Best Cruises for Food Lovers
High-end beers, vegetarian menus, seafood-centric restaurants and locavore cuisine: A guide to the best eating and drinking on ocean and river cruises.—Gina Hamadey and M. Elizabeth Sheldon.
Crystal Cruises' Connoisseur Beer Program features all kinds of intriguing brews. Crystal’s beverage guru, Toni Neumeister, names a few favorites:
Priciest: Samuel Adams Utopias. "They make only a limited number of bottles a year, and the wholesale cost is over $100. It’s very high in alcohol and intensely flavored."
Most Refreshing: La Trappe Blond. "This Belgian-style blonde ale is actually made in Holland, and it’s clear, sparkling and refreshing."
Strongest: Rochefort Trappistes 10. "This dark, complex Belgian beer clocks in at 11.3 percent alcohol—that’s closer to a wine than a beer."
Rarest: Samichlaus Bier. "Made once every December in Austria and aged for 10 months before bottling, this beer resembles a chocolaty port."