Meet the beer named Betsy

I love a beer. So, when I’m on a plane and the drinks cart comes around, I usually ask for a cold one. For some reason, though, beer just doesn’t taste the same in the air as it does on land.

Cathay Pacific has come to the rescue, brewing the world’s first beer specifically meant for drinking at high altitudes.

Betsy Beer, named after Cathay Pacific’s first aeroplane – a Douglas DC-3 called Betsy – has been brewed with “ingredients, aroma and necessary carbonation to taste great both in the air and on the ground”.

As many of you may know, when flying, the taste of food decreases by around 30 per cent. So airlines combat this by adding extra flavour, either with salt, spices, seasoning or sauces.

Cathay has taken this mentality and applied it to beer, using English ‘Fuggle’ hops, as well as honey and dragon eye fruit from Hong Kong.

betsy beer

Betsy Beer is brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Co, which employed chairman of the Hong Kong Craft Beer Association, Thomas Lau, and Asia’s Best Female Chef at the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, May Chow, as taste experts who helped to develop the flavour.

Cathay’s Betsy Beer is available from 1 March 2017 on its First and Business Class flights between Hong Kong and the UK. It will also be available in Cathay’s airport lounges in Hong Kong and Heathrow, as well as select restaurants around Hong Kong.

Learn more about Betsy Beer

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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