Crystal Cruises to offer $300-a-bottle “Utopia” beer on new Connoisseur menu


Crystal Cruises will debut a number of limited, unique and perfectly aged stouts, blonds and artisan beers onboard their 2013 European Cruises.

The company will launch the new Coinnoisseur beer menu with a dozen of the finest craft brews from Belguim, Austria, Germany, Holland and the UK, including the American ultimate collector’s brew, Samual Adams “Utopias”.

The limited edition menu will change as the two Crystal ships sail around the world, but Utopias will be available before the end of 2013.

Each beer on the Connoisseur menu will be served in a special glass, designed to enhance the brew’s unique flavour.

What guests can expect:

 Adams Utopia (USA) – Only 1,000 bottles of this rare beer are brewed each year. Each bottle is crafted to look like a copper brew kettle (see, right). This is the ultimate cult beer, plus it’s one of the strongest in history! Caramel and Vienna malts are mixed with yeast (including a variety found in champagne) and the final result is like a delicious, sophisticated sipping port – worth the price tag of $300 per bottle.

Thornbridge Bracia (England) – This delicious offering is brewed from seven malts, five hops and chestnut honey from the Alpine Foothills of Northeast Italy. This jet black ale tastes like chocolate, coffee, liquorice and hazelnuts all at once!

Ola Dubh 12 (Scotland) – This is an exotic brew, aged in the oak casks formally used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Single Malt Whisky. This beer has a fantastic aroma: hints of smoky Worcestershire sauce, leather and grilled steak. The name “Ola Dubh” is Gaelic for “Black Oil.”

Samichlaus (Austria) – Another rare, strong beer (it’s 14% ABV). This lager is only brewed once per year, right before Christmas (the name is Swiss-German for “Santa Claus.”) It spends 10 months ageing, which results in a sweet chocolate-port like flavour. Goes wonderfully with dessert.

Rochefort Trappistes 10 (Belgium) – An amazing drink, considered the gold standard among beer connoisseurs. This beer has been brewed from water from a monastery well, and the history of the beer can be dated back to 1595.

If you love tastings and learning about brewing beer, you can look into beer pairing menus at Crystal Cruises’ Vintage Room Dinners, or try their new 14-night microbrew-themed cruise sailing from New York to Miami, departing on the 5th November 2014.

Speaking about the upcoming Connoisseur menu, Phillip Ordever, Crystal’s Vice President of International Sales & Marketing says:

“We have spent months trying to source some of these bottles. Knowing our guests’ refined palette, we went beyond basic microbrews to award-winning beers coveted by true connoisseurs.”

About Crystal’s ‘Connoisseur’ menus:

Crystal moved to an all-inclusive food and beverage programme in 2012.  Shortly after, the line offered additional ‘Connoisseur menus” for those who seek something a little extra special.

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