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Caribbean Beer

Top Beers and Brews of the Caribbean Islands


When you are in the Caribbean, you should drink Caribbean beer -- it's that simple. These are beers brewed in and designed for the tropics -- typically light and smooth lagers, they go down easy on a hot sunny day. There are more than a dozen major Caribbean brews to choose from, including popular favorites like Jamaica's Red Stripe, Carib and the "Man's Beer" -- Stag -- from Trinidad, and the uniquely Bahamian Kalik. Try 'em all!

Balashi, Aruba

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This all-malt pilsner is the national beer of Aruba. You can tour the Balashi brewery in Oranjestad when visiting the island.

Banks, Barbados

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This pilsner-style lager is brewed by the Banks Barbados Brewery, which also makes amber, stout, and light versions of the brew. The brewery in Barbados' St. Michael parish offers tours to the public.

Biere Lorriane, Martinique

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This American-style lager can be found in bars across Martinique, where it is locally brewed.

Bucanero, Cuba

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Classic Cuban lager brewed in Holguin.

Carib, Trinidad and Tobago

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One of the most popular beers in the Caribbean, and sold in many islands beyond its native Trinidad, Carib is an American Adjunct Lager.

Caybrew, Cayman Islands

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Caybrew is a European Style Pale Lager produced by Cayman Islands Brewing, Ltd., which also makes a Caybrew Light, White Tip Lager, and a hearty Ironshore Bock. The Grand Cayman brewery was founded in 2007 and is open to the public for tours.

Kalik, Bahamas

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Part of the Heineken family of beer brands, Kalik is brewed by Commonwealth Brewery in Nassau, Bahamas. The name for this mellow lager comes from the distinctive sound made by cowbells during the islands' annual Junkanoo celebration. Light and heavier "gold" versions of Kalik also are sold. With about 7 percent alcohol, the regular Kalik has a decent kick.

Kubuli, Dominica

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This light, German style lager bears a shortened version of the Carib Indian name for this island of Dominica and is made with spring water from the "nature island" of the Caribbean.

Medalla Light, Puerto Rico

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This popular pale lager is brewed in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and sold everywhere on the island.

Piton, St. Lucia

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Named for St. Lucia's signature mountain peaks, Piton is a American Adjunct Lager produced on-island by the Windward & Leeward Brewing Company, which also brews Heineken, Guinness, and Strongbow cider under license.

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