The three major U.S. Airlines (American Airlines, United/Continental, and Delta Airlines) only offer beers such as Budweiser, Miller, Heineken and Corona on flights. Many beer lovers simply refuse to pay for these beverages which are not local and are headquartered abroad. Craft beer enthusiasts also point to the lack of quality and flavor which mass produced pale lagers impart.
In an effort to affect change, beer lovers have united with an online petition to the airlines asking for regionally craft brewed beer to be offered on flights. In just a few days the petition has garnered hundreds of signatures including that of brewery founders Greg Koch, Will Hamill and Garrett Marrero. The petition was started in reaction to a post on a beer and whiskey fan site. The post, entitled “What’s it Take to Get a Good Beer Up Here?!”, from SingleMaltMates.com tells the difficulties of obtaining a full-flavored regional beer on domestic and international flights.
“The goal is to reach 50,000 signatures by Black Friday (November 23, 2012) however we believe that number could be doubled, ” says Ryan Anderson, a Blogger for SingleMalteMates.com and author of the online petition.
“Smaller airlines such as Alaskan and Frontier have been offering regional craft beer on flights for awhile now, so it can be done,” says Kendon Carrera, Blogger and co-creator of the SingleMaltMates.com.
CraftBeer.com’s Julia Herz posed this same question in 2009 in: “Airline Shakedown—Yearning for Crafts On Board.”
Canned craft beer presents the most managable packaging for air travel. According to CraftCans.com, there are now 213 breweries canning 761 different beers in 46 states, with many more breweries such as Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City, Utah, preparing to can before the end of the year.
Current In-flight Beer Offerings
(These listings are as of July 2012 according to alcademics.com.)
- United Airlines: Budweiser, Miller Lite, Heineken
- American Airlines: Amstel Light, Budweiser, Budweiser Light, Corona Extra, Heineken, Miller, Miller Lite
- Delta Airlines: Corona Extra Heinken, Miller LIte
Where Your Beer Comes From
- Anheuser-Busch InBev N.V. is a Belgian-Brazilian multinational company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium
- SABMiller, plc is a British multinational headquartered in London.
- Heineken International is a Dutch brewing company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- AB-Inbev, SABMIller, and Heineken International are three largest breweries in the world by volume.
- Craft Breweries in the U.S. promote the growth of their local economies by providing jobs and quality products to consumers.
Feedback from Petition Signers
“Being able to support a brand that is concerned with the environment and being a flavorful beer is paramount to enjoying my flights […] and probably make me worry less about being late out of the gate,” – Timothy Kolacz | Placentia, Calif.
“Better beer and it supports small business,” – Michelle Anderson | Indianapolis, Ind.
“Because craft brewers are amazing small/medium sized businesses generating jobs and changing America one quality pint at a time.” - Melani Gordon | San Diego, Caif.
“I am a heavy traveler and craft beer fan for 20+years […] I would enjoy a craft beer option when I fly, but due to the non-craft selection that is typically offered, I drink nothing,” – Greg Koch, founder of Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, Calif.
Add your signature to the online petition.
SingleMaltMates.com is a beer and whiskey blog created by Ryan Anderson and Kendon Carrera in an attempt to inform and entertain about all that is craft beer and whiskey.
Last Updated: October 2, 2012