I previously touched on the topic of craft and local beers in my post about airport bars serving them, along with great wines. Denver International Airport hosted a beer garden on its public Plaza Sept. 20 through Oct. 10 that featured samplings from 10 breweries from around Colorado.
But local breweries across the country have opened branches in airports, as part of an effort to bring in more eateries and bars with local ties. In that spirit, I'm sharing my picks for great places to imbibe at 10 airports across the country.
I always like to promote companies in my home state, and promote those located at my home airport, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. DuClaw is a popular Maryland brand with themed brews. Located in Southwest Airlines' Concourse A pre-security, beers available include Anti Venom IPA Cluster F*ck, 865 cc Coffee Stout, Bare Ass Blonde Ale and Consecration American Brown Ale.
This is the Denver International Airport outlet of the New Belgium Brewing Company, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, near Gate B60. I'm not a big beer drinker, but I love New Belgium's Fat Tire. I loved it so much that I used to buy it during family trips to Texas and bring it home because it wasn't sold in Baltimore. While at the airport, try the Fat Tire, Blue Paddle Pilsner or the Lips of Faith on draft.
Portland, Oregon, is well known for being a hot spot when it comes to craft beers. Local favorite Rogue has opened this outlet and Portland International Airport on Concourse D near Gate 4. Take your pick from beers including Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Dead Guy Ale, Mocha Porter and Juniper Pale Ale. If you're lucky, you may score a mug of John's Locker Stock, a special brew conjured up every so often by Brewmaster John Maier.
This city favorite is also open in the Airside C Terminal at Tampa International Airport. Pair Cuban food specialties with beers including Jai Alai India Pale Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale and Patio Tools Stout.
This brewpub chain has two outlets at Los Angeles International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 5. Eat the restaurant's pub food offerings with beers like Santa Monica Rotator, Dogtown Duck IPA and Dude’s Pecan Ale.
Squatters Pub Brewery is the original brewery restaurant in Salt Lake City. So it only makes sense that an outlet was opened at Salt Lake City International Airport. Located in Terminal 2 Concourse 3, the brewery features a variety of ales and lagers brewed on site at Squatters' downtown location. The restaurant features beers including Off Duty IPA, Sasquatch Hoppy Pils, American Wheat Hefeweizen and Nitro Red Ale. It also serves food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, along with take-out eats.
The taproom in this brewpub, located in the Ohio City neighborhood in Cleveland, features the Tiger Mahogany bar, where the "untouchable" Eliot Ness once sat. The outlet at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, near Gate C14, offers beers including Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Burning River Pale Ale.
Located in Concourse C at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, this local brewery allows travelers to get a sample of local beers and food. Selections include Fairbanks Lager, 50 States Stout, Silver Gulch Tundra Apple Ale and Discombobulator Lager.
Good People Brewing Company Airport Pub
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is home to this brewpub, created to showcase craft beers in the South. The airport outlet, in Concourse A, is staffed entirely by cicerone, the beer equivalent of a sommelier for wine. Choices available include Good People Pale Ale and Snake Handler IPA.
Four Peaks Brewing Company
This local favorite has four outlets in the greater Phoenix area, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Located in Terminal 4, the airport outlet sells the usual pub food, along with beers including Kilt Lifter Scottish-Style Ale, Hefeweizen, Oatmeal Stout and Peach Ale.