Carnival Becomes 1stCruise Line To Can & Keg Its Own Craft Beers
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Capitalizing on the success of its shipboard breweries, Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with Lakeland, Fla.-based Brew Hub to become the first cruise line to can and keg its own private label beers crafted by its in-house brewery team.
“With the success of our breweries on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, the obvious next step was to let all of our guests fleetwide enjoy our refreshing craft beers and that’s where our partnership with Brew Hub began,” said Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations.
“To be the first cruise line to ever scale up its beverage operations by canning and kegging their own beer is unprecedented. My hope is that our guests will take a four-pack home with them to share with family and friends as a refreshing and memorable reminder of their cruise.”
The three beers, which are based on recipes developed in-house by Carnival’s brewery team, are now available in 16-ounce cans and on tap across its 26 ships and at all private destinations. They are:
ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat - an unfiltered wheat beer with flavours of orange and spices.
ParchedPig West Coast IPA – a hoppy, intense beer loaded with bitterness with a bright flavour profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine.
ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – a well-balanced, smooth and highly drinkable beer highlighted by its rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel.
"Carnival’s team of brewers have created three amazing craft beers, and we could not be more excited to be working together,” said Tim Schoen, CEO and Founder of Brew Hub. “Now passengers on all 26 Carnival ships will be able to enjoy these fresh, high-quality craft beers on every voyage and take some home after their trip.”
Since introducing the first North American brewery at sea in 2016, Carnival has served nearly 300,000 pints of its private label craft beers to its guests. A brewery will also be featured aboard Carnival Panoramawhen it debuts in California in December 2019.
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