Red Stripe Jamaican lager
is brewed and bottled by Desnoes
, and has been since 1928. In 1993, Guinness Bass
acquired the company and manages the importation to the United States.
What can I say? Red Stripe
is liquid gold
. It comes in stout 12 ounce bottles of dark glass. The beer itself is very light and very smooth with just a hint of bitterness
in the light aftertaste. It can create quite a bit of foam, so be careful when pouring it, though I must say it is best drank straight from the bottle.
Red Stripe typically costs about three dollars more per six pack
than American beer
s such as Budweiser
. The notable difference is that Red Stripe has a better balance of malt
which give it a cleaner, smoother taste with less aftertaste. It is a bit sweet
and is definitely worth the extra three dollars when you want a crisp, light-bodied beer
I was introduced to Red Stripe originally by reading The Firm
by John Grisham
. The protagonist, Mitch McDeere
, travels to the Cayman Islands
for work related business and has several Red Stripe
beers for a fair share of money at a bar on the beach. I was intrigued, but it wasn't until five years later while at a friend's home that I was offered a Red Stripe. The name immediately rang a bell and I took the opportunity happily. Since then, I've drank only Red Stripe
: Red Stripe when I can afford it and Corona when I can't.
For me, nothing comes close to Red Stripe. Cheers.