Monday, January 24, 2011

Beers of The Tropics

I thought today I'd take some time to highlight some of the local beers we've enjoyed on our tropical travels. Since I'm sitting here now watching some football and drinking Presidente, I'll start there.

We stopped and picked up some Presidente from our beer/wine megastore, Total Wine Warehouse on Saturday. We've been researching resorts in the Dominican Republic the last few weeks, which is where Presidente is made. The company website describes it best: "Presidente Beer brings you the true essence of the Caribbean! Nothing else can compare to its refreshing, smooth and lively taste. That’s why every sip becomes a celebration!" You can't argue with a celebration in every sip!

I'm not sure if it was coincidental or not, but we ended up booking our next trip to the Dominican Republic later Saturday night! Ole ole! We knew which all-inclusive resort we wanted to go to and knew we wanted the adult-only club section, however hadn't decided on which room type. Marla was checking prices and noticed that Cheap Caribbean, Apple Vacations and even the resort website itself no longer showed any availability for rooms in the club section. A week ago, all room types were showing available. We were quite bummed out, since we had no idea that things might book up that quickly and we're not going until May. Luckily we were able to find one room left in the club section on Expedia and the price was good also, so it all ended up working out. We'll be at the Majestic Elegance enjoying an unlimited supply of Presidente, it's a great warm weather beachy beer! 5% alcohol by volume in the Dominican.

Next we'll take a trip to the Bahamas, for some Kalik. "Kalik" is the sound made by cowbells, a key instrument used by the bands in the Bahamas annual Junkanoo Festival held during the Christmas and New Year's season. Junkanoo is nearly 200 years old and those cowbells have been there since the beginning. Everyone needs more cowbell!

One ad for Kalik says that it is good with a slice of Pineapple? Can't say that I've ever tried that, but it could work, especially when chilling on the beach in the Bahamas...Although we can't stand Nassau, the beaches/water there are nice, if only they could keep the peeps that want to braid your hair, sell you jewelery or sell you weed off the beach, it could be a very nice place. Despite that, the beer is pretty good. 5% alcohol by volume in the Bahamas.

That brings us to Sol. An easy drinking light beer made in Mexico. It is often compared to Corona, since it's usually served with a lime slice, but I'd say it's slightly better. It goes down smooth, especially in draft form on a warm day at the beach or poolside in Mexico. You can drink this one with or without lime. 4.1% alcohol by volume.

Do you have a tropical locale favorite beer? Cheers!


Mock family said...

oh SOL, get in my bubba mug!

Marla said...

You forgot about Dos Equis!! Stay thirsty my friends....

Chris said...

True, Dos Equis was good too...ole!

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