Red Stripe is brewed byDesnoes & Geddes Limited, originally a soft drink manufacturer incorporated on July 31, 1918, by Kingston, Jamaica natives Eugene Peter Desnoes and Thomas Hargreaves Geddes.
I first discovered Red Stripe at a friend’s going away party a few years ago at a small hidden bar called Etro Lounge. They had a small selection available for open bar to the going away party. Red Stripe was one of the drinks available. The fact that it’s been years and I can still remember the first time and place I had a Red Stripe says alot to me about how much I liked this beer.
Red Stripe is a lager that pours a golden straw color with a creamy head that is about 3 fingers deep but dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing that washes down after a few sips. It has the smell of grains, definitely a corn smell and some fairly grassy hops, also a very very light citrus undertone. It has a mildly sweet flavor as it first hits your tongue, but finishes with a great hop flavor that leaves a very mild amount of bitterness. It’s very smooth and has a kind of freshness to it that somehow feels very familiar.
All in all this is a beer I wouldn’t turn down very easily. It has such a great sociability factor that I should give it a whole extra sparkle for that reason alone. If you are like me and enjoying having a wide range of beers around for yourself and your friends you should definitely have this one in your permanent collection. You’ll never be sorry it’s there.