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Carnival Cruises will be the first to can and keg its own beer

The red whale tail of a Carnival Cruise is a very familiar site in Tampa. And now, you may see that red tail and strangely start to think about beer.

Yes, according to reporting from the Orlando Sentinel and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Carnival has partnered with Brew Hub to be the first to can and keg its own private label beers.



Starboard Suds 

Three beers are in production by Carnival brewmasters: ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA and ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, all of which will be made at Brew Hub’s 100,000 barrel Lakeland brewery – and they all will be available on tap and by 16-ounce can aboard all 26 ships.

However, Carnival’s in-house brewers will be on-board the Carnival Horizon and the Carnival Vista wiping foam from your top lip and making sure everything is tasting great.

This news seems like an obvious next step for Carnival as they were the first North American cruise line to open a brewery at sea in 2016. The success of these previous ventures was the driver for Carnival to partner up with Brew Hub.

First cruise line to scale up beverages

Brew Hub is a perfect partner for Carnival to mass produce these cruising beers. The company’s leadership team is full of former Anheuser-Busch folks who know what they are doing.

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

Beer, beer everywhere

Now that Carnival is proudly serving its own private label beers, one would ask: who is not making their own craft beers? If you have tried one of Carnival’s beers, let us know in the comments below and tell us your thoughts.

To book a Carnival Cruise, visit or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival can also be found on: FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

*Cover image via Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook page attributed to their onboard brewmaster Colin Presby.


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