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Jamaican Beers - Top 7 Questions, Answered
By Deon Clarke | Associate Writer
When you think of Jamaica, the first thing that likely comes to mind is sun, sand, sea and reggae music of course!
Then there’s the appetizing food and tantalizing drinks that keeps you going back for more. But wait, there’s another kind of sunshine you'll enjoy in here in Jamaica. This one is in a bottle and, as your companion, will keep you warm and cozy all year long.
I’m talking about …. the Jamaican beer :-)
And today I will answer your most post questions about Jamaican beer, starting with...
There’s only one simple answer for this, the Red Stripe Beer, made by Desnoes and Geddes (D&G). This is a pale lager beer and by far the most popular beer in Jamaica.
Red Stripe can be found just about any and everywhere in Jamaica, from corner shops to supermarkets, hotels and chill spots, its there!
And why is this so popular? Personally, outside of its amazing flavour, I think it has to do with the wide distribution network and the fact that it is Jamaica’s second home-made beer, making its grand entrance in 1928. And both Jamaicans and tourists alike, can’t get enough of it.
Red Stripe beer is certainly not the only beer in Jamaica. There are quite a number of other beers here, brewed locally or imported.
There are also some exciting variations of Red Stripe beer which I actually find quite delightful. Let us take a look at some of the brands and types of beers in Jamaica.
I'll now share with you the most popular ones, the Top 23, and indicated and also let you know which is brewed locally (by who) or imported.
Here we go!
As you can see from above, we drink a wide variety of beers, and believe me when I say we drink them :-), but also always willing to try anything new; beers may not have invented in Jamaica, but the consumption is definitely perfected here!
Yes, Bud Light, though not brewed in Jamaica, is one of the beers that is imported here. You find it a lot in hotels and resort areas, satisfying primarily, tourists who wants to enjoy a taste of home.
After enjoying these tantalizing flavours of Jamaican beers, it is no wonder you would want to know where all this magic is created, lol.
The breweries in Jamaica that produce beers in Jamaica are primarily Desnoes and Geddes and Razz Brewery – both located here in Kingston, Jamaica. So if you ever want to take a tour, I’m pretty certain they would be willing to arrange it
Innovation is the heart of any prosperous business and breweries are no exception. I’m not sure if you know much about the beer making process and the raw materials involved, but it is important to note that Red Stripe has embarked on a project to use locally grown cassava as one it’s raw materials and has invested heavily in this venture.
Also, the Red Stripe Melon is one of the newest flavours to hit the market. It is a blend of ginger, watermelon flavour, inverted sugar and it’s lager beer. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I’m sure it’s just as great as all the other flavours.
I’m sure by now you can’t wait to go out and get a nice, ice-cold red stripe beer or to enjoy the crisp flavours of Smirnoff Ice.
Sure, enjoy the rich, dark, smooth goodness of Guinness or a spitfire stout!
Either way, its probably prime time to get your own sunshine in a bottle.
Remember, though, you must be 18 years and older and hey – drink responsibly!