Caribbean Beers – Remember The Islands By Taking A Drink

Caribbean beers

Yes the Caribbean is famous for its rum, and deservedly so, but sometimes there’s nothing like an ice-cold refreshing beer to beat back the tropical heat. The islands aren’t known for their beers, in fact I’ve heard plenty of people complain about how all the beers in the Caribbean are light, tasteless and indistinguishable from each other. I can see how some people would say this, but I also disagree. Just because something is light, yellow in color and isn’t punching you in the face with hops and barley doesn’t mean it’s a bad beer.

I’m definitely no beer snob, I will take a smooth Red Stripe, Corona or Kalik over a fancy German or Belgium beer any day. Why? Because that’s what tastes good to me and and these beers have memories attached to them. When I drink a Carib, Sands or any other Caribbean beer it instantly takes me back to my time on that island. No fancy European beer can do that.

I was going to do a list of the “Best Caribbean Beers,” but that is such a subjective thing, everyone has different tastes. So instead I’m going to list a bunch of island brews that I’ve enjoyed and you can tell us below what brew is your favorite, or which beer has the best Caribbean memories attached to it for you. Not listed in alphabetic order because I’m crazy like that, here we go!

Caribbean Beers

Caribbean beersSt. John Brewers – USVI

Anyone who has spent any time in the USVI I’m sure has had a few beers from the St. John Brewer guys. Their line of beers are full of flavor and buck the stereotype of light flavorless island beer. With flavors like Tropical Mango, Island Summer Ale, Liquid Sunshine and Island Hoppin’ IPA–St. John Brewers are a craft beer company that made the USVI its home. Which one is your favorite?

 

Caribbean beersWadadli – Antigua

The national beer of Antigua is Wadadli beer, an alternative name for the island itself.  It is brewed by Antigua Brewery which brews a few other Caribbean beers. I’ve only had this one once so I can’t comment a great deal. What do you say?

 

 

 

Caribbean beersCaybrew – Cayman Islands

Caybrew, CayLight, White Tip and Ironshore Bock are all products of the Cayman Island Brewery LTD. Their beers have won many awards and are very popular in the Caribbean. I have not yet visited the Cayman Islands, but Florida is lucky enough to get a nice selection of Caribbean beers every now and then. I’ve had Caybrew several times and enjoyed it thoroughly.

 

 

Caribbean Beers PresidentePresidente – Dominican Republic

Presidente is a brand of Pilsner owned and produced by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana at several breweries in the Dominican Republic. Believe it or not, I’m not a fan of Presidente. For whatever reason it gives me a headache every time I drink it. If you see me with one in my hand, slap it out!

 

 

Caribbean Beers BalashiBalashi – Aruba

Balashi Beer, an all-malt pilsner, is the national beer of Aruba. I’ve never had it. I want it. I’ve emailed them. They won’t respond. Don’t they know who I am!

 

 

Caribbean beers HairounHairoun – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Ahhhh Hairoun. I remember sitting at the Frangipani restaurant on Bequia, all by myself chatting with the bartender. I enjoyed a few Hairouns, watched a guy open coconuts and took in the vista that is Admiralty Bay. I wouldn’t say it’s the greatest beer, but then again it might have been the best I’ve ever had.

 

 

Caribbean beers Kalik SandsKalik & SANDS – The Bahamas

True story, I’m drinking a Kalik Gold as I write this story. Liquid inspiration. I’m a big fan of both Kalik and SANDS and to this day the “Kalik VS. SANDS – Which is better?” post is one of the most visited stories on RSR. I love them both, I drink more Kalik at home because its easy to get, but when I’m in the Bahamas I always drink SANDS, we can’t get it in Florida so I indulge.

 

Caribbean Beers St. KittsSkol – St. Kitts & Nevis

The man’s beer. My first couple days on St. Kitts I was drinking Carib, then Lavern at the Marriott Resort told me about Skol. She informed me that Skol is the man beer on St. Kitts. Well, I’m a man, so I guess I need to drink Skol! It wasn’t bad but wasn’t great, I resumed my friendship with Carib after a day or two.

 

Caribbean BeersCarib – Trinidad & Tabago

Carib is known as the beer of the Caribbean. You can get if pretty much on any island and also here in south Florida. I love this beer because it is refreshing, its light, and you know what you’re going to get when you take a sip. I’ll take one any day of the week. I want to thank Monja of Grenada Explorer for the awesome Carib hat she got me in Grenada! Cheers!

 

 

Caribbean beersRed Stripe – Jamaica

Jamaica, haven’t been there. I know, what Caribbean travel blogger hasn’t been to Jamaica! Feel free to slap me in the face next time you see me. I feel as if I’ve been there by the amount of research I’ve done and Red Stripe that I’ve drank though. Red Stripe could also be considered the beer of the Caribbean along with Carib. Mass marketed to the US with their, “Hooray Beer!” campaign, Red Stripe is a little bit of paradise in a bottle. I do have one complaint though. At only 11.2 oz. per bottle I feel a little short changed. You can definitely tell you’re getting less beer when drinking one of their short squatty bottles. So many times I’ve picked up the bottle, raised it to my lips for another drink and boom, it’s all gone. Son of a B!

