Heineken on-board? Yes, please!

  • September 11, 2016

A nice, cold, fresh beer, drawn straight from the tap – for some there’s no better way to quench one’s thirst. Usually, one would sit down at a sidewalk café or nip inside to get the golden nectar, but if the desire for draught catches you unawares, aboard a plane, you’re out of luck. But that’s set to change, because KLM has served its first draught beer in World Business Class!


Together with Heineken, we developed something completely new. The Brew Lock keg is different in that it makes use of air pressure, rather than CO2. The Brew Lock technology uses air pressure to bring the keg pressure to the desired level, compensating for the negative pressure on board and generating sufficient tap pressure for serving. That may sound like a lot of pressure, but the beer is superb!

heineken beer on board klm business class

By cooling the keg before the flight and placing it inside a well-insulated container, we can guarantee perfectly chilled beer throughout the flight. The components for our first draught trolley were made using a 3D printer, which is very costly and time-consuming. That means the draught trolley will only be available in World Business Class on special KLM flights.

heineken klm beer on board

For those wondering about the taste, our airborne draught contains the exact same ingredients as those used to make the Heineken you enjoy in bars all over the world. So the unique blend and taste are exactly the same.

To find out whether you can have a cold Heineken on your next flight, visit KLM or speak to your corporate travel agent.



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