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Concrete Beach to brew trio of craft beers aboard Carnival Vista

In addition to the Carnival fleet's first brewery, Carnival Vista's RedFrog Pub & Brewery offers an outdoor seating area
For its first shipboard brewery, Carnival Cruise Line tapped Concrete Beach to provide a trio of hand-crafted beers in the new Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery.

Concrete Beach is an Alchemy & Science brand, an independently operating subsidiary of The Boston Beer Co. Other Alchemy & Science breweries are Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and Coney Island Brewing Co. in Brooklyn.

Concrete Beach has with Carnival for months to create original recipes and source and select ingredients to brew ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat and FriskyFrog Java Stout on board.

ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA offers aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones while ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat is an unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices. FriskyFrog Java Stout is a take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee.

'Our guests are going to absolutely love them,' predicted Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vp beverage operations.

For his part, brewmaster Jon Carpenter of Concrete Beach said it's common for vacationers to try the local beer, 'and Carnival Vista has taken the concept of local, and applied it to the decks of their ship.'

The beers to be featured on Carnival Vista build upon a greatly expanded selection of craft beers across the entire Carnival fleet. US-based Fun Ships already serve Concrete Beach Brewery’s Rica Wheat IPA, Angel City Brewery’s Pilsner, Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer and 1609 Amber. On a regional basis, vessels sailing from Miami feature Concrete Beach Stiltsville Miami-style Pilsner, while Long Beach, California–based ships offer Angel City Brewery IPA and cruises departing from New York City are stocked with Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner.

Carnival also serves beers brewed locally in homeports or within the homeport state on ships sailing from New Orleans, Galveston, Baltimore and Tampa, as well as ships that sail to Alaska and Hawaii.