Carnival Reveals They're Now Canning Their Own Craft Beers

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Brewmaster Colin Presby and VP of beverage operations Edward Allen - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with Lakeland, Florida-based Brew Hub to become the first cruise line to can and keg their own private label beers.

The agreement was announced on Sunday during an event aboard Carnival Magic at PortMiami, and is the first of its kind between a craft beer manufacturer and a major cruise line. 

“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 by Carnival’s brewery team on Carnival Vista and Horizon, are now available in 16 oz cans and on tap across the line’s 26 ships and private destinations.

  • 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 color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable

‚ÄčCarnival introduced the first North American brewery at sea in 2016, when Carnival Vista debuted. Since then, the line has served nearly 300,000 pints of its private label beer to guests. The brewery team has also created unique brews based on the seasons, like a Pumpkin Spice Ale and Miami Guava Wheat. 

When the third Vista-class ship, Carnival Panorama, debuts in California in December, it will also include an onboard brewery.

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