The headline read, “5 Best Caribbean Beers”, of course I was going to read on and see what this Fox News writer really had to say about a subject so dear to my heart.

Here is the Fox News list of the best Caribbean beers:

  • Carib Lager – Trinidad, St. Kitts, Grenada
  • Kalik Gold – Bahamas
  • Red Stripe – Jamaica
  • Blackbeard Ale – Virgin Islands
  • Presidente – Dominican Republic

This list has some of the usual suspects with only one real surprise, the Blackbeard Ale. The headline said the best Caribbean beers, to me this list says most popular or most widely distributed, not necessarily the best. Has the writer really tried all of the smaller Caribbean beer labels? I think some really good beers got left off this list, they only missed the boat because they aren’t the big bottle on the beach.


First, I would kick Presidente right off the list. Big boot straight to the ass. For whatever reason, every time I drink more than one of these I get a headache. I know it’s a popular beer with many, just not this pirate.

I would have to say goodbye to the Blackbeard Ale as well. Only because I haven’t had the pleasure of it touching my lips.

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Kalik Gold from the Bahamas

Carib, Kalik Gold, and Red Stripe, these are some of my favorites and they find themselves in my beach cooler just about every weekend, but are they the best or just the most popular? Probably a little of both.

In my opinion I believe Banks Beer from Barbados and Imperial from Costa Rica should be added in place of the Blackbeard Ale and Presidente. Both have very unique flavors, taste great and are refreshing to the last drop.

Other Top Caribbean Beers

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Belikin Beer from Belize

Honorable mentions go to: Balashi Beer from Aruba, Sands from the Bahamas, Caybrew from the Cayman Islands, Medalla Light from Puerto Rico, and Belikin Beer from Belize.

You can read about the battle of the Bahamas between Kalik and SANDS here.

Of course when it comes right down to it, it all depends on the drinker’s tastebuds. Your top 5 Caribbean beers may differ from mine and the Fox News list completely, that’s fine. The most important part is that you enjoy it with a smile on your face and hopefully with your toes covered in Caribbean sand.

Cheers Castaways!

(Red Strip photo from dameonrb via Flickr, Carib Beer sign from erikaheinzurlaub via Flickr)

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  1. BahamasDread June 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Hey rummy first of all i would definitely like to agree with you, i think the writer listed out beers, that are readily available around the US and missed out some real gems.
    1) for the presidente, i wouldn’t x-naye it off the list, but i would put it on another list , maybe top 20. The presidente has an okay balance and I’ve never gotten headaches. but then again, for some reason i always drink mine with tequila shots!! hmm more research required.
    2) blackbeard ale i would skip also, i missed out on this one!
    3) just like u, im a huge fan of the carib and the kalik gold.
    4) the red stripe, uh not so much, it tastes a little watered down to me.
    5) now i have had the caybrew and the medalla light and i can say they are some swell pleasers, i could go for one of those right now.
    6) sands , the sleeper . sands is well balanced, beautifully flavored and does the trick. also bottled in the bahamas.
    for the carib beers i missed, send samples!! lol
    great article rummy

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    RumShopRyan June 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You know what Fabian, we should island hop for a couple months with some video cameras and do a drinking show. Tasting the different beers, interview the locals, get into trouble. What do you say!

  3. Michael June 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    For some reason, Amstel Bright always seems to get left off lists…..its a great light beer that used to be brewed in Curacao and is now shipped from the Netherlands. Only available in the ABC’s, great on the beach with a lime. FB it!


  4. BahamasDread June 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Rummy if we can find some folks to fund our expedition I’m onboard. After last weekend , I’m sure i can keep up with the infamous Rumshop ryan. Two bald headed guys, drinking rum and brewing up fun! Maybe we can help fox news get it right! lol

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    RumShopRyan June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Michael, I haven’t had Amstel Bright yet but you’re not the only one to mention that brand. I’ll be on the look out for it. Cheers!

    BahamasDread, I can see the spin now, two bald guys take the Caribbean. Island explorations during the day and drinking with the locals at night. I’m telling you, it could work.

  6. Steve Bennett June 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Saw this FOX News story and thought the same thing, Ryan. Pretty weak list for anyone who has traveled a bit throughout the Caribbean, but one that addresses brews that can easily be found in most metro-U.S. areas (aside from Blackbeard, of course). Some of the lesser-known, but exceptional beers like Biere Lorraine from Martinique, Prestige from Haiti and Caybrew from Grand Cayman are starting to become available in North America, though, so hopefully FOX will produce a more inspired list next time.

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    RumShopRyan June 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for the comment Steve. I’m very much looking for new Caribbean beer that are slowly making there way to the states. Found Caybrew at a Total Wine and More and a local publix had Banks and Kalik Gold, both pretty rare in this area. Cheers!

  8. Cheryl C June 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Hi RumShopRyan..Great write up…Just wanted to let you know that if you really want to sample ALL of the beers that you have been discussing then the place to be is the 2011 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in Barbados on 28 – 29 October 2011….We bring together the best of the regions rum & beer for two days of pure joy……..All are welcome.

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    RumShopRyan June 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Cheryl, thanks for the comment. Yeah the Caribbean Rum & Beer festival has been on my radar for the last two years. I’d love to get down there for the event. I’ll see what I can do. Cheers!

  10. Cheryl C July 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I’m gonna be looking out for you Ryna & promise to save you a few bottles of just about anything your heart desires!

  11. Mark July 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hey – just back from a week in Port Au Prince. The Hatian’s need our help – but certainly not with brewing beer. I thought Prestige Beer was fantastic. I’m also a fan of Banks – but thought the Hatian brew was a bit better.

  12. Rebecca Coutant August 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Love your shout out to Belikin…though 5 years of drinking it makes me crave a coors lite…

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    RumShopRyan August 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the comment Rebecca. I’d drink anything but Coors Light. Never been a fan, but hey, choice makes the world go round. Cheers!

  14. Ratebeer November 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    PRESTIGE is the best beer not only in the caribbean but the entire world. Prestige is brand of American-style lager produced by Brasserie Nationale d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is the best-selling beer in Haiti with a 98% market share. In 2000, it won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for American-style lager. Try it will never forget it

  15. Bear December 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Isn’t winning an award for “Best American Style Lager” kind of like winning an award for “Best Beach in Greenland”?! Seriously, for myself I think my beer preference goes with where I am… I like Beliken in Belize, Red Stripe in Jamaica, Hairoun In Bequia, Modelo Especial in Mexico, Banks in Barbados, Carib in St. Kitts, etc… I guess I’m just a beer slut (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

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    RumShopRyan December 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Nothing wrong with that at all Bear. I’m the same way, I like to drink what ever the local brew is. I did drink a lot of Hairoun in Bequia, but started to migrate back to the Carib. Just a better taste in my opinion. Cheers!

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  19. IslandTime March 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Kalik is not produced in the Caribbean. A great beer, but it doesn’t belong on the list geographically.

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