The Joint Venture

There are 230 beers on tap! 

Caitlin Petreycik
July 30, 2018

Virgin Atlantic and Delta have teamed up to highlight their London-to-America routes in a pretty genius way—with a pop-up pub featuring 230 microbrews from across the United States (that's one for each of the airlines' U.S. destinations). Narrowing down the entire country's craft beer scene to under 250 brews is no small task, and it looks like Virgin and Delta really did their homework. Among the hyper-local headliners, you'll find Cigar City Brewing's Jai Alai IPA (Tampa), Ruben's Pilsner (Seattle), Crosstown Brewing Company's Siren Blonde (Memphis), and Sweet Water Brewery's 420 Extra Pale Ale (Atlanta). 

Open from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 19 inside the Old Crown Public House on London's Oxford Street, "The Joint Venture" bar promises cheap pints (prices start at four pounds, or about five dollars) and late nights (last call is 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays), as well as flight upgrades and free airline tickets. Those travel perks come at a price, though—you may have to participate in some pub trivia games. (But don't stress! It should be pretty easy to nail these sample questions, from Virgin's website: "Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a ______." And, "Oh say can you see! By the ______.") 

The Joint Venture is also packing its 10-day residency with theme nights. On "New York Night" (Sunday, August 12), for example, Virgin and Delta will be playing hip-hop and passing out pastrami, while "Seattle Night" (Tuesday, August 14) promises grunge rock and, we're assuming, plenty of that aforementioned Ruben's Pilsner. The airlines are a bit vaguer when it comes to "Miami Night," but they do promise it'll be "hot." 

Can't get to London next month? Skip the pop-up pub and make it your summer goal to try every brew on Food & Wine's list of "The 25 Most Important American Craft Beers Ever Brewed."