Live From Carnival Magic: End in Sight for Brew-haha?

May 4, 2011 | By | 11 Comments

Sounds like Carnival Magic may soon be awash in its beloved exclusive brew, Thirsty Frog Red Ale. A supply of the suds is expected to be loaded on in Messina, Sicily, early Thursday, followed by another delivery in Civitavecchia (near Rome). Right now, patrons at the RedFrog Pub are somehow soldiering on, filling the popular 100-ounce beer tubes (pictured above) with a Croatian creation coming out of kegs hauled aboard in Dubrovnik. But wait: A dinner mate tells me that there may another shortage onboard — he tried to buy Tums last night but was denied, a situation that he found, well, hard to stomach.

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    11 Responses to “Live From Carnival Magic: End in Sight for Brew-haha?”

    1. Dan
      May 4th, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

      So, how did Croatian brew compare to the Thirsty Frog Red Ale?

    2. Pepijn
      May 4th, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

      They should do this more often; buy beer from the many good local breweries to be found around the world, wherever the ship happens to be. I enjoy trying local brews and like many of them.

    3. dutchman
      May 4th, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

      Now thats my kind of Cruise line. Frog Red Ale must be some good stuff.

    4. robert
      May 4th, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

      Cant wait till it arrives at its new home here in galveston,tx 2 get the full efect

    5. Cruise Critic
      May 4th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

      @Dan: the Croatian beer was a decent enough pilsner that went down easily. The Frog reminded us of Killian’s Red with a kick — definitely the better of the two, and evidently it goes down even easier.


    6. keith black
      May 5th, 2011 @ 7:52 am

      Am booked on the 12 night european cruise in July. Looks an interesting way to sup beer with your own supply on tap. Whats the cost for this treat?????

    7. BoomerHouston
      May 9th, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

      John, Can you provide any pricing in US dollars what these 100 oz tubes run? I understand that Carnival reserves the right to modify the price,etc. Are these glass tubes cooled (refrigerated). Thanks in advance!


    8. Paul
      May 10th, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

      Just got back from the Magic and 9 nights in the Redfrog Pub. There were a lot of good pics of patrons up on the screen. Our group was wishing that they were available to buy in the photo area, not all pics of course.;-)

    9. Steven
      May 11th, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

      So, Carnival’s micro brewery really isn’t brewed onboard? So what’s the fuss? More signs of improper customer service. How do you run out of food or beverage on a cruise? Poor planning!

    10. Cruise Critic
      May 15th, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

      @Boomer: The cost for the 100-ounce beer tube is $25, which is actually a decent deal. The tubes are not refrigerated, encouraging quick consumption to keep things cold!
      @Steven: No, it’s not brewed onboard, and from the look of things, at least from the keg I saw, it’s brewed by Anheuser Busch, not some secret little brewery in the forest, alas.

      – John

    11. momochii
      May 22nd, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

      Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

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