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Beer in Airports

Please send me your beer-related airport experiences, and I'll add them to the list! Be sure to include the date you travelled through the airport.

Thanks to Richard Gardner and Bob McCreight for the idea, and to all the contributors for their comments.

Knut Albert Solem passes along this advice:

A general tip: How to get free beer at airports. If you have a Diners Club credit card, you have access to a number of airport lounges for free. This means free Guinness in Dublin, free Leffe in Brussels, free Tuborg and scnapps in Copenhagen, free wheat beer in Munich and so on.Coffee, soft drinks, snacks - and sometimes more substantial food as well. Details at the Diners web site.

Airports in Colorado, United States

Colorado Springs (COS)

  • Contributor: “AirportAndie”
    Visited: 2005-11-14
    Gordon Biersch with a variety of their beer is in the Colorado Springs Airport as of November 14, 2005.
  • Contributor: J.D. Reese
    Visited: 2001-03-01
    The CO Springs airport has Laughing Lab which is a fine, malty brew from a local brewery, Bristol Brewery. Laughing Lab has to be one of the best local brews that I've ever tasted in my 18+ years of traveling around the world. It is, technically, a Scottish Ale. Bristol also makes a hoppy IPA, a nice red ale, and a honey-blonde that is to die for. Check it out!

Denver (DEN) [Airport Map]

  • Contributor: Aubrey Lawrence
    Visited: 2009-11-05
    DIA pub crawl!
    Plenty of great brews available at the airport
  • Contributor: Bryan Kolesar
    Visited: 2009-06-26
    • "Lefty's Front Range" (gate C50) - Boulder Past Time APA, Boulder Sweaty Betty, Boulder Sundance, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light
    • "Timberline Steakhouse" (Concourse C main area) - Left Hand Sawtooth, Timberline Pilsner (by Left Hand), Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone IPA, Avery Karma, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite
    • bottles at Timberline: Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine, Avery White Rascal, Avery 14er ESB, Avery Salvation, New Belgium Fat Tire, Great Divide DPA, Fuller's London Pride, Bristol Brewing Laughing Lab, Odell 90 Shilling, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Porter, Stone IPA, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Left Hand Imperial Stout, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

  • Contributor: Jim Johnson
    Visited: 2009-06-10
    The Mesa Verde Lounge in terminal A has a good selection of Colorado Beers. Fat Tire, Colorado Kolsch and others. They only serve Colorado made beer including Bud and Coors. Good food as well. The breakfast burrito's are great.
    It's also a smoking lounge for those of you looking for a smoke and a beer between flights.
  • Contributor: Bryan Kolesar
    Visited: 2008-10-05
    "Timberline Steakhouse" (Concourse C main area) - Stone IPA, Great Divide DPA, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, Boulder Singletrack, Odell 90 Shilling, Killian's, Blue Moon, Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite
  • Contributor: Heather Stosick
    Visited: 1999-09-01
    In Concourse C a new location is the Cowboy. I passed through this terminal twice during Labor Day Weekend 99 and found about 20 different microbrewery selections. Some where definitely local that I had never seen before "Dead Gulch" or Firehouse (from Rapid City, SD), and some more common ones like Full Sail Ale. Good, comfortable atmosphere.
  • Contributor: David Edgar
    Visited: 1998-04-01
    Craft beer at "Pour La France" cafe: New Belgium's Fat Tire, Rockies Brewing Co.'s Singletrack Ale, plus one product each from Samuel Adams and Redhook.
  • Contributor: Eric Cloninger
    Visited: 1996-04-11
    Denver has some decent beers in the concourses and in the terminals. Of course, 24 oz. is going to run you $4.50US - $5.00US. I've seen Boulder Pale Ale, Left Hand (Longmont, CO), and, of course, Jim Koch's grandfathers centuries-old recipe. There are other microbrewery offerings in the airport, but no names spring to mind.
  • Contributor: Eriks A. Ziemelis
    Visited: 1996-04-11
    This probably is the Pour La France restaurant. There is a second one in the main terminal, upper level (ticketing level). I always have the Odell's 90 Schilling (Odell's, Ft. Collins, CO), but seem to remember that they also have Bass, New Belgium Fat Tire (bombers), and several other non-Budmilloors. Pints were $3.50(?). Good food too. Though I haven't hit all the establishments in the airport, Pour La France seems to have the best selection in the airport.
  • Contributor: Jim Dudley
    Visited: 1996-04-10
    Terminal B and C both have good beers on tap. Still a little limited but the best so far.
  • Contributor: Randy Paul
    Visited: 1996-03-01
    Decent selection of Colorado micros including O'Neil's (Odell's?), Left Hand, and New Belgium. Rarely more than two at any particular bar.
  • Contributor: Richard Gardner
    Visited: 1996-03-01
    United Terminal (B) has 3 good bars: East side, in middle, best selection; Sports bar, OK; Little place, at end, has Blue Moon.