Three of my favorite things in one place: small aircraft, good beer, and the hometown vibe.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, whose impressive business and brewing ascent I have chronicled over the years, and which is located right next to the Redlands Municipal Airport, unveiled its Double IPA this past weekend. I'll be there to check it out tomorrow. If you've already been to the Inland Empire and have given it a try, let me know. I will report on my findings
As a sign of the general betterment of America, you're starting to see more and more brewpubs located next to small airports. Here's another nice instance from the West Coast and one in the Midwest. To preempt a predictable round of tut-tutting messages, I will note that in all such places, the operating motto is, "First fly (and land), then have a beer." *
* When I'm feeling earnest some day, I'll describe how very much more careful the piloting community is, in my observation, about the "eight hours from bottle to throttle" rule than is the driving public about the driving-and-drinking mix. Eg, alcohol is thought to be a factor in three to five percent of small-plane incidents, versus 40 to 50 percent of car crashes. Fortunately, there is no comparable time-out period for a "throttle to bottle" transition once you're on the ground and out of the plane.
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James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.