Caribbean BeersBanks – Barbados

Barbados is home to the Banks Barbados Brewery, which brews Banks Beer, a pale lager, as well as Banks Amber Ale. Again I’m a little spoiled because we south Floridians can get Banks in a few different local stores. I enjoyed Banks and will gladly raise my bottle to Barbados. Keep making that good beer!

 

 

Caribbean beersTurks Head – Turks & Caicos

This is a Caribbean beer I have not had. I asked an expert about it, Mr. Bob Davies who has lived in the TCI for many years, and he said it was s**t. Well that wasn’t the greatest of endorsements, but I’d still like to do a taste test myself. Click the name above and you can read what Steve from Uncommon Caribbean had to say about the Turks Head. I’ve never been to the Turks & Caicos so the beer has eluded me, I’ve flown over the islands many times and each time I wanted to jump out of the plane to do some exploring.

Here are some other Caribbean beers that are note worthy.

  • Amstel Bright of Curaçao
  • Biere Lorraine of Martinique.
  • Corsaire Biere of Guadeloupe
  • Kubuli Beer of Dominica
  • Medalla Light of Puerto Rico
  • Piton of St Lucia
  • Prestige of Haiti

I’m sure I’ve missed a few so feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what Caribbean beer you love.

Cheers Castaways!

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Comments

  1. Blake Simpson says:

    Hi R.!
    Lavern steered you wrong. STAG is the Man’s Beer!
    It is much like Skol flavorwise but I prefer Stag over Skol.
    Carib Lager Beer is known on St Kitts as “The Native” because it doesn’t travel far from home. Meaning the taste suffers with travel and handling.

    I’ve included a MANLY Stag Lager ad. below.

    http://youtu.be/KGlYvZE9Kjk

  2. Thanks Blake! Now that you mention it I think STAG was the St. Kitts beer she mentioned. Thanks for that! Carib, even though originally brewed in Trinidad and Tobago, is also made on St. Kitts I believe and I think one other island.

  3. Lawrie Lock says:

    Living in Mexico on the Caribbean I am kinda partial to Sol to quench that afternoon thirst. But don’t forget the good beers of Cuba. Yeah I know it’s hard to get to for americans, but the beer is worth trying Enjoy

  4. steven bruele says:

    Thumbs up for St Lucias Piton!
    If you guys are ever in St Lucia you should hike the Pitons mountains and drink a Piton beer when you make it to the top, we did that in the last spring break at it was beautiful and so much fun. The tour leaders even wrote a post about it and used the pics from our group: http://www.barefootholidaystlucia.com/blog/drink-piton-top-pitons

  5. Steve, hiking to the top of the Pitons is definitely on my list of things to do. I want to touch the sky form both of them! Thanks for the comment! Cheers!

  6. Man, great post!
    St. John’s brewers will always hold special memories for me! Iggie’s, Ryan, castaways… Great beer!
    Banks is the same! First had it at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater… Another great beer that I could enjoy any day!
    But of them all, and judged only on its own Merritt’s, you cannot beat Carib!
    As usual, it’s about the people and memories than a truly standout craft beer. None of these are bad, and every o e brings me right to the beach!
    Thanks Ryan… For the beers and the memories!

  7. Blake Simpson says:

    I never found an Amber beer in the Caribbean. Just stouts.
    Do you know of any Amber beers brewed in the Caribbean? B.

  8. Love Presidente, though you are right, it can give me a headache. Carib is probably my all around favorite too, though I do like Kalik. Even though I am not a big fan of Curacao, I do like Amstel Bright. And while I love Aruba, beer there is expensive and Balashi is not good!

  9. Blake, that’s a point. If you want to toss Mexico in to the Caribbean beers list you could go with Dos Equis Amber or Modelo Negro. I’ll have to do some checking on other Caribbean Ambers. Cheers!

  10. RedWingsfan1 says:

    Belikin from Belize!

  11. Some beer picks! As a beer lover, I always enjoy tasting the local beer wherever I travel to. As well, I now have a nice display of world beer bottles and cans on one of my office bookshelves as a colorful reminder of my tropical vacations.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. I’m a beer lover and I wouldn’t mind trying all those good beers :-) Has anyone tried Buyé? I heard that’s the beer of the new brewery that opened last year.

  13. I haven’t heard of that one yet Helen, which island does it come from? Anguilla is launching a new beer soon as well. Cheers!

  14. It comes from Ponce, Puerto Rico. I heard the first cans of Buyé on Puerto Rico store shelves by the middle of August last year. I sure will be waiting for that new beer launching in Anguilla! :-)

  15. I tried a Presidente while in Grand Turk last week. Awful, awful stuff. Just no taste whatsoever. I saw quite a few people drinking it for breakfast. I did have the Turks Head lager and amber. I’ve heard the lager referred to as horse p*ss, but I didn’t mind it. I tossed a lime wedge in it and it was quite tasty on a very hot afternoon. The amber had some good flavor to it, but was a heavier taste and therefore wasn’t as refreshing.

  16. Thanks for the report Corey. I’m with you, can’t do Presidente at all, but see everyone and their mother drink them. Don’t get it.

  17. Dude! Thanks for the heads up on Carib. Checked out the local watering hole supplier this weekend, and they had two lonely 6-packs of Carib. Definitely an amazing beer!!!!

    To add (and a tad OT), I should have the decals for my Wrangler in a few weeks. Will keep you posted!!!! Thanks again!!!!

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