On September 1 American Airlines will be making a hard cutover to change three of their beers on board.
Budweiser, New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA and Sam Adams Boston Lager are being dropped in favor of:
- Goose Island IPA
- Fat Tire Belgian White
- A rotating selection of Sam Adams starting with Octoberfest. This will be swapped for another Sam Adams varietal in November.
American continues to offer Bud Light, Heineken, and Dos Equis as well.
A typical drawer with 10 beers will have two each of the Goose Island, Fat Tire, Bud Light and Heineken and one Sam and Dos Equis so that says something about expected popularity I’d think. These beers are available complimentary in premium cabins and for purchase in economy.
American does change out beers on some international flights with a destination-specific option. Tokyo flights get Kirin. Seoul gets Cass/OB Premium. Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai get Tsingtao. Sydney’s selection is Victoria Bitter, and both Europe and Auckland flights get Heineken. (There’s no destination beer for South America.)
Personally I’m just glad American has increased the supply of Woodford Reserve in first class to six minis per first class liquor drawer, so they shouldn’t run out on most flights.