Big City Brewing Company Ltd. - Jamaica Stout
- ABV: 7.60%
- Serving Temperature: 50-55°F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Snifter
You’ve likely heard of, or perhaps even sampled, the Jamaican brew “Red Stripe.” While such an adjunct lager (brewed with a heavy percentage of non-barley “adjuncts” like rice or corn) is certainly not the kind of beer you’re going to receive in the beer club, it’s actually fairly drinkable on a hot day, offering the kind of flavor profile one might find refreshing in the tropical Caribbean climate. Interestingly, though, it’s not uncommon among island nations in the Caribbean and elsewhere to feature a large number of higher alcohol stouts in their lineup of available brews, as well.
When you think about Jamaica’s warm tropical climate, you might think it odd that the locals would choose a big, thick, high ABV stout as a thirst quencher. How would that be refreshing? While it’s probably not the first thing most folks would reach for right after a long, hot, day’s work, strong beers are not an uncommon sight in this region home to masses of rum drinkers. And, in some ways the sweeter and more malty flavors present in these stronger tropical stouts can make them a more quenching option than the dry stouts more common in Europe. It’s likely that in no other place is the old beer myth of “darker means stronger” actually more apt to be true than in the Caribbean.
It’s certainly true among the beers of Big City Brewing Company, located in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1994, the founders set out to create a local beer consisting wholly of local produce, and in 1999 they acquired a sizeable brewing facility downtown along with top-of-the-line equipment from Germany, Italy, and the United States. Although foreign-owned brewing companies have been in operation in Jamaica for more than a century, Big City is proud to stand as the only current Jamaican brewery owned and run by Jamaicans.
For more information about the brewery, visit their website at www.bigcitybrewing.com.
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