The north end of Kent, WA lies across I-5 from Sea-Tac, and Boeing has a fair-sized plant in the city. But Airways Brewing celebrates the theme of the commercial flying experience not because of its neighbors but because it was founded by Alex Dittmar, who is a total aviation enthusiast. While Flyers up in Oak Harbor dips a wing to military aviation's propeller-driven origins, Airways is all about the contemporary passenger's travels and travails in the wide bodied jets. Alex is a pilot but works for Alaska Airlines as a website designer. His brewing operation is in a business park.
There were about a dozen people there on a rainy Saturday afternoon and the atmosphere was jovial. Robbie and his wife Debbie were hosting and doing a fine job explaining the various brews. Interest was high in Layover in Brussels, a variation on the Sky Hag IPA with a Belgian yeast instead of the regular British yeast. You would have to taste it to believe what a difference the yeast makes. Evidently this batch had all the hops of the regular Sky Hag, enough to kick the IBU north of 99, but the yeast let the maltiness come through much better.
Debbie said an expansion of the brewing space here and a regular brewpub elsewhere in Kent are both in the works. One can only anticipate how much more airline fun will be unveiled then.