In late April of 2011 my wife and I decided to take a few days away, our invitation to the Royal Wedding obviously got lost in the post, there were monsoons in India and Sri Lanka, so we flew to Miami and picked up a cruise ship to tour the southern Caribbean.
My next few posts for The Brew Club describe the beers I encountered on the itinerary… enjoy, and I look forward to reading your comments.
Our first stop was the Dominican Republic, which occupies the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola (the western side is, of course Haiti). Samana, the port where our ship docked is under-developed, but I figured I’d find a bar or two to try the local brew.
Presidente – Dominican Republic 5% ABV
Presidente is the best selling beer in the Dominican Republic, brewed since 1935 by the Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (Dominican National Brewery) – as well as their flagship brew they distill local rums (Barceló and Sibone) and distribute Miller Genuine Draft, Miller 64 and Corona, no accounting for taste.
It’s pours, as you might expect, bright and golden with a crisp, pure white head, that leaves lots of lacing.
It has a hoppy nose initially, but that fades quite fast, as I recall the draught I sampled in Samana was hoppier – I suspect the bottled stuff is pasteurised.
Presidente describes itself as a pilsner (in the style of Pilsner Urquell), but it has an underlying sweetness that takes it closer to a ‘Budweis’ style rather than a pilsner. My suspicion is that, given the litigious nature of the brewers of that ‘other’ beer brewed in the ‘Budweis’ style, describing the brew as anything but a pilsner would cause all sorts of problems!
Rating: nothing wrong with this!
Actually one of my better experiences of my brief visit to the Dominican Republic.