Those who fly often with Cathay Pacific will surely hear of the Betsy Beer; the airline’s signature locally brewed craft beer that is meant to be enjoyed 35,000 feet in the air. It was only available exclusively to first and business class passengers on flights between Hong Kong and the UK — until now. October marks the month that the Betsy Beer makes its triumphant return to the skies with a brand new look and taste.

“Betsy Beer was incredibly popular with customers when we originally launched it over two years ago, and we’re thrilled to offer this specially created Hong Kong-made beer once again”
Vivian Lo, Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design

The new Betsy beer; who’s name is taken from the airline’s first aircraft, is a citrus-forward Pale Ale, created in partnership with local Hong Kong brewery Gweilo Beer. Further enhancing the original “Betsy” DNA, the beer is brewed from a predominantly unroasted malted barley base. Some slightly roasted barley is also added into the mix, which gives the beer its toffee and biscuity notes.

Then comes its citrus notes, which is extracted from locally-sourced mandarin orange peel that is added into the boil. To further enhance its flavours and complete the entire profile, the beer is then fermented using Gweilo’s house ale yeast, after which is dry-hopped with a blend of citrus and orange-forward hops. The results? A perfectly balanced ale that can be enjoyed both in the air and on ground.

“Whether you’re a newcomer to craft beer or a passionate enthusiast, Betsy Beer has something for everyone. Its character is both distinctly Cathay Pacific and distinctly Hong Kong, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to the diverse options served as part of our inflight culinary experience”, Lo added.

This latest version of Cathay Pacific’s craft beer is now available on all long-haul flights, no longer limited to just first and business class passengers. Bottles are served in Business and First, while cans are available in Economy and Premium Economy. You can also hop into any of the airline’s Hong Kong lounges to enjoy Betsy prior to boarding.

Images: Cathay Pacific

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