Soon You’ll Be Able to Drink White Claw on United Flights

The airline will be the first to serve the super popular hard seltzer while flying.

May 13, 2021

Photo by: Wayne Slezak

Wayne Slezak

For those comfortable enough to fly again, United Airlines has just announced that, starting in June, it will offer White Claw along with beer, wine and a new snack menu for (contactless) purchase on most flights more than two hours long.

The move gives United bragging rights as the first major airline to serve the super popular hard seltzer onboard its flights.

In addition to White Claw Mango, which will be available starting June 1, the airline’s new adult beverage menu includes options locally sourced from United hubs, along with old favorites. These include Breckenridge Brewery Juice Drop Hazy IPA; Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale; Michelob ULTRA; Stella Artois; and red, white and sparkling wines.

And you won't have to drink on an empty stomach. Starting June 15, United will also offer a revamped snack menu as well as new premium cabin meal choices on most flights longer than 1,500 miles and hub-to-hub flights longer than 800 miles or two hours.

Flyers can choose from three new snack boxes, each with its own distinct vibe. The Tapas Box includes hummus, bruschetta, breadstick crackers, flatbread crackers, sea salt almonds, olives and dark chocolate sea salt caramel. The Takeoff Box contains salami, apricots, gouda cheese spread, white cheddar cheese spread, multigrain crackers, cream crackers, smoked almonds and Toblerone. And for kids and kid-like snackers, the Recline Box pretty much has it all: Pirate’s Booty white cheddar puffs, honey mustard pretzels, gummy bears and OREO cookies.

The airline is also beefing up its a la carte snack options with high-protein and gluten-free snacks. So now travelers can munch on Tru Fru Banana Bites (dark-chocolate-covered, hyper-dried bananas), a Food Should Taste Good Chips & Salsa Box (gluten-free, sweet potato ‘tortilla’ chips with roasted pepper salsa) and/or GourmetNut Mega Omega Trail Mix (a snack mix containing walnuts, dried mango, almonds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds), in addition to Pringles Classic potato chips.

On longer domestic flights — those over 1,500 miles and 800-mile-plus hub-to-hub flights — United travelers seated in premium cabins can enjoy “enhanced meal service,” including a choice of entrees such as egg scramble with plant-based chorizo and grilled chicken breast with orzo and lemon basil pesto, as well as sides and dessert.

And — hold onto your tray tables, dessert lovers — United has also partnered with Eli’s Cheesecake to create a United-specific chocolate pie called “Pie in the Sky.”

Those mindful of keeping person-to-person contact to a minimum will be interested to know that the meal will be served on a tray, with each item individually wrapped.

United’s new payment system is also contactless: You can store your payment information in a digital wallet on the United app or before takeoff, then order your drinks and snacks onboard your flight, and pay for them with the card on file, without having to hand your credit card over to the flight attendant.

So buckle up, travelers, you may be in for another White Claw summer.

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