Carnival adds new brew fleetwide and at onboard breweries

Sampling some beer brewed onboard at Carnival Vista’s Red Frog Pub & Brewery

Continuing to live up to its reputation as the “Fun Ships,” Carnival Cruise Line is serving up a number of its own private-label beers crafted by its in-house brewery team.

Carnival was the first cruise line to can and keg its own private label beers crafted in-house in 2019, after introducing the onboard brewery concept on Carnival Vista in the Red Frog Pub & Brewery in 2016.

Carnival Cruise Line now features onboard breweries on three other ships in addition to Vista, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Panorama and the new Carnival Mardi Gras, reports Zachery Sulkes, Director of Beverage Operations at Carnival Cruise Line.

A fifth onboard brew pub will also be opened on the new Carnival Celebration launching in November.

The latest addition to the inhouse Carnival brews is ParchedPig Beach Lager, described as a refreshing, crisp and golden beer that is available fleetwide in cans in bar and dining venues as well as on tap in select locations. The new flavor debuted this past week to celebrate International Beer Day on August 5.

Carnival has partnered with Lakeland, Fla.-based Brew Hub to produce the beers.

“Beach Lager is a perfect complement to our Carnival Brews lineup. Lagers are very popular with our guests, so creating this delicious addition and bringing it fleetwide was a logical next step for us,” said Edward Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations. “We’re pleased to build on our successful partnership with Brew Hub and proud to strengthen our industry-leading effort as the first cruise line to can and keg its own beers crafted by our in-house brewery team.”

The Beach Lager joins several other Carnival Brews fan-favorites already available on the Carnival ships: ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ThirstyFrog Red, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, and ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale. Carnival has also created the Carnival Birthday Beer – a refreshing golden ale with medium hops, specially made by the Carnival Brews Team, for its 50th Birthday celebration.