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Carnival Cruise Line hosted its first-ever Summertime Beer-B-Que featuring mouth-watering barbecue from the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse – a new seagoing eatery developed by Carnival and Food Network star Guy Fieri - and samples of craft beers from top breweries from across the country.

Fieri was on hand at 620 Loft and Garden in New York to serve up tasty samples of authentic favorites like Championship Pork Butt and Blue Ribbon Chicken, along with delicious sides including Mac Daddy Mac n’ Cheese and Scratch-Made Cole Slaw.  Refreshing draught beers from top U.S. breweries, including Concrete Beach, Coney Island Brewing Co., Cigar City, Heavy Seas, Sierra Nevada, as well as Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red, served as the perfect accompaniment.

The event, emceed by Carnival Cruise Director Malcolm Burn, also included a panel discussion and Q&A with Fieri and Carnival’s VP of Beverage Operations Eddie Allen.

The open-air, free-of-charge Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Bar-B-Que debuted on Carnival Magic earlier this year and will be featured on the new Carnival Vista which arrives in New York in November then launches year-round service from Miami later that month.   The venue – which features an actual wood smoker, a rarity on cruise ships - will also be featured on the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Dream next year.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Bar-B-Que builds upon the chef’s longstanding partnership with Carnival.  Guy’s Burger Joints – complimentary poolside venues offering hand-crafted burgers, fresh-cut fries and inventive toppings – are currently featured on more than half the Carnival fleet serving upwards of 100,000 burgers a week, making them the most popular burgers at sea.

Carnival offers two dozen different varieties of craft beers throughout its fleet with regional favorites available on ships sailing from Miami, Long Beach, Baltimore, Galveston, New Orleans and Tampa, as well as ships that sail to Alaska and Hawaii.

The line has also expanded its craft beer options with three distinctly different beers brewed aboard the Carnival Vista at the RedFrog Pub & Brewery – the first on-board brewery for a North American-based cruise ship.