U.S Airports with Craft Beer Bars

Real Ale at Airports. Boutique Beer before you fly!

The quality of economy air travel deteriorates every year. However, there is one glimmer on the horizon where things have actually improved - airport beer outlets. Within many airports you are no longer forced to settle for the local mass produced chemically enhanced beer. Today travellers have access to local breweries that in some airports have outlets, one even doing the brewing on-site.

Being delayed at these airports has suddenly become a lot more enjoyable! Also with so many budget carriers charging for all the extras like food and drink, once on board, best to fill the tank and bladder at these better airports.

San Francisco International Airport -- Terminal 3
It should not surprise anyone that an airport with its own aquarium, yoga studio, and aviation museum would also feature an Anchor Brewing outlet. This was America’s first craft brewery (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.
Philadelphia International Airport --Terminals B and C
Plan on setting up your campsite prior to departure at Jet Rock Bar and Grill, where they serve up to 48 different draft brews.
Tampa International Airport -- Terminals C and F
In 2012, the Tampa based Cigar City Brewing opened a pub at Terminal C, becoming the only spot in the USA where beer is actually brewed onsite at an airport. You might like to try the “Tony Jannus Pale Ale”, it pays homage to the first commercial pilot who flew from St. Petersburg (thast the U.S. one) to Tampa in 1914.

Aficionados  can also visit the Sam Adams kiosk eight gates away, and the Stella Artois Bar at Terminal F, where they pour -- you guessed it -- Hoegaarden. In addition to Stella of course

Portland International Airport -- Terminals A, D, and E
Portland’s “go local” philosophy extends to the airport, where two outposts of the Laurelwood Public House and Brewery (A and E) serve drafts like “Red Range Ale”, “Space Stout”, and “Organic Tree Hugger Porter”. In D, the popular Rogue Ales Public House pours 11 styles of their cask-conditioned ales, unpasteurised and experimental West Coast creations.
John F. Kennedy International Airport -- Terminals 2 and 4
Kick back at the BRKLYN Beer Garden in Terminal 2, where they offer over 20 drafts (mostly from New York area brewers) like the rich Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, crisp Captain Lawrence Kolsch, and aromatic Southampton Double White. Other great spots include Sam Adam's Bar (4) and Tigin Irish Pub (4). BRKLYN Beer Garden’s chef pairs innovative meals with your craft pints, including: beer sausage with spicy pork and beef; beer garden fried steak with black forest ham and gruyère; and hot brown melted beer-cheddar with smoked turkey, smoked gouda cream, bacon, and rye.
Logan International Airport -- Terminals A, B, C, and E
As you would imagine from the city that brews Sam Adams and Harpoon, your local craft beer needs will be covered. Hit popular area brewer Beer Works (C) and sip from ten different offerings including “Back Bay IPA”, “Beantown Nut Brown Ale”, and “Boston Garden Golden”. In Terminals B or E, Nantucket-based Cisco Brew Pub's your choice. Then you have the Harpoon Tap Room serving nine hop heavy IPAs, old-style ales, and rich stouts.
Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport -- Terminal G
In addition to being an awesome passenger friendly airport in overall, the bars and restaurants showcase over fifteen regional and local breweries. Mimosa, Minnibar, Twinburger, and Mill City Tavern collectively cover crafts from Schells, Fulton, Lucid, Grain Belt, Brau Brothers, Surly, Finnigans, Rush River, Bells, and Great Lakes breweries. Over in F, Ike’s on Summit boasts seven beers from St. Paul’s largest craft brewer, Summit. Rock Bottom Brewery rocks locations in Concourses C and D.
San Diego International Airport -- Terminal 2
Not surprisingly, the Craft Beer Capital of America is also home to one of the best beer airports, complete with 12 bars. Terminal 2 is especially brew focused, with two locations of Stone Brewing Co. offering over a dozen drafts, a full flight menu, and assortment of ale infused sustenance; meanwhile, the Urban Crave offers almost 20 brews and, for the beer enthusiast on a budget, a PBR Tallboy in a brown paper bag (should you have no interest in appearing upgrade worthy).