Tasting: May 1, 2013
Beer #: 460
Hollywood has certainly romanticized pirates and their history in the caribbean. I don’t know… mix someone that’s had too much booze, add a lack of personal hygiene, no integrity and amplify it with a hundred other men with the same affliction and you have my image of pirates. The modern day equivalent? Think of hanging out in the worst bar in the worst part of any city, make a scene dropping a $100 bill in the middle of the floor and you can recreate your own pirate experience. We’ve just returned from Grand Cayman and we took a wrong turn and ended up at official office of the Grand Cayman Pirate Week celebration. It takes place every November and the promotional poster images of the female buccaneers are like sirens drawing the tourists to rocks as the celebration takes place during the latter part of hurricane season. I’m sure it’s a good time and I think I could tolerate the pirates from the posters.
This beer is brewed by the only brewery on Grand Cayman – Cayman Brewing Company (formerly Stingray Brewing). This is a limited edition beer that is brewed for the aforementioned Pirate Week. A few cans lingered at a local liquor store.
As mentioned in previous posts, the humid environment lends itself to light lager beers meant to refresh on the hot islands. This one is no exception and its it is crisp and smooth. However, it has a very nice sweet backbone that makes it stand out in an otherwise boring beer landscape. I wouldn’t mind finding this in my local store, but for now it still requires a trip to the Cayman Islands. I’ll put it at 86 points.