Monday, May 22, 2017

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Craft Beer Week with New Cask

To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Carnival Cruise Line has created a tropical themed beer served exclusively on the Carnival Vista's RedFrog Pub & Brewery, the first aboard a North American-based cruise ship.

The beer, Miami Guava Wheat, is a tropical-flavored beer unveiled on Saturday, May 20 during a shipboard ceremony. I was in attendance for the event and was one of the first to try the beer after Brewmaster, Colin Presby and Vista Hotel Director, Pierre Camilleri, tapped the cask.

"Since Carnival Vista began sailing from Miami, I've become fascinated by tropical fruit and Cuban cuisine, so I'm beyond thrilled to create this new [beer] in honor of American Craft Beer Week for our guests to enjoy," Presby said.

In addition to the new Miami Guava Wheat, I had the opportunity to sample the three other original beers brewed onboard Carnival Vista -- Thirsty Frog Port Hoppin' IPA, an aromatic, floral, and hoppy IPA with juicy tropical and citrus overtones; Thirsty Frog Caribbean Wheat, and unfiltered wheat beer with notes of orange and spices; and FriskyFrog Java Stout, a rich and creamy coffee stout.

The inaugural cask is just one of many exciting craft beer developments Carnival is working on. According to Presby, guests have been very receptive of the freshly brewed ales onboard and Carnival is considering expanding the project to include more breweries on other ships. For now, Carnival Vista is the only ship with a brewery--a beer oasis at sea.

Here are a few additional photos from the celebratory event. To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit

Carnival Vista houses a 3.5 bbl, double vessel glass brewhouse

RedFrog Pub & Brewery Bar

My Father-in-Law and I posing with Brewmaster Colin Presby


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