Caribbean Beer

Cayman Brewing Company:
Ironshore Bock
Cay Brew
White Tip Lager

Tasting: May 1 – 5, 2012
Style: Lager, Bock

Caribbean Beer

The Caribbean is a hot and muggy place. The thick sticky air hits you the second you step off the plane and you immediately regret wearing those heavy jeans and long sleeves. I love arriving in Grand Cayman. You walk across the hot tarmac to the sounds of a steel drum band welcoming you to the island. All your cares evaporate with the melody. Last week, was our fourth time to Grand Cayman – but our first with our kids. Our last trip, my wife was pregnant with our first son. We both had the notion that once our kids were old enough to enjoy and remember it — that we would make the trip. We both envisioned seeing our kids play in the shallows of our favorite spot in the world — Rum Point.

Since they drive on the left side of the road and the road trips are fairly long – we kept our adult beverages to mostly to nights at our hotel area. Beer in the caribbean is meant to refresh on such hot and muggy days — so the beer shelves are filled with “lawn mower” beer. There are staples like Heineken, Red Stripe, Corona and Carib. On our drive to Rum Point, we used to pass by Stingray Brewery, but we were surprised to come across a new brewery at that site — Cayman Brewing Company.

Ironstone Bock, White Tip Lager, Cay beer

Here’s a portion of their lineup — Ironshore Bock, Cay Brew and White Tip. I’ll note that the White Tip Lager at one time was a limited release, but they’ve added it to their year round offerings. I didn’t bring my computer with me – so, my tasting notes are purely from memory. Both the White Tip and Cay Brew were refreshing on what was a very hot and humid day. Less hops than even an American lager – grain forward. I’ll put them both at 80. The one that stood out slightly more than the others was the Ironshore Bock — subtle malt, 7% ABV, but still quite refreshing on a hot day. I’ll put that at 82 points.

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