The airline offers draft beer to their customers flying over to Munich

By Tim Nelson
Updated September 19, 2018
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Drinking is one of the most reliable ways to pass the time on an intercontinental flight. Not only can it help you pass out until you wake up at your destination, but it can even make the crappy in-flight movie seem entertaining. The only problem is that you usually end up having to pay a premium for what’s more than likely mediocre (and definitely bottled) beer.

It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re the kind of bierliebhaber who’s heading to Munich for Oktoberfest from select airports, Lufthansa wants to get you in the spirit by serving up fresh draft beer in mid-air. It’s part of the airline’s broader effort to celebrate the annual Bavarian festival, which include flight attendants donning traditional dirndl and lederhosen for specific flights, and a menu of traditional Oktoberfest fare for those übermensch and überfrau who can afford to pay their way into business class.

So how do you serve draft beer at cruising altitude? According to Lufthansa’s press release, they’ll be using an “airworthy” keg that regulates CO2 pressure through a valve. That should make it possible to tap the keg even at 10,000 meters (32,808 feet). Based on a cursory investigation of beer science, it sounds like this system will prevent Lufthansa from charging you a bunch of Euros for a cup full of foam.

While the magic of in-flight beer is one thing, the party doesn’t stop once the plane touches down. Those lucky enough to land in Munich at the airport’s Terminal 2 during the first weekend of Oktoberfest (September 22nd and 23rd) will be greeted with a free bag of goodies, including salty pretzels, beer stein-shaped gummies, and a vitamin drink to help you cope with the hangover you wisely acquired on your flight to a huge beer festival. For those who need some heartier stuff to settle their stomachs, Lufthansa’s Munich lounges will be stocked with thousands of pounds of white sausage, Leberkäse, and pretzels.

So if you’re lucky enough to be flying to or from Munich via Newark, Singapore, or Shanghai over the next few weeks, you technically have the rare opportunity to do a keg stand at 30,000 feet. I imagine that’s the sort of thing that’s frowned upon, but that shouldn’t stop you from letting the opportunity of a lifetime go to waste.