16 Great Caribbean Beers to Beat the Heat

Almost every major Caribbean island has its local beer

••• Balashi Beer from Aruba. © p_x_g via Flikr

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!

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    A beer that's nearly synonymous with the Caribbean, Red Stripe is a world-famous export from Jamaica like reggae and rum. Unlike most Caribbean beers, it's a full-bodied lager with a uniquely sweet flavor, packaged in distinctive squat, dark-glass, 12-ounce bottles. There's also a Red Stripe Light version of the beer, and brewer Desnoes & Geddes of Kingston also makes Dragon Stout and the popular non-alcoholic Malta beverage.

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    Balashi, Aruba

    ••• Balashi Beer from Aruba. © p_x_g via Flikr

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

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    ••• Banks Beer of Barbados. © North Joe via Flikr

    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.

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    Biere Lorriane, Martinique

    ••• Biere Lorraine from Martinique. © Uncommon Caribbean

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

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    ••• Bucanero Beer from Cuba. © Zoonabar via Flikr

    Classic Cuban lager brewed in Holguin.

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    ••• Carib Beer from Trinidad and Tobago. © Robert S. Donovan via Flikr

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

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    ••• Caybrew beer from the Cayman Islands. © Mike Miley via Flikr

    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.

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    ••• Kalik Beer from the Bahamas. © Cogdogbog via Flikr

    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.

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    Kubuli, Dominica

    ••• Kubuli beer from Dominica. © Jean&Nathalie via Flikr

    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.

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    ••• Medallia Light beer from Puerto Rico. © Jason Sturner 72 via Flikr

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

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    ••• Bucanero Beer from Cuba. © Zoonabar via Flikr

    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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    ••• Presidente beer from the Dominican Republic. © Pockey Wiley via Flikr

    This American Adjunct Lager is the most popular beer in the Dominican Republic and, like Red Strip and Carib, can be found on U.S. store shelves, as well.

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    ••• Prestige Beer from Haiti. © Uncommon Caribbean

    An American-style lager, Prestige has been brewed in Haiti for several decades and is now the most popular brand of beer on the island. The beer was honored with a gold medal in the World Beer Cup in 2000.

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    ••• Sands beer from Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. © Uncommon Caribbean

    Brewed on Grand Bahama Island, Sands is a pale lager from Bahamian Brewery and Beverage, which also makes a Sands Light, Strong Back Stout, and High Rock premium lager.

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    ••• Stag Lager Beer from Trinidad and Tobago. © Lee Coursey via Flikr

    Unabashedly billed as "A Man's Beer," Stag is a European Style Lager brewed by the same Trinidad and Tobago company that makes the lighter Carib. Despite its macho advertising, however, it's not especially strong -- just 5.5 percent alcohol by volume.

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    ••• Wadadli Beer from Antigua and Barbuda. © Caitlinator via Flikr

    Wadadli is a pale lager that reflects the original native name for Antigua.