Cruise lines serving up craft beer

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Norwegian Escape District

The District Brew House on board the Norwegian Escape. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Park West Gallery’s cruise art auctions at sea serve champagne, but those looking to quench their thirst after an auction can soon enjoy craft beer at onboard microbreweries and bars.

Craft beer and brewpubs are continuing to gain popularity around the nation. To answer this growing demand, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Carnival are all gearing up to offer artisan brews on their ships.

The Celebrity Constellation partnered with Funky Buddha Brewery of Florida for a four-day “Craft Brew Cruise” March 12-16 to the Bahamas and Florida. The inaugural cruise promised the opportunity to taste the brewery’s selection of beer during events, parties and a beer pairing dinner.

In an article from the Sun Sentinel, Funky Buddha Brewery Brand Director John Linn explains why people are seeking out specialty beer:

“People want it the same way they want good quality food when they’re traveling…People want beers that are interesting and exciting.”

Royal Caribbean’s innovative Quantum of the Seas has already hopped on the trend with Michael’s Genuine Pub. The gastropub restaurant offers Michael’s Genuine Home Brew – an American ale – and a bevy of beverages from U.S. brewers, including two from Michigan.

“With the new Michael’s Genuine Pub and other dynamic dining options on board the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase how good food and good drink can help enhance Royal Caribbean Quantum-class vacation,” said Chef Michael Schwartz.

Royal Caribbean International Michael's Genuine Pub.

A freshly-poured drink and appetizer at Michael’s Genuine Pub, located aboard the Quantum of the Seas. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

When the Norwegian Escape officially sets sail in fall 2015, it will offer guests craft beer at its District Brew House. Miami-based brewers Wynwood Brewing Co. will feature an exclusive beer that will be served alongside more than 50 bottled beers and 24 drafts. The company is perhaps best known for its summertime ale, La Rubia Blonde.

For years, Carnival Cruise Lines has offered its own unique amber ale, Thirsty Frog Red. Now, though, with the debut of the Carnival Vista in spring 2016, it will feature the first-ever floating brewery, the RedFrog Pub.

According to USA Today, the pub will feature North America’s first-ever working brewery on a cruise ship and serve three beers made on board. Guests can watch the beer being made through glass panels. Eddie Allen, vice president of Beverage Operations, said the pub will even allow guests to pour their own drinks with tabletop taps.

“Our guests love beer, and they love trying new things,” Allen says.

RedFrog Pub.

Guests can pour their own drinks at Carinval Vista’s RedFrog Pub. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

If guests are in the mood to expand their horizons, Park West Gallery’s onboard art auctions offer fun, entertaining and educational experiences in the world of fine arts.

More of a wine connoisseur? Then check out our article about the perfect art and wine pairings with Park West Gallery art.

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