Thursday, June 08, 2006

Airports and Good Beer

Is good beer getting better to find nowadays or what?! First it's good beer bars, then good beer restaurants, then good beer at sporting arenas. Now, better beer is showing up at your neighborhood airport. Seriously!

This may surprise some of you that do not have the opportunity to pass through airports. Or, those of you who don't have the time to search it out as you are passing through to your flight. But, others of you know exactly what I am talking about.

Take for example our trip this last weekend from Philadelphia to Detroit to Madison. Then, home from Madison to Minneapolis to Philadelphia. I have listed below a sampling of the beer that I found in Detroit, Madison, and Minneapolis.

You may agree that Madison may be the most surprising. Not because they have two bars with nice brew selections, but because they probably have the highest brewpub per airport capita an airport with only 10 gates!

Detroit, MI (DTW) - "Tailpipe Taproom" (near Gates A71-A78) Widmer Hefeweizen; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Fosters; Labatt Blue; Budweiser; Bud Light; Miller Lite - "Max & Erma's" (near Gate A29) Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat; Warsteiner; Molson Canadian; Sam Adams Summer Ale; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Miller Lite - "Slapshotz" (near Gate A21) Sam Adams Boston Lager; Guinness; Fosters; Heineken; Labatt Blue; Budweiser; Bud Light; Miller Lite

Madison, WI (MSN) - "Würst" (near Gate A5) Hacker Pschorr Weisse; Great Dane Pils; Beck's; Beck's Dark; Sam Adams Light; Amstel Light; Capital Winter Skal; St. Pauli Girl; Leinenkugel's Wheat; Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Budweiser - "Great Dane Brewpub" (near Gate A4) Landmark Lite; Devil's Lake Red Lager; Emerald Isle Stout; Black Earth Porter; Old Glory American Pale Ale; Belgian Dubbel

Minneapolis, MN (MSP) - "Axel's Bonfire" (in Main Terminal) Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Bonfire Lager (exclusively brewed by Auguste Schell); Bass; Budweiser; Bud Light - "TGIFriday's" (near Gates C9-C12) Stella Artois; Blue Moon; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Summit Extra Pale Ale; Heineken; Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss; Budweiser; Bud Light; Miller Lite


Anonymous said...

I agree Madison's the most surprising. Haker Pschorr at an airport?

But does having Sam Adams Boston really make it a good beer spot?

Bryan Kolesar said...

No, it certainly does not! The one thing that I've learned in my travels, esp. through airports, is the ubiquitousness of Sam Adams. The 'Boston Lager' is everywhere! While not a bad beer, I almost lump it in with some of the other macro muck ;-)