Beer in the Caribbean
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The beers of the Caribbean are unique to each island in the region, although many are variances of the same style. Each island generally brews its own unique pale lager, the occasional stout, and often a non-alcoholic malta beverage. Contract-brewing of international beers is also common, with Heineken Pilsener and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout being the most popular. The beers vary between the islands to suit the taste and the brewing method used.
Antigua and Barbuda
Balashi Beer, a 5%ABV all-malt pilsner, is the national beer of Aruba. It won the Gold Medal from the Monde Selection in Brussels in 2001, as well as the Grand Gold from the same committee in 2004.
Kalik Beer, a golden lager, is the national beer of the Bahamas, controlling over 50% of the beer market in the country. Winner of three consecutive Gold Medals from Monde Selection, it is also stronger than most Caribbean lagers, at 7%ABV. Its brewer, Commonwealth Brewing Ltd, also brews Kalik Light and Kalik Regular, two lagers lighter than the original.
10 Saints beer is brewed in Speightstown, St. Peter in Barbados and aged for 90 days in Mount Gay 'Special Reserve' Rum casks. It was first brewed in 2009 and is available in certain Caricom nations.
The national beer of Belize is Belikin Beer, it is a light continental European style lager. The Belize Brewing Company holds a monopoly in the market and also brews a few other lagers and a stout.
Prestige is one of the best beers in the Caribbean. Prestige is the name for a 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  and so far its only native beer. Prestige beer is also available in some parts of the United States.
Prestige beer was launched in 1976, less than 2 years after BRANA's creation. In 2000, it won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup for American-style lager  and in 2005 it started being exported to select American cities.
Medalla Light is a Puerto Rican beer. Silver Key, is produced in the same brewery. The beer won first prize in 2005 for light beer in Brussels awarded by Monde Selection. Currently it is the top selling beer in Puerto Rico. In addition, they launched Magna on August 1, 2011. Micro- and nano-breweries are gaining popularity in the island. Current small-scale breweries include Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Boquerón Brewing Company in Cabo Rojo, FOK Brewing in Caguas, Rincón Beer Company in Rincón, Dacay Microbrewery in Guaynabo, and Ingeniero Microbrewery and Barlovento Brewing, both in Manati. Several more microbreweries are in the process of attaining permits.
Trinidad and Tobago
Carib Breweries manufactures Carib Beer and Stag Lager, along with Malta Carib, and Shandy Carib.
List of beers and breweries
- Banks Barbados Brewery
- Barlovento Brewing
- Boqueron Brewing Company
- Brasserie Nationale d'Haïti
- Carib Brewery
- Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
- Cervecería Vegana
- Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
- Dacay Microbrewery
- Dragon Stout
- FOK Brewing
- Ingeniero Microbrewery
- Kingston 62
- Old Harbor Brewery
- Piton (beer)
- Presidente (beer)
- Prestige (beer)
- Red Stripe
- Rincón Beer Company
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