When they did sushi, they brought along Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to do it right. Want to talk football? They bring NFL legends to sea. When they did short cruises, they sailed from Bangkok, New York City and Alaska. It's no surprise then that when Crystal Cruises set their sights on Beer that they would do that unusually well too.
Launching with up to a dozen of the finest craft brews, Crystal's Connoisseur Beer Menu will change as Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity traverse to different regions of the globe. Visiting renowned beer production countries like Belgium, Austria, Germany, Holland, and the U.K, each beer will be presented in a special glass that enhances the beverage’s unique flavors, as is done with wines and spirits.
Crystal's Connoisseur Beer Menu will launch with up to a dozen of the finest craft brews from renowned beer production countries like Belgium, Austria, Germany, Holland, and the U.K.
Initial and planned beeroisseur offerings include:
- Samuel Adams Utopias (USA): With only a few thousand bottles produced annually, each crafted to mimic copper brew kettles, this is the ultimate cult beer – and one of the strongest in history. Mixing caramel and Vienna malts with several types of yeast, including a variety found in champagne, the final result is like a sophisticated, sipping port – with a price tag of $300+ per bottle. (that would be $1800 for a six-pack)
- Thornbridge Bracia (England): Made with seven malts, five hops, and chestnut honey from the Alpine foothills of Northeast Italy, this dark ale pours jet black and tastes of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, and hazelnuts all in one.
- Ola Dubh 12 (Scotland): Gaelic for “black oil,” this rather exotic brew is aged in oak casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky. As a stylistic nod to classic Imperial Ports and Stouts of the nineteenth century, the aroma hints of smoky Worcestershire sauce, leather, and grilled steak.
- Samichlaus (Austria): One of the rarest and strongest beers in the world (14% alcohol), Samichlaus (Swiss-German for “Santa Claus”) lager is brewed only once a year, right before Christmas. It spends 10 months aging before bottling and can be aged for several years, resulting in a sweet chocolatey, port-like flavor ideal for dessert pairing.
- Rochefort Trappistes 10 (Belgium): Considered the gold standard of taste among connoisseurs, Trappist beers are produced by only eight European monasteries. Rochefort’s Abbaye St-Remy has been using water from a monastery well to produce this strong brew since 1595.
Travelers who enjoy tastings and learning about the craft can look to beer pairing menus at intimate Vintage Room Dinners and a new microbrew-themed cruise sailing from New York to Miami for 14 days, starting November 5, 2014.
Since moving to an all-inclusive food and beverage program in 2012, the ultra-luxe line introduced Connoisseur menus, for true aficionados looking for extra-special tastes. Connoisseur Beer menu prices start from $8 per bottle.