Florida is known for its Sun, Sand and Cruise Ships. What you may not know is Florida is fast becoming a powerhouse in the growing Craft Beer and Microbreweries world. In 2013 alone Florida’s 66 small breweries produced an amazing 130,000 barrels or 4.03 million gallons of craft-brewed beer for an economic impact of $875.8 million, ranking the state 12th in the nation.
Recently Carnival Cruise Line and Tampa, Florida based Cigar City Brewing have teamed up to bring their popular brews on-board 13 Florida based Carnival ships. Guests who sail aboard one of these ships will be able to partake in these two Cigar City beers:
Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale – Named for the colonial-era “Cracker” cowboys of Florida. It is brewed with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander, which ends with a spicy, dry finish. The beer pours cloudy straw in color and has moderate notes of orange peel, coriander and hints of vanilla.
Invasion Pale Ale – Gold in color, this is Cigar City’s version of a “session” beer (a beer with a relatively low alcohol content), in a hoppy ale that celebrates Tampa’s alleged history of being a pirate hideout. The tropical aroma offers suggestions of peach, mango, lime and papaya. Invasion has a light caramel malt character laced with a slight “breadiness” and the finish offers a bounty of tropical and citrus hop flavor and bitterness.
This is exciting for Carnival Cruisers who plan to sail from a Florida port. They now have a chance to enjoy a unique Florida made Craft Beer. Cruising is all about new and exciting experiences, be it a zip-line ride or a special dinner. Having a unique Craft Beer available may help make your next Carnival Cruise extra special.
Listen to the Weekend Travel Show to learn more about this partnership: