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Cathay’s hand-crafted beer takes off

February 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific has taken inflight beverages to a new high with the launch of its own beer, the world’s first hand-crafted bottled beer specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Betsy Beer is named after Cathay Pacific’s first aircraft “Betsy”, a Douglas DC-3 which flew passengers around the region in the 1940s and 1950s. Produced in partnership with Hong Kong Beer Co, Betsy is created with a combination of local and UK-sourced ingredients. The inclusion of “Dragon Eye” fruit is a special characteristic. This flavour is enhanced further by the inclusion of a small component of New Territories’-sourced honey, giving the beer agreeable floral notes, while the use of Fuggle, a revered hop and a mainstay of traditional British craft ales, lends it a pleasingly earthy and full-bodied flavour. The beer will be first served to First and Business Class passengers onboard flights between Hong Kong and destinations in the United Kingdom – Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester – from 1 March until 30 April 2017.

Edited by Ian McIntosh

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