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Booze News Weekly

Booze News Weekly / September 28, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyDo you ever find yourself bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to talk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week…

British Supermarkets FTW:

For the first time ever, supermarkets and off-licenses sold more beer in 2015 than the 145,000 pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants. Over 7 billion pints were sold in the UK. According to the British Beer and Pub Association, larger supermarkets unloaded 51% of that amount. This is due to the promotions that these venues are able to offer versus pubs that can’t afford to lower their prices.

Airport & Airplane Drinking:

The rules on drinking in airports and on airplanes are changing. (Friendly reminder: being drunk while flying is illegal). Some airlines are thinking about limiting two drinks per passenger. That would be the first step, with the possibility of extending that to airport bars. Finally, some specific flights that are known for having more tipsy/drunk people aboard might have passengers breathalyzed at the gate. None of this is a reality now, but discussions are happening so beware. This wouldn’t be the best financial decision for airports and airlines so it might be a while before anything of these new rules go into motion. In the meantime, drink and fly safely!

Gin-Infused Wings:

Yeah you read that correctly. It all began in the motherland, England. But this crazy, yet delicious, creation has crossed the pond. It goes great with any gin but we recommend Pinksters (yes, it’s a pink gin), Elephant Gin and West Winds. Bust these out at your next dinner party and you’ll be sure to get rave reviews.


Kegs on a Plane

Our Stories / July 31, 2016 / 1 Comment.

klm-draft-inside-header2Close your eyes. Now, imagine having a flight attendant poor you a fresh, cold beer straight from the tap. Well believe it or not, being served a draft beer on your next flight is more of a reality than it is a dream. Introducing this innovative idea is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, who have teamed up with Heineken.

Edwin Griffioen has come up with a keg design that can fit in between the small airplane aisles, while also finding an alternative to using CO2, as it is prohibited on airplanes. This guy even had to take into account cabin pressure from the plane being so high in the sky, as too much pressure will pour out a foamy beer. No one has time for that. Edwin managed to set the diameter of the tap and the air pressure to the perfect combination that replicates the same pressure you would get on ground level. Cool, right?

Since they had to shrink the keg, the cooling system had to be altered by creating special aisle carts that will keep the beer at a chill 5˚ C. So if you’re traveling to Europe anytime soon, be sure to jet set with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to enjoy a perfectly poured beer at 39,000 feet.


Apple Pay is Taking Off

Our Stories / February 17, 2015 / No Comments.

Apple_Pay_BannerBeginning this week, passengers flying select JetBlue flights out of JFK can pay for food, drinks or other inflight amenities using Apple Pay through an iPhone 6/6 Plus. Even more exciting, once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you’ll be able to upgrade to an available premium seat using the same system.

We know what you’re thinking and we agree: the future is crazy and oh so real. Still, it’s here and now, and somewhere down the line, JetBlue claims that passengers will be able to pay via an Apple Watch, Google Pay, and other mobile payment methods. Can you imagine paying for a Bloody Mary with just a scan of your wrist?

While this service starts with transcontinental flights between JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco, more flights will be added in the coming months, with all JetBlue planes accepting Apple Pay by June. Eventually, passengers will be able to make their inflight purchases using a JetBlue mobile application.

This all sounds pretty groovy, especially when you consider the times you’ve flown sitting next to that guy who elbowed you every time he needed to dig his wallet out of his pocket/backpack/overhead bin to pay for his drink. Thanks to JetBlue, you can now sip (and sit) in the sky with ease.


Craft Beer in the Clouds

Beer / December 15, 2014 / No Comments.

suds-on-a-plane-the-9-best-craft-beers-served-in-flightYou know when you walk on an airplane, and you immediately realize you’re most likely going to burn a hole in your wallet by consuming only a few in-flight drinks? We’re familiar with the feeling, but besides being able to build your own classic cocktails (utilizing several carry-on ingredients), one airline in particular has upped the ante by adding select craft beers to their in-flight beverage menu.

Delta airlines has recently began stocking their beverage carts with a range of regional craft brews in the hope of providing a more local feel to their already existing beverage and meal options. Giving all customers on specific U.S. flight routes a craft beer option, Delta offers picks the following breweries:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)
  • Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island, NY)
  • Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, CA)
  • Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, MA)
  • Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
  • Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA)
  • SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta, GA)

While some brews are only available on select routes (Lagunitas and Stone beer are exclusively offered on Delta’s west coast shuttle, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco), some beers (i.e. Samuel Adams) are available on all flights. More importantly, craft beers on east coast shuttle flights are complimentary (yes, that’s right, free), while those on transcontinental, southeast and all other flights cost around $7.

We think Delta is ahead of the curve with this beverage initiative, and we’re sure you’re with us when we say we will praise the day other airlines hop on the craft beer bandwagon.