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Snæbjört has replaced the 737 Max IPA as the airline’s alternative inflight beer (image: Icelandair)

Winter light inspires Icelandair on-board beer

Snæbjört is a new pale ale inspired by Iceland’s winter light, even though it comes from an Irish craft brewery.

A new beer inspired by Iceland’s winter light has debuted on Icelandair’s flights. The pale ale Snæbjört is named after the glow of the country’s snow, Breaking Travel News reports.

With a light gold colour it aims to help passengers celebrate the snowy season and the glimmers of light that conquer the Icelandic darkness, according to the airline.

The beer is brewed with the American hops Azacca, Mosaic and El Dorado and American Ale yeast, which is said to evoke a fruity and hoppy taste with a sweet aroma of pineapple, mango and passionfruit.

Brewed by Irish craft brewery Boyne Brewhouse, there is another twist – the beer contains an ABV of 5%, a homage to the average temperature in Iceland all year round.

Exciting twist
“We want to provide an exciting twist to our passengers’ on-board experience with us,” explains Kristján Jóhannesson, head of inflight catering at Icelandair.

“We are constantly looking at innovative ways to enhance our passengers’ experience, and by brewing limited edition seasonal pale ales like the Snæbjört passengers can understand the culture of Iceland from a sip of their drink.”

The new pale ale replaces its popular predecessor, the 737 Max IPA, as the airline’s alternative inflight beer.

Passengers can sample the new Icelandair special edition pale ale in the carrier’s Saga Lounge at Keflavik International Airport as well as on flights across the Icelandair network from both European and North American destinations.

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