Given the rapid advancement of tech and our ever-growing demand for comfort and luxury, there’s a chance that, one day, flights will basically be killer lounges at 36,000 feet. You won’t have to buckle anything, you’ll be allowed to stroll around the cabin, and you’ll play pool, darts, and eventually a stupid jukebox that has an absurd amount of Bon Jovi and Journey. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s talk about the big first step that’s on its way to the sky: draft beer.
Hell yes, that is happening. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is on the verge of changing the game up like crazy by serving draft beer. The first sweet commercial pour comes after years of experimenting with high-altitude keg designs, their prototype is coming soon to flights around Europe.
It won’t be some cheap, weird knock-off either. In said beautiful, glorious keg, it’ll be Heineken, whose team is as stoked as you are, according to their Supply Development Manager for Global Innovation, Edwin Griffioen, who actually designed the thing against all bonkers odds.
GRIFFIOEN: “Because the air pressure is so much lower in an airplane than at sea level, a traditional beer tap will not work as it will only dispense a huge amount of foam. We do have dispensers that work on air pressure, but these were too big to fit in a plane.”
But with perseverance, they put the 21st Century on track to fly with steez.
GRIFFIOEN: “It was one big jigsaw puzzle, as the keg of beer, the cooling system, and the air pressure compressor all had to fit in an airline catering trolley. In the end, we had to leave out one of those pieces to make it all fit, so with pain in our hearts we had to leave the cooling behind.”
Fear not, as each flight would have four kegs of cold beer delivered to Amsterdam Airport. Ideally, within 100 years, there are in-plane garden patios with waterslides and poolside service and then we all parachute to our destination with a dozen backup parachutes each.
I love the future. We sound so dope in it.