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

In Liberia UN envoy asks presidential candidates to keep campaign peaceful

In a meeting with the presidential candidates, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Alan Doss asked them to assist the UN in ensuring that the campaign remained peaceful and to make sure that their supporters fully respect the National Elections Commission (NEC) Candidates’ Code of Conduct, which has been signed by all political parties.Any challenge to the results had to be dealt with according to the law. The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was monitoring the political situation closely and had put in place the necessary contingency plans to contain any security incidents, he said.The SRSG noted the colossal tasks ahead for the winners of the presidential and legislative races and stressed the importance of a continued dialogue between the UN and the elected government of Liberia on such critical issues as security, governance and economic reform, the justice system and the protection of human rights.On another front, UNMIL has helped the Liberian Government’s Forestry Development Authority to evacuate about 500 illegal settlers who were illicitly hunting “bush meat” and mining gold in West Africa’s richest environmental preserve and the country’s only declared national park, Sapo, in the south-east.The illegal hunters and miners were guided to reception areas at park entry points in communities around the Park, provided with food and basic medical treatment, and transported to Zwedru, Greenville, or Monrovia. Troops from UNMIL’s Ethiopian military contingent helped with the transportation of 184 of the illegal settlers and then were deployed in the communities on the perimeters of Sapo National Park to prevent poachers from re-entering.Despite major rains in Liberia, by 26 August the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had helped 38,375 refugees to go back home, while the number of internally displaced people re-settled had reached 207,580. UNHCR also has issued 650 micro-finance loans so far out of the 800 targeted. The loans have ranged from $75 to $500, it said. read more