Brew Cruise: Get Your Craft Beer On While Sailing the High Seas

first_imgThe concept of a brew cruise might seem a bit juvenile at first. Maybe it’s the rhyming of the couplet or the similarity to the old “cruisin’ for a bruisin’” expression. Regardless, the shorthand of the “brew cruise” phrase actually means something much different in the context of the modern luxury cruise.The Brewers Association estimates that craft breweries contribute more than $67 billion to the US economy every year. In other words, people really love their craft beer. Where there are passionate fans, there is money and where there is money, there seems to be a themed cruise, allowing people to spend more money on what they love (without having to worry about driving themselves from place to place).Below, check out some options for hitting the hop seas.Photo: Maple Leaf Adventures, Jeff Reynolds Maple Leaf Adventures, Jeff ReynoldsIn October 2018, Maple Leaf Adventures will host an exciting small-ship brew cruise along the coast of British Columbia, Canada, where you’ll sample more than 50 of British Columbia’s finest craft beers, speak with experts, and learn about beer and food pairings, all aboard a classic tugboat refitted into an expedition yacht. Check out the brochure here.If attending a niche-focused cruise doesn’t fit your travel schedule, Carnival Cruise Line’s the Carnival Vista is the permanent home to RedFrog Pub & Brewery, an on-board brewing facility featuring beer made right on the ship.  You can take a brewery tour with the brewmaster and then enjoy ship-exclusive brews like ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, and FriskyFrog Java Stout all before heading back up to SkyRide at SportSquare, a suspended bicycle track onboard the ship. (Yes, that actually exists.)Carnival’s Horizon ship also has an onboard brewery that provides libations for Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. The “Flavortown” television personality Guy Fieri gets his own brewpub that pours a house label named Parched Pig. Parched Pig’s  exclusive offerings include a smoked porter, farmhouse ale, IPA and toasted amber. Growler fills are available to take back to your cabin. Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions center_img The thought of spending days at sea isn’t for everyone, though. If you’d like to just take a few hours on the water to enjoy a craft beer festival, Canada has its own Craft Brew Cruise series servicing cities like Vancouver and Toronto.When it comes down to it, beer and boating are a perfect combination. Whether it’s on the lake in the summer or on the high seas on a luxury liner, drinking a delicious craft beer in the company of friends in the peaceful confines of a cruise ship is another way to enjoy your beer with the added benefit of never needing a designated driver—just make sure you aren’t prone to seasickness before making your deposit. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana last_img read more

Top Canadian authors coming to Niagara for Two Days of Canada conference

Award-winning authors from across Canada will be in downtown St. Catharines this week for the annual Two Days of Canada conference and the new Festival of Readers.Two Days of Canada is an annual conference hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Canadian Studies. The conference turns 30 this year, making it the longest-running Canadian Studies conference series in the country.This year’s theme is Concepts of Vancouver, which looks at Vancouver’s “unique confluence of art, politics, and cultural policy,” says Brock English professor Gregory Betts, who is a conference co-organizer. Brock PhD students Julia Polyck-O’Neill and Andrew McEwan, whose dissertations examine Vancouver’s arts and authors, are assisting in organizing the conference.More than 100 delegates from across Canada and around the world will listen to 40 presenters explore such topics as Indigenous rights in Vancouver and its region, that area’s unique openness to experimentation in the arts, and how Vancouver uses its class-consciousness to build inclusive urban communities.The conference and accompanying festival will feature authors who have won such prestigious awards as the Governor-General’s Award, the Griffin Prize and the Trillium Prize. Two poet laureates will also be in attendance.The keynote speaker for the event is George Bowering, the former Niagara resident who was Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and a two-time Governor-General’s Award winner. Since leaving Niagara, Bowering has lived mostly in Vancouver, where he has cultivated a world-class literary culture and become, as Betts says, “one of the giants of Canadian literature.”Authors Richard Cavell, Roy Miki, Lisa Robertson, Michael Turner and Rita Wong will also deliver plenary addresses.This year also sees the addition of the Festival of Readers to the conference, where award-winning authors will present their academic scholarship during conference sessions and share their literary work in the evenings.Festival of Readers events run from Thursday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 15 and include a public lecture by Bowering, a poetry reading and poetry slam, and a story illustration workshop by Rodman Hall.Gary Barwin, who is on the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist, will be speaking at St. Catharines Public Library as part of the festival.There will also be a special screening of “Hard Core logo” at The Film House, with an introduction by the author Michael Turner.A complete guide can be found at http://www.festivalofreaders.com/the-festival-of-readers.Festival of Readers events are free and open to the public.Two Days of Canada: The Concept of Vancouver is being held at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the nearby Niagara Artists Centre visit the conference website for more information. read more