Craft Beer is FINALLY coming to Southwest

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Some get REALLY excited over mistake fares, others get REALLY excited over massive credit card sign-up bonuses. Me? I get REALLY excited over enhanced onboard beer selection!

Southwest announced at the beginning of this month they are rolling out Colorado’s own, Fat Tire beer onboard Southwest flights.


As a proud beer snob, I can say it has long irked me that the craft beer selection on just about every domestic carrier is nonexistent. I have seen craft beer on Virgin America but can’t remember too many other encounters with anything but the usual watery suspects.  I hope other domestic carriers take note and this is just the start of the onboard craft beer revolution.

Fat Tire is a tasty Amber Ale coming from New Belgium Brewing Company, the third largest craft brewery in the United States out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Fat Tire is not my favorite craft beer but it represents an important shift away from the same old thing.

Cheers to no longer having to choose between Corona and Heineken as the ultra-premium beer selections onboard!

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  1. Although welcomed, harldly a craft beer as the “third largest brewery”. When you can get it at any airport Chilis or Applebees, something a little more crafty would be welcomed.

  2. Sam Adams is definitely available on the BOS-LGA DL shuttle. Daniel’s comment on what qualifies as craft applies

  3. @Daniel/Ben – For what it is worth, the Brewers Association does have a specific objective definition for a Craft Brewer. Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) and New Belgium (Fat Tire) happen to be the largest and third largest craft breweries respectively that qualify. All craft breweries combined still only account for about 6.5% of US consumption by volume.

  4. Horizon Air has offered craft beer for over a decade.

    In 2003 when I completed 35 flight segments on Horizon Air between San Jose and Portland, OR for 100,000 bonus miles on $625 in tickets, the free craft beer made the prop plane flights so much more tolerable.

  5. Alaska’s SAN-CTS (which I think is flown by Horizon Air) has craft beer poured for free on it. That’s a fun flight.

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