Air travel has changed since the old days. It certainly isn't like it was in the Mad Men days of heavy smoking, drinking and stewardess grabbing. Flying nowadays means a day of insane parking fees, security lines that look like Woodstock and no peanuts. I can live with the fees and lines, but no nuts? Come on!

It's nice to see so many airlines now giving us regular schmoes a choice when it comes to beer on the plane. Craft beers have really come to rule the day when it comes to quenching the adult thirst. Many airlines are figuring out that after spending a few hours in line to get to your gate, we just want a little something to take the edge off. Many carriers are now offering up craft beer choices. To this, I say, "Cheers" to the flight attendants.

  1. When Chicago-based United announced plans to make their in-flight meals suck less, they neglected to mention that they also teamed up with hometown favorite Goose Island Beer Company, and have been pouring the 312 Urban Wheat Ale since July.
  2. Originally serving SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale on only 34 flights between Atlanta and New York's LaGuardia airport, Delta expanded its service in July and added nine more routes, including most Florida-bound flights.
  3. Denver-based Frontier left the choice of their sky-high suds to the passengers (the only stipulation being that the beer had to be from Colorado) and opened the vote to their Facebook fans, who kindly did us all a solid and chose Dale’s Pale Ale.

Don't see your favorite beer or airline? Check out this list at thrillist.comJoin us on Saturday, March 28 at the NIU Convocation Center for Barb City On Tap. Over 100 beers to sample, live music, food and more. All of this without getting felt up by a creepy TSA worker. Get your tickets now!