February 12 2014  |  Catering

Alaska Airlines to offer local beer tasting on Q400 flights

By Tanya Filippelli

Travelers on Alaska Airlines Q400 flights will be offered a free sampling of Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.'s Old 55 Pale Ale next month.

"Silver Gulch is a successful local business based in the Fairbanks area, and we're excited to offer their beer on our Q400 flights within Alaska," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president – Alaska. "This continues our tradition of serving products made in the communities we proudly serve."

Passengers will have the opportunity to sample the pale ale free of charge beginning March 3 as Alaska Airlines introduces the Bombardier Q400 to the state of Alaska.

"Travelers are going to enjoy our popular pale ale," said Glenn Brady, president of Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. "It's a really nice beer that has a broad appeal. It's going to enlighten a lot of people on what a craft beer can be, in terms of 'Well I never thought I'd enjoy that, but I did.' "

Samples are 6.5 ounces and will be offered to customers 21 years of age and older on flights operating after 11 a.m.

"The pale ale we serve to customers onboard our Q400 flights will be about as fresh as you can get," said Lisa Luchau, Alaska Airlines' director of onboard food and beverage. "It'll be bottled and packed every day."

The brewery will bottle the beer in stainless steel "Kleen Kanteens". Travelers can pick up their own Kleen Kanteens at the brewery's restaurant in the C Concourse at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport or at the brewery and restaurant in Fox, Alaska.

Flights will be operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air and will feature complimentary soft drinks, Starbucks coffee, Northwest wine and microbrews, as well as, a la carte planeside baggage service.

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