Let’s face it, when you think of airport hotels, you may not necessarily think delicious beer. More than likely, you’re there for convenient access to the airport, and comfortable accommodations that provide you reprieve from a long day of travel. As frequent travelers, we've learned one very important lesson – airport hotels offer a treasure trove of skillfully crafted brews. So, pull up a bar stool and browse our list of favorite craft brews hiding throughout the country!
Amber Ale, El Segundo Brewing Company, Los Angeles
Bonfire Brown, Saugatuck Brewing Co, Detroit
Stop by Connections in the lobby of the Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport for a pour of one of their local favorites, Bonfire Brown. A classic American Brown Ale with chocolate and nutty flavors plus a hint of smoked malt in the finish, this robust ale never disappoints.
Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin, Lagunitas, Chicago
The Benchmark GastroPub at The Westin O’Hare hotel features an extensive beer list that locals flock to - in fact, you’ll find 12 rotating craft local beers on tap at any given time. Many of the beers are from local breweries, with our favorite coming from Lagunitas. Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin is smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ishness. A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans yet smooth enough to attract Hefeweizen fans.
Big Surf Laidback Lager, Big Surf Beer Co, Kelowna
Escape the airport hustle and find paradise at Four Points Kelowna Airport. Kick back and chill as the surfers do with a crisp, clean Laidback Lager, their featured craft brew from local brewery, Big Surf Beer Co. There may not be any waves, but you'll experience a splash of flavor with this American Pale Lager.
Oskar Blues, Dales Pale Ale, Denver
It seems only fitting to indulge in a Colorado crafted brew while enjoying views of the Rocky Mountains from the 6th floor sky lounge of the all new Westin Denver International Airport. Watch the planes come in as you enjoy a Dales Pale Ale from Oskar Blues, a local Colorado prew-pub. Dales Pale Ale is a voluminously hopped brew that offers balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops.
Mosaic IPA, Community Beer Company, Dallas
Whether you're unwinding in the Whiskey Tango Lounge or shooting pool in Local Texas Tap & Kitchen, you can enjoy the best craft beer Dallas has to offer at Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel. Both feature an impressive lineup of brews created right in the heart of Dallas, including Community Beer Company’s Mosaic IPA. This well-balanced brew showcases a unique hop aroma and flavor, with a hint of caramel sweetness.
RICA Wheat IPA, Concrete Beach Brewery, Miami
Inspired by the unique flavors of Miami, this Wheat India Pale Ale features aromas of grapefruit and pine, with a lingering hop bite. The outdoor patio at of the Rickenbacker, located at Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, provides the perfect backdrop to soak in the river views while enjoying this smooth IPA.
Mermaid Pilsner, Coney Island, New York
Even if you aren’t a believer in those legendary aquatic creatures, we promise you’ll be a believer of Mermaid Pilsner. Guests of Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel will be transported to Coney Island with a sip of this light bodied hopped lager, with a touch of mild spiciness balanced by crisp and fruity aroma.
Threshold IPA, Red Door Brewing Company, Albuquerque
Enjoying a beverage before or after your flight comes easy at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, with just 200 yards between the hotel and baggage claim. Our pick: a West Coast IPA featuring an aroma of grapefruit and tangerines, with a mildly sweet, piney finish.
White Lighting, Full Pint Brewing Company, Pittsburgh
Hailing from North Versailles, PA, this Belgian-Style White Ale is a popular choice for those staying at Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. This refreshingly crisp beer features a complex malt character with sweet orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise.
Star Cheek IPA, Tool Shed Brewing, Calgary
Henry’s Pub, located at Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, is a favorite of both locals and visitors, mostly for its selection of local beers like Star Cheek IPA. Considered hoppier than most traditional IPA’s, Star Cheek is bold and citrusy, with a smooth finish.
Next time you visit one of our airport hotels, make time to stop by the bar. You'll learn a thing or two about the local beer scene, and you might even walk away with a new favorite beer.