I recently spent a few hours at the Port of Miami onboard Carnival’s Vista cruise ship for the release of four new beers that will be served onboard the Carnival Horizon. The new beers will be available in Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse. The restaurant will combine the best of both worlds. A restaurant featuring BBQ developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri and a brewery whose beers are built around the smokey BBQ laden menu. The Brewhouse portion will be under the control of Master Brewer Colin Presby who has spent the last couple of years manning the RedFrog Pub & Brewery aboard the Vista. “Smokehouse|Brewhouse is a unique culinary concept and we’ve created four fantastic brewed-on-board craft beers that not only showcase different tastes and brewing styles but also serve as the ideal accompaniment to the venue’s delicious array of barbecue offerings,” said Presby. Colin is scheduled to meet the Carnival Horizon in Barcelona to oversee the final touches of the Brewhouse.
The ‘ParchedPig Smoked Porter’, ‘ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale’, ‘ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale’, and the ‘ParchedPig West Coast IPA’ are the four beers that will be featured. As part of the festivities, a firkin of the Farmhouse Ale was tapped by Carnival Vice President of Beverage Operations Edward Allen. Out of the four beers, the Farmhouse was my favorite. It had just enough barnyard funk to keep me coming back for more. The malts for the Smoked Porter are smoked on-board using the ships smoker. The smoke wasn’t overpowering and I think it will pair nicely with the smoked BBQ. The West Coast IPA is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops. Pine and citrus tickle your senses before abruptly finishing with a malty backbone. The refreshing Toasted Amber Ale gives off notes of lite caramel and biscuity malts. I’m sure all four offerings will be welcomed with open arms aboard the Horizon. While they are all tasty in their own right, I think the flavor profile was dialed back a touch to appeal to a wider audience. Craft beer drinkers will be able to appreciate each beer while folks new to craft will also be able to enjoy a freshly brewed craft beer with their BBQ dinner.
The Carnival Horizon will make its maiden voyage on April 2nd before heading to New York in May and finally to its home port of Miami in September where it will begin year-round Caribbean cruises. It will feature a pedal-powered Skyride, IMAX theater, and the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park at sea. Along with the Smokehouse, the Horizon will also feature the cruise lines first Teppanyaki restaurant, Cucina del Capitano family style Italian restaurant, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina eatery, the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, and the New England-inspired Seafood Shack.
I look forward to Carnival’s next beer release, whether it be aboard the Vista or the newly commissioned Carnival Horizon. Have you been on-board the Vista or Horizon and tried one of their craft beers? If so, what did you think?