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Sky suds: 8 airlines with the best beer offerings

Leinenkugel, a brewery based in Chippewa Falls, Wis., makes a variety of seasonal beers – including an Oktoberfest.
Leinenkugel, a brewery based in Chippewa Falls, Wis., makes a variety of seasonal beers – including an Oktoberfest. Leinenkugel

If “getting there is half the fun,” what’s the best way to get to Oktoberfest?

Brooke Parker of cheapflights.com compiled a list of the top beer-loving airlines, based on their inflight inventory.

On the list?

Southwest

On the list (and at roughly $5 per can): New Belgium Fat Tire and seasonal offerings from Leinenkugel. Also: Dos Equis Lager Especial.

United

On the list: Goose Island IPA. Note: Parker points out that beers are complimentary on some longer flights; ask the attendant.

Hawaiian

On the list: “Maui Brewing Company’s Biking Blonde Lager, a light, 100 percent malt beer.”

Lufthansa

On the list: Multiple offerings from Warsteiner, one of the largest breweries in Germany.

easyJet

On the list: The English carrier offers Old Speckled Hen, an English pale ale.

Frontier

On the list: Oskar Blues Brewery’s Dale’s Pale Ale, brewed in Colorado – Frontier’s home turf.

Air New Zealand

On the list: Macs’s Craft Beers, a macro brewery from New Zealand. Parker: “Try the smooth and refreshing Gold All Malt Lager.” Also available: Stella Artois.

Delta

Craft beers available on some – not all – flights: brews by Lagunitas Brewing, Ballast Point, Brooklyn Brewery, Stone Brewing, Samuel Adams and Sweetwater 420.

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