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Crown Cruise Vacations | May 12, 2021

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Pop a top on Carnival’s New Canned Craft Beer

Pop a top on Carnival’s New Canned Craft Beer
Jackie Sheckler Finch

With the success of its shipboard breweries, Carnival Cruise Line now offers another first. Carnival has become the first cruise line to can and keg its own private label craft beers.

Cruisers can now pop the top on 16-ounce cans of ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, West Coast IPA and ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat. The beer will be available to thirsty guests on all 26 Carnival ships.

“To be the first cruise line to ever scale up its beverage operations by canning and kegging their own beer is unprecedented,” said Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations.

“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,” Allen said.

Based on recipes developed in-house by Carnival’s brewery team and with a partnership with Lakeland, Florida-based Brew Hub, the three beers are now available in cans and on tap aboard Carnival ships and at all private destinations.

“We could not be more excited to be working together,” said Tim Schoen, CEO and founder of Brew Hub.

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. Much like land-based breweries, Carnival’s brewery team has also spotlighted seasonal products and created unique brews like  Miami Guava Wheat and Pumpkin Spice Ale.

When Carnival Panorama debuts in California this September, the ship will feature an onboard brewery.

Descriptions of the three beers:

* ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat – An unfiltered wheat beer with flavors of orange and spices.

* ParchedPig West Coast IPA – The embodiment of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale, this hoppy intense beer is loaded with bitterness with a bright flavor profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine.

* ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – Highlighted by its rich amber colors and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable.

Photos courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Story courtesy of Jackie Sheckler Finch