$28 Airport Beers Are At Least Getting Tastier [Roundup]

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  1. The real key is, what are they serving in whatever lounge you belong to, for free. Centurion Lounges have cocktails by Jim Meehan, so we know they’ve got that covered.

    Someone needs to put together a list of the best things to order in each airport lounge. Might help decide which one to pick – if the top of the list is Bud Light, pass.

  2. Sam Adams Lager is a great beer. Very few have done more to bring about the great brewing revival in the United States than Boston Beer Co. I neither work for them nor own any stock in the company. It just gets old as someone who remembers when the only options at most bars were Bud, Miller, or PBR to hear the beer snobs run down Sam.

  3. @Bob – Yes and no. Back in the day, Sam Adams was one of the few games in town. They get credit for that. But they are no longer top of the game. Better than almost anything Big Beer produces, yes. But wouldn’t be my first choice, if something else more local were available. Especially since I’m more of an IPA guy, and they’re not known for that. But yes, they shouldn’t be looked down on like Big Beer.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the big names in craft beer are getting bought up, so you always have to be careful about depending on past reputation. Goose Island definitely went downhill when bought by AB-InBev, despite them trying to claim it was the same. It isn’t. My old reliable, Bell’s, was sold last November and the founder retired. We’ll see if it holds up. But there’s still Boulevard Tank 7. Sierra Nevada has held up, despite getting very large. It’s always a moving target.

  4. When I had a six hour wait for my plane at DCA two weeks ago, I did the quick math and opted to spend $59 for the Admirals Club day pass. $28 for a BEER? Nope. Unless it makes me three inches taller.

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