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By Kelisa Pascal

The beer culture in the Caribbean thrives, proving rum isn’t the only alcohol beverage West Indians indulge in drinking. The tropical weather makes a perfect atmosphere for light, chilled beers year-round on any Caribbean island. Islands have their own locally brewed beers with unique flavors and twists to distinguish them from others.

These are the beers to look out for while you enjoy the islands’ raw beauty, scenery, and festivals:

Antigua 

Wadadli

wadadli

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Crisp, spicy sweetness

Brewed in: St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda

 

 

 

 

 

Aruba

Balashi

balashi

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Soft bitterness

Brewed in: Santa Cruz, Aruba

 

 

 

 

 

Bahamas

Kalik

kalik

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Some bitterness up front with a sweet finish

Brewed in: Nassau, Bahamas

 

 

 

 

Barbados

Banks

banks

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.7%

Taste: Medium level sweetness and lightly malty

Brewed in: St. Michael, Barbados

 

 

 

 

 

Belize

Belikin

belikin

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.8%

Taste: Refreshing, crisp with a hint of sweetness

Brewed in: Belize City, Belize

 

 

 

 

Cayman Islands

Caybrew

caybrew

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Lean, crisp with corn sweetness and a hint of citrus flavor

Brewed in: George Town, Cayman Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba

Cristal

cristal

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.9%

Taste: Malty and lightly sweetish flavor

Brewed in: Holguín, Cuba

 

 

 

 

Curaçao

Amstel Bright

bright

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Touch of sweetness, grainy and slight bitterness

Brewed in: Willemstad, Curaçao

 

 

 

 

 
 

Dominica

Kubuli

kubuli

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Refreshing citrus and wheat flavor

Brewed in: Roseau, Dominica

 

 

 

 

 Dominican Republic

Presidente

presidente-beer-profile

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Sweet malty with a mild bitterness

Brewed in: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haiti

Prestige

prestige

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5.6%

Taste: Lightly sweet and a mild bitterness

Brewed in: Port au Prince, Haiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamaica

Red Stripe

red stripe

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.7%

Taste: Clean and crisp. Light bitterness and soft taste

Brewed in: Kingston, Jamaica

 

 

Martinique

Biere Lorraine

biere

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Malty flavor that finishes with a short bitter taste

Brewed in: Le Lamentin, Martinique

 

 

 

 

 


Puerto Rico

Medalla Light

medalla

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.2%

Taste: Refreshing sweetness, grainy and corn malt flavor

Brewed in: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

St. Kitts and Nevis

Skol

skol

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Light bodied with a low bitterness

Brewed in: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

 

 

 

St. Lucia

Piton

piton

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Taste: Lightly sweet corn and lemon flavor

Brewed in: Vieux Fort, St Lucia

 

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Hairoun

hairoun

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.8%

Taste: Mellow sweetness, harsh bitterness with corny finish

Brewed in: Campden Park, St Vincent & the Grenadines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Carib

Untitled

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%

Taste: Lightly sweet and bitter with malty and lemon flavor

Brewed in: Champs-Fleurs, Trinidad & Tobago

 

 

 

 

 

Turks and Caicos

Turks Head

turks

 

Alcohol Percentage: 4.8%

Taste: Crisp, grassy, and smooth

Brewed in: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

 

 

 

 

 

U.S Virgin Islands

Blackbeard Ale

blackbeard

 

Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%

Taste: Slightly sweet with a bitter finish

Brewed in: Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands

 

 

 

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