I like planes. I like craft beer. I like being an #AvGeek. Let’s combine them all!
Airways Brewing Company and AirlineReporter are very excited to announce the new #AvGeek beer! It is a Hoppy Pale Ale and one of the coolest parts? It is using “experimental hop 727.” Who doesn’t love a 727, either being the tri-holed airliner or a hop?
No, this is not a paid advertisement. No, I am not getting any kickbacks here. Yes, I should say that I have been able to enjoy some of this beer. But when something this cool comes along, from a few good people, we surely want to share!
I met the brewery owners, Alex and Dione, a while back — actually at a different brewery. I fell in love with the concept of an airline-themed brewery and we became fast friends. During our discussion, they asked if I liked the idea of an #AvGeek-themed beer. Um, yes please!
They have been working hard to get it ready, and if you are going to Aviation Geek Fest; good news! It’s going to be served at the AvGeek Social on Saturday night (there are still Mini Tickets for sale, where you get to attend the social).
“From the theme of our brewery, it’s obvious I’m an AvGeek,” said Alex Dittmar, founder and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “As we near our fifth anniversary, it seems like a good time to celebrate the other passion we have besides beer.” I can definitely attest that Alex is an AvGeek. And sitting down with a beer and talking airliners with him, especially hearing the stories he hears from old-timers that come in — amazing.
Even if you can’t catch Alex to have a good conversation, the place (not surprisingly) attracts AvGeeks, those that work in the airline business, and also with Boeing. It is typically easy to make a friend or two and start talking aviation.
If there is going to be an #AvGeek beer, it needs to be done right. This isn’t a light beer — it comes in at 6.1% alcohol by volume and 50 IBUs (International Bittering Units) and was made to “showcase the hop flavors and aroma, and also be extremely balanced.”
During my visit, I had the opportunity to try some right out of the fermentation tank (totally cool, by the way). And it is good. Damn good. We didn’t want a beer that wouldn’t live up to AvGeek standards and trust me — this does!
Looking to try some? They will be available in 22-ounce bottles throughout Western Washington and the Portland, Oregon area at select specialty bottle shops. It will also be available to purchase from their website.
Or, if you want the real deal, head to their taproom and/or bistro in Kent and have some on tap — the best way to drink beer. And if you go, be sure to share a photo with us via the @AirlineReporter Twitter account. Get a shot with you, the #AvGeek beer, and one of our #AvGeek stickers… uber bonus points for you (and maybe a re-tweet).
Also, this is not the only airline-themed beer that Airways Brewing Company has created. I fell in love with the image for the Sky Hag IPA. If asked to think of an old, grumpy flight attendant that might have been flying on a domestic carrier (I have one in mind) a bit too long, she is EXACTLY what I would come up with.