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Brewed at sea: cruise line will include a craft brewery on board

More travellers are seeking out local craft beer while they’re on the road – but what about when tourists head to sea? A cruise line is hoping to address that issue with the first brewery at sea in North America.

A craft brewery is coming to a cruise line.
A craft brewery is coming to a cruise line. Image by Dheerankur Upasak / CC BY-SA 2.0

Carnival Vista, a ship from Carnival Cruise Line, will feature the Red Frog Pub & Brewery, which will give visitors a choice of three distinct hand-crafted beers brewed on board.

The project is in collaboration with the Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery. The brewery is helping the cruise line produce original recipes that will be brewed and served on board, called ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, which will have floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, an unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices, and FriskyFrog Java Stout, a creamy stout with hints of coffee.

Concrete Beach beers.
Concrete Beach beers. Image by Carnival Cruise Line

If you get through sampling all the on-board beers on day one of your cruise don’t fret, the ship also stocks beer brewed locally in homeports or within the homeport state on ships that set out from New Orleans, Galveston, Baltimore , Tampa, Alaska and Hawaii.

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