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This article is about the beer brand. For places in Iran, see Kalik, Iran (disambiguation). For the Baha Men album, see Kalik (album).
Kalik Family Photo

Kalik is the beer of The Bahamas. It is made by the Commonwealth Brewery in Nassau which also produces Heineken, Guinness and Vitamalt.[1] Currently there are five variations of Kalik beer: regular Kalik with 5% alcohol per volume, extra-strength Kalik Gold (7%), Kalik Light (4.5%), Kalik Lime (4%), and Kalik Radler 2%.

Kalik was designed by Heineken International in 1988 based on studies of the Bahamian market. It seized market leadership from Beck's which had dominated the local market before.

Kalik is a golden, bold, full-bodied lager of premium quality with 5% alc./vol. It is proudly brewed in The Bahamas by local professionals, who adhere to the highest standards of production by utilizing smart technology and well-established brewing principles to ensure consistent, flavorful, and fresh taste. Kalik is a staple during Junkanoo – The Bahamas' most important and largest cultural event and also a pulsating, uniquely Bahamian genre of music. Kalik is named after the sound of the cowbell, one of the unique instruments of Junkanoo. The cowbell has a distinct, rhythmic “Kalik Kalik” sound. Proudly brewed with the same bold Bahamian spirit since 1988, this world-class beer is profoundly smooth tasting and thirst-quenching. It’s the beer Bahamians turn to when sharing our struggles, our victories, our freedom and pride.

Kalik Gold was introduced in 1992 as a limited edition brew to mark the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the new world. Kalik Gold is a lager worth exploring; this rich brew originally created to commemorate the quincentennial of our discovery is crafted for the daring drinker who loves his beer Big and Bold. It’s brewed in the same adventurous spirit that landed thrill-seeking explorers on the shores of The Bahamas hundreds of years ago.

Inspired by the clear waters of The Bahamas, Kalik Light’s clean, crisp and refreshing taste is the perfect pairing for a hot day on the beach or on the ocean, with good company. Its easygoing flavor is uniquely Bahamian. Kalik Light, a distinctively savory light beer with 4.5% alc./vol, was introduced in 1997 in response to consumers’ requests for a Bahamian light beer.

Kalik Lime was introduced in 2010, it is a flavored beer to meet the needs of tourists and locals alike who are looking for a highly refreshing beer with a hint of Lime.

Kalik Radler is the new, doubly refreshing addition to the vibrant Kalik family. Kalik Radler was introduced in May 2014, it is a tasteful and refreshing blend of Kalik beer and natural lemon juice.[2] According to the bottle label the name of Kalik is derived from sound of cowbells heard during the annual Bahamian festival of Junkanoo.


  1. ^ Burnshouse /Commonwealth Brewery website
  2. ^ Remarks by Hon. Fred Mitchell MP Minister of Foreign Affairs