Meet North America’s first craft-brewery cruise ship

Red Frog Pub & Brewery's brewing tanks on board the Carnival Vista // Photo by Chris Owen for USA Today

Red Frog Pub & Brewery’s brewing tanks on board the Carnival Vista // Photo by Chris Owen for USA Today

This month, Carnival Cruise Line launched its newest and largest ship, the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista. That wouldn’t necessarily be news, except that has its own brewery on board, the Red Frog Pub & Brewery, the first North American ship to have a brewery.

Brewmaster Colin Presby makes three styles of beer, and though they are based on recipes from Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery, all three are available exclusively on the ship: ThirtsyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, and FriskyFrog Java Stout.

According to USA Today, Presby has a decent craft beer pedigree, previously working with brewing legend Carol Stoudt of Stoudts Brewing and running a brewpub in Reading, Pennsylvania.

“What we’re trying to do is make high quality, full-flavored beer,” Presby told USA Today. “I want this to compare very favorably to any craft brewery wherever a guest comes from.”

[h/t Food and Wine]


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