(courtesy: Crystal Cruises)
Gene Sloan, USA TODAY
Add limited edition beer to the list of high-priced drinks available on cruise ships.
Luxury line Crystal says it soon will stock its two vessels with Samuel Adams' rare Utopias brew, a cult offering that is made with a yeast found in champagne and resembles a port wine. The pricetag: $300 a bottle.
Just 3,000 bottles of Samuel Adams Utopias are produced annually.
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Samuel Adams Utopia will appear by the end of the year on the new Connoisseur beer menu that will be available on the line's Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the line says. The menu includes up to a dozen unusual craft brews at a time and changes as the ships move around the globe.
Other rare beers planned for the menu include England's Thornbridge Bracia, a dark ale made with seven malts, five hops and chestnut honey from the Alpine foothills of Northeast Italy. It's billed as tasting of chocolate, coffee, liquorice and hazelnuts.
Also coming, says Crystal, is Scotland's Ola Dubh 12. Gaelic for "black oil," the brew is aged in oak casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12-year-old single malt whisky.
Crystal's announcement comes as beer offerings at other lines become more diverse, too. Big ship operator Royal Caribbean now serves more than two dozen brews on its vessels, and rival Carnival recently began serving its own in-house beer, ThirstyFrog Red, on some ships.
Crystal recently announced it would offer a microbrew-themed cruise from New York to Miami in November 2014.