Carnival Cruise Line Has Two Breweries at Sea — and Now They’re Canning Their Own Craft Beer

Carnival Cruise Line Beer
Photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line

Forget those classic photos of your family wearing cocktail dresses and tuxedos as a souvenir from your next cruise. Carnival Cruise Line wants you to take home a six pack: The cruise line is releasing its own private label of craft beers.

The first cruise line to offer a private label, Carnival is teaming up with Florida-based Brew Hub to can and keg the beer, which is actually produced on two ships, the Carnival Horizon and Carnival Vista. In 2016, Carnival became the first North American cruise line to open a brewery at sea, according to the company. Since then, they've served nearly 300,000 beers to people sailing on the high seas.

“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,” Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations, said in a statement.

“To be the first cruise line to ever scale up its beverage operations by canning and kegging their own beer is unprecedented,” he added. “My hope is that our guests will take a four-pack home with them to share with family and friends a refreshing and memorable reminder of their cruise.”

Like a regularly brewery — you know, one not on a ship — Carnival has taken advantage of seasonal ingredients to create specialty brews like Miami Guava Wheat and Pumpkin Spice Ale. For the new venture, Carnival plans to can three beers: ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, an orange and spices-flavored wheat beer; the “hoppy and intense” ParchedPig West Coast IPA; and ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, featuring hints of toasted caramel and biscuit.

“Carnival’s team of brewers have created three amazing craft beers, and we could not be more excited to be working together,” Tim Schoen, CEO and Founder of Brew Hub, said in a statement.

The beers will be available in 16-ounce cans and on tap on all 26 Carnival ships, plus at all of the company’s private destinations.

The Carnival Panorama, a ship set to debut in California this December, will feature Carnival’s next brewery at sea.

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