Traveling is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of a new destination – specifically when it comes to local food and drink. Why not step outside your comfort zone, try something new and drink what the locals drink? We’re drinking beer and giving cheers to this list of sips and tips and encourage you to try these 10 local beers while traveling.
Try These 10 Local Beers While Traveling
Food and drink are an important part of my traveling itinerary. I devote as much time to planning my bites and sips as I do planning my stops at the hottest sites and tourist spots. I’m a beer loving Traveling Mom and I have curated some of my recent favorites and encourage you to try these 10 local beers while traveling and drink like a local! Get ready to learn about some new beers, biers, bieres and cervezas and celebrate International travel with a beer in your hand.
1. Cerveza Pacifico Clara (Mexico)
Known to the locals of Mazatlan as simply Pacifico, this Mexican pilsner-style beer is meant to be light and refreshing when battling the hot Mexico temperatures.
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2. Red Stripe Jamaican Lager (Jamaica)
Red Stripe is an ideal beverage to accompany your charred meat and Jamaican Jerk dishes. Here, Luxe Traveling Mom Dana Zucker enjoyed her Red Stripe with a cheese and cracker platter along with a beautiful view.
3. Tsingtao Ultra Draft (China)
If you are in China, order this country’s most popular beer with your lunch for about $4 (US dollars). What a steal!
4. Guinness Draught (Ireland)
The Guinness of Dublin is unlike what we enjoy in the States; even if you are not a fan of Guinness, I encourage you to give it a try and see if it tastes different to you. Plus, you can have some fun pouring your own beer like I did.
5. Leo (Thailand)
After an 18-hour flight to Thailand I arrived wanting three things: a shower, a good meal and a cold beer. I achieved two out of three at a local restaurant where I dined on fresh, cooked fish and the delicious taste of Leo Beer.
6. Barena Cerveza (Honduras)
Barena Cerveza is the official beer of the mainland. It’s light and refreshing with a mild well-balanced body. My friend Angela shared this picture from a recent trip to Honduras, complete with a gorgeous view and sunny skies.
7. Balashi (Aruba)
Since honeymooning in Aruba in 2001, I have loved Aruba’s only local beer, Balashi. If you find yourself in Aruba and want an insider look into Balashi, consider taking a tour of the brewery where you can experience the beer’s production firsthand. The Balashi Beer Tour runs from Monday through Friday and costs about $6 (US dollars) and includes one drink (kids under 12 free).
8. Belikin (Belize)
Belikin is the leading beer brand of Belize and includes about 9 varieties of beer. Fellow beer-drinking TravelingMom Dana shared a picture of her Belikins complete with a view of the rainforests at Belcampo Belize.
9. Carib (St. Maarten)
Carib is technically the official beer of Trinidad and Tabago, but it is the second most popular beer in St. Maarten. During my 7 day/6 night Caribbean cruise we stopped in St. Maarten for part of the day. On a water taxi ride in St. Maarten I asked the driver for a bottle of their most local beer and he handed me a Carib. It is the oldest of the Caribbean beers.
10. Magna (Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rico has two local beers, Medalla and the brand new Magna. Magna hit the beer scenes of Puerto Rico in 2011.
If you were to curate your own list of local beers, which of your favorites would make the list? Are you traveling soon? Embrace your destination’s local brews and create your very own 10 Local Beers While Traveling list. Be sure to share it with me so I can give them a try too.