Belize and beers is not your average story, I’m almost sure the same goes for every country. In Belize you’ll notice that you won’t find a wide variety of beers and this is because the Belize brewing company has long had a stronghold on the beer market making most foreign ales prohibited. However, there is an exemption on beers brewed in the Caribbean due to an open market agreement with CARICOM, which recently caused the reduction of importation prices giving Belizeans a few more options.
As of late 2009, you can now more readily see beverages such as Heineken which is produced in St. Lucia, Carib Beer of Trinidad and Tobago, and Red Stripe of Jamaica at stores countrywide. The Belize brewing company also brews Guinness, although its not the ubiquitous draft available in North America and Europe, their website says its brewed bigger and bolder (you’re right, that means more hops and more alcohol). I think its something we’ve adopted from Jamaica and the Caribbean since Guinness Stout is big in the culture.
Beers in Belize
There’s also a drink called Dragon Stout that almost no one drinks so I decided not to list it. A fun fact for the curious minds out there is that you can still see international beers such as Corona, Tecate, Dos Equis and Budweiser at family parties and especially at local weddings but those are all smuggled in from Guatemala and Mexico.
Which is your favourite beer? Or are you a rum-kind-of-guy?