HEBRON, Ky. — For those who don’t particularly enjoy flying, a little bit of in-flight liquid courage can go a long way toward calming the nerves. Luckily for Cincinnati’s nervous flyers, the airlines flying in and out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport carry some of the best brews.
Travel website Travel Pulse partnered with beer enthusiasts Beer Advocate to answer the question: Which U.S. airline offers the best beer menu? The survey looked at nine airlines’ beer offerings and averaged those beers’ ratings on Beer Advocate.
As it turns out, Delta Air Lines — which maintains one of its hubs at CVG — tops that list, with this lineup of libations:
Samuel Adams (86)
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale (82)
Blue Moon Belgian White (78)
Miller Lite (55)
Average score: 73.6
Alaskan Airlines and JetBlue followed up with the second and third place spots, respectively.
The rising trend in the airline industry to offer wider varieties of beer and wine — including craft beers — follows with the growing favor the craftier brews have among America’s beer drinkers, according to the Travel Pulse report. The production of craft beer in the U.S. has reached historic levels, which makes purchasing and distribution easier.
Other airlines rated that fly out of CVG include:
American Airlines (64.6 average)
Frontier Airlines (66.6 average)
United Airlines (69 average)
See Travel Pulse and Beer Advocate's full list of airline beer menu ratings here.