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

Council failures saw child abuse survivor placed into care of paedophile foster

A child abuse victim was placed into the care of a paedophile foster father after failures by a local council, the High Court has heard.The woman, who was placed with the family aged seven in the early Nineties after being abused by male relations, won the right to compensation from Tower Hamlets council in east London.The judge making the ruling yesterday said the couple had not been trained by social services and had not been assessed as suitable foster parents. He also criticised police for failing to bring the woman’s abusers to justice sooner.The woman’s foster father was a sex offender who attacked her repeatedly, the court heard. She was eventually taken from the family, but it was not until years later that the man was charged and jailed for offences including rape.Judge Barry Cotter QC awarded the victim the right to damages, which are likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.He said the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had suffered appalling abuse at the hands of at least two members of her own family. She was removed from the family by Tower Hamlets council and placed in foster care with the man and his wife. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In her claim, the victim said she had complained to a social worker as a young child of “inappropriate” kissing by her foster father.However, no action was taken and the abuse graduated from inappropriate touching to indecent assault and rape. Police investigated her complaints in 2000, but took no action, in part due to a “misinterpretation” of medical evidence.“It is beyond doubt that the claimant was very badly let down by this criminal investigation and a number of separate individuals,” the judge said.After further evidence came to light years later, the adoptive father was finally convicted and jailed for more than 10 years. The victim began a claim for damages against him in 2016.At the High Court, the man once again denied all of the allegations, suggesting they had been made up out of bitterness or for financial gain. Judge Cotter said the father came “nowhere near” proving that the allegations were false. The damages will be assessed at a further hearing. read more