Frontier Airlines: A Whole New Can-imal

By Kirby Bennett

If you are flying to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, or on any of Frontier Airlines flights this October, you’re in for a special treat! Dale’s Pale Ale, brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colo., will be offered on Frontier flights throughout the month of October.

The beer won by popular vote on Facebook in the airlines new monthly “Choose Your Brew” competition, which focuses on local Colorado craft beers. Dale’s Pale Ale is an award-winning hoppy American pale ale weighing in at 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs.

Other local craft beers in the running were Boulder Beer’s Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale and Breckenridge Brewery’s Avalanche, amber ale. On their Facebook page Oskar Blues thanks everybody for the votes and adds “Fuh-CAN-eh!!!”

This contest is a big step in the right direction for craft beer lovers who fly on Frontier, and one that has been on the minds of many travelers for a while now. In 2010,’s Julia Herz wrote about not being able to enjoy a craft beer on her flight home to Denver in “Airline Shakedown—Yearning for Crafts On Board.”

Kirby BennettKirby Bennett’s love of craft beer started in 2002 when she was living in Amsterdam and discovered an amazing bottleshop called De Bierkoning. A long ways now from sipping La Trappe on the canals, she is currently the Craft Beer Program intern for the Brewers Association. She is a Cicerone® Certified Beer Server, holds a BA in English, dabbles in homebrewing, and makes a mean quinoa salad. She hopes to continue her career somewhere in the distribution world, then someday open a sustainable beer bar in whatever city she decides to settle in!