10Best Investigates Beers of the Caribbean

Cold beers and hot sun a winning combination


The Caribbean isn't exactly known for its beers -- let's face it, it's no Bavaria -- but there's something about an ice-cold Caribbean beer that perfectly quenches the thirst when sipped on a beautiful beach. With dozens of varieties out there, 10Best has narrowed it down to the top five.Carib — Photo courtesy of kelly reeves

Carib Lager

With "Caribbean" in the name, Carib out of Trinidad and Tobago is a cruise ship classic. This medium-bodied lager has a pleasant balance of hops and malts and a slightly bitter finish to cool you off on a hot Caribbean afternoon. Squeeze in a wedge of lime and enjoy.Red Stripe — Photo courtesy of Daniel Orth

Red Stripe

This Jamaican beer is good enough that you'll find it in stores throughout the United States. Hailing from Kingston, this malty lager goes down smooth with a crisp finish perfect for offsetting the spice of that charred jerk chicken you've been munching on.Turk's Head — Photo courtesy of Joe Loong

Turk's Head

Turk's Head, brewed in the Turks & Caicos Islands, is a light-bodied lager with a lightly hopped aftertaste, perfect for washing down all that fresh seafood you're eating. The brewery also produces an amber ale if that's more to your liking.Blackbeard Ale — Photo courtesy of Zepfanman.com

Blackbeard Ale

This is the Caribbean after all, so it's only fitting that at least one beer makes reference to pirates. Blackbeard Ale, a British pale ale from the Virgin Islands, has a heavy maltiness with hints of molasses that make it an excellent sipper for an island evening.Sol — Photo courtesy of tiffany terry


Sun and sand go hand in hand, and so do Sol and the Caribbean. All this easy-to-drink Mexican light beer needs is some lime, salt and a sun lounger in Cancun...paradise!

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia considers herself somewhat of a beer snob, but when it comes to sipping a cold one on the beach, she'll reach for a light lager and some lime any day.

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