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Best U.S. Airports For Great Beer

on 23/12/13 at 1:21 pm


airport-fThe quality of economy air travel deteriorates every year, bar one glimmering area where things’ve actually improved: airport watering holes. No longer forced to settle in with a can of Coors Light, today’s travelers have access to local breweries that’ve set up camp to pour craft suds — one even doing the brewing on-site. We check out the eight best airports in the country for the discerning (and delayed) beer fan.

8. San Francisco International Airport — Terminal 3
It shouldn’t surprise you that an airport with its own aquarium, yoga studio, and aviation museum would also rock an Anchor Brewing. This was America’s first craft brewery (well, not the airport location), dating back to the Gold Rush. There’s also a Gordon Biersch in Terminal 3, which brews six of their beers under the German Purity Law of 1516.

Tip: Check out SF Uncork’d to make a real crawl of it. It’s a modern bar that serves flights and bottles of California’s most popular beers. Over-served? Never fear — you can sleep it off at SFO

7. Philadelphia International Airport Terminals B and C
Plan on setting up camp pre-flight at Jet Rock Bar and Grill, where they serve 22oz-ers of 48 different draft brews.

Tip: Desperate for a layover brew but trapped in Terminals A West, D, or E? Catch an Iggles game and down crab fries at Chickie’s & Pete’s, which opened its first PHL location in 2007. Bring on the Dogfish Head, Ommegang, and Flying Dog.