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February 23, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific has launched its own beer, proclaiming it as the world’s first handcrafted 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, the beer is created with a combination of Hong Kong and UK-sourced ingredients, aroma and necessary carbonation to taste great both in the air and on the ground.

Betsy beer

The inclusion of “Dragon Eye” fruit is a unique characteristic of the beverage. Known for its aromatic properties, the fruit adds to the round, rich, textural properties that make the beer distinctive. This flavour is enhanced further by the inclusion of a small component of New Territories’-sourced honey in the brewing process, 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.

Betsy Beer will be first served to First and Business Class passengers on flights between Hong Kong and destinations in Britain – Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester – from 1 March until 30 April 2017.

Some of the tasting panel members

Betsy Beer also will be available at the airline’s lounges in Hong Kong and Heathrow as well as a select number of Swire-owned restaurants in Hong Kong, including Mr & Mrs Fox, Café Gray Deluxe, Plat du Jour, Public, Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) and The Continental for a limited time. It will be available for online purchase within Hong Kong through Deli Delight –, the exclusive retailer for Betsy Beer during March and April.

Edited by Peter Needham

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