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KLM Just Introduced Beer Taps To Its Service; World No Longer The Same

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | July 08, 2016

KLM Just Introduced Beer Taps To Its Service; World No Longer The Same

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We are a simple species. We like our in-flight snacks delivered in tiny little packets and our beer pulled from a nifty lever.

The latter should sound promising, because it means that you are getting fresh nectar of the gods pulled generously from the tap.

Fox News reports we now live in a new age. Just a few short days ago we were trudging through life devoid of draught service aboard airplanes.

Now KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is stepping up to make sure that the beer you have on your flight isn’t only delicious, it’s given in the freshest manner possible.

As mentioned, KLM becomes a pioneer in this regard and the first beer to come spewing from the tap is none other than Heineken, which means we can’t have everything we want in life.

KLM in-flight services Vice President Miriam Kartman explained the impetus behind the draught service: “We are always looking for typical Dutch products to set us apart from other companies. Heineken is our beer partner for many years, and we both know that customers rate a beer from draught higher than out of a can.”

Really, the reasoning could boil down to it’s 2016 and we all really should have enjoyed this kind of service by now.

As noted, KLM is still waiting on the go-ahead from civil aviation officials, so it may be just a wee bit longer until you bypass that sad can for a cool pull from the tap.

We stand in wonder that this is the first time something like this has been offered. But Fox News notes that a simple draught installation is problematic when you’re dealing with the necessary nuance of in-flight mandates. For example, CO2 cartridges are banned on airplanes, so Heineken had to think around the problem.

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More specifically, the head-scratcher conundrum went to Edwin Griffioen who explained how his team managed to MacGyver their way to innovative ends, via Fox News: “Because the air pressure is so much lower in an aeroplane 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. 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.”

The kegs will be in a cooler of sorts to keep things crisp and cool. But really, the proper temperature of a beer is slightly below that freezing we are used to in America.

Now we can all properly drink in a civilized manner on the ground and in the air.


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