I’m thinking Friday afternoon is the perfect time to unleash BGX weekly – and so, in such fashion – here’s episode 5, in which I quaff a pale lager from Trinidad and Tobago.
It’s not particularly refined, but any lager is good lager on a hot sunny day.
Hello, this is DrinksAhoy and this… is Beverage Guide Express.
In this episode, we’re covering Carib.
Carib is a pale lager in an American adjunct style – adulterated with sugar during the brewing process.
This style is not normally held in a high regard, but generally suit mass-production: Budweiser is one notable example of the adjunct style.
The Carib brand is also shared by a pilsner, and a stout – and there are a few shandy flavours made from the lager, too.
Carib hails from the Carribean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Venezuela.
The beer was first produced in 1950, and since then has been the flagship brand of its producer – Carib Brewery, based in Champ Fleurs, in Trinidad.
Alcoholic content is 5.2% by volume – moderate by most standards but on the higher end for its style, most likely due to the use of sugar as an adjunct.
As it’s bottled in clear glass, it’s not best suited for export, easily spoiled by light – it would be best served fresh in its native country, ideally on a beach.
The beer is a bright, sunshine yellow in colour, and pours with a substantial head that quickly fades.
Taste is inoffensive where present, with a moderate bitterness offset by a very sweet malt body.
As with most beers of this style, it’s not one that lends itself to subtlety or strong flavour – it’s a beer of refreshment, rather than taste.
However, when served ice cold on a scorching hot day, this golden-yellow carribean lager – will come as a ray of sunshine.
Thanks for watching, and join me next time for another liquid delight.