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May 12, 2014 Cruise, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Carnival Cruise Lines has launched its own special beer, named Thirsty Frog Summer Ale and available exclusively on its Sydney-based ships.

The ale is excellent, and in some respects tastes more like a lager. Seasoned journalists gave it the seal of approval at the launch on Wednesday. Thirsty Frog Summer Ale was created in partnership with Sydney’s award-winning Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. The Lord Nelson brews its own beer on the premises and is an acknowledged master of fine brewing.

If you want to sample Thirsty Frog Summer Ale, it will be on tap at the Lord Nelson until next week. Jennifer Vandekreeke and Blair Hayden at launch of Thirsty Frog Summer Ale

After that, the 100% natural ale will be on tap across 14 bars on the cruise line’s Sydney-based Carnival Spirit from 1 June 2014, as well as aboard its latest Australian ship, Carnival Legend, when it debuts in Sydney in September. You will be able to obtain it nowhere else.

The ground-breaking beer, which is 4.9% alcohol in strength, is brewed to capture the spirit of a holiday at sea.

Carnival Cruise Lines Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the beer was sure to be a favourite among guests.

“Carnival Cruise Lines has put a lot of effort into ‘Aussifying’ our ships for the local market, so we are thrilled to create our own authentic craft ale which really acknowledges Australians’ appreciation of a quality beer,” she said.

“As the world’s largest cruise line, it’s been a great adventure to partner with the nation’s oldest pub brewery to create Australia’s first beer for cruising. This really is the ideal beer to relax with as you enjoy all the sun and fun of a South Pacific cruise.”

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel owner Blair Hayden, a New Zealander who has run the Lord Nelson for about 30 years, said the brewery had put a lot of work into crafting the ale, which appropriately combines Australian and American hops.

“Thirsty Frog Summer Ale is a very drinkable beer with subtle malt flavours and floral citrus aromas,” Hayden said. “It’s perfect on its own or with a meal, and the fact that it’s naturally brewed, with no added sugars and preservatives, really adds to its appeal.”

Months in the making, Thirsty Frog Summer Ale takes its name from the Red Frog pubs featured across Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet. The cruise line’s Vice President Beverage Operations Edward Allen visited Australia to work with the Lord Nelson team to develop the right taste for Australian guests.

Lord Nelson was selected for the partnership because of its experience and reputation for craft beers, with the brewery ranking as one of New South Wales’ biggest craft beer seller. The creation of Thirsty Frog Summer Ale will make Carnival Cruise Lines the brewery’s biggest outlet in Australia, outside its premises in The Rocks.

Written by : Peter Needham

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