Belize and Beers


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.

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Beers in Belize

belikin beer

Belikin Beer – Alcohol 4.8 %

belikin stout

Belikin Stout – Alcohol 6.5 %

Belikin Premium

Belikin Premium – Alcohol 4.8 %

Belikin's Lighthouse Lager

Lighthouse Lager by Belikin – Alcohol 4.2 %

Guinness Stout in Belize

Guinness Stout – Alcohol 7.5%

Seasonal Belikin Beers. Chocolate Stout, Verano Beer, Sorrel Stout

Seasonal Belikin Beers. Chocolate Stout, Verano Beer, Sorrel Stout

Carib Beer is the newest beer in Belize

Carib Beer – Alcohol 5.2%

Heineken Beer is very popular in Belize

Heineken Beer – Alcohol 5%

Red Strip Beer in Belize

Red Stripe – Alcohol 4.7%

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?




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12 Responses to Belize and Beers

  1. Lorenzo Gonzalez October 14, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

    I forgot to mention that the Belikin Stout is my favourite followed by the regular Belikin.

  2. Z October 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM #

    Kubuli seems to be getting a lot of market here.

  3. Willow March 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM #

    Any chance they sell any non-alcoholic beers in Belize?

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez March 9, 2014 at 12:57 AM #

      I don’t think so. But you should try the “virgin” cocktails that are made with fresh fruit juices… the pina colada is amazing

    • Margaret July 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

      I didn’t know such a thing exists lol.


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