The second island we stopped at on our ‘Caribbean Beer Adventure‘ was Antigua, named by Christopher Columbus as he sailed past, not even bothering to land by all accounts. Perhaps just as well, the island doesn’t have much fresh water, but did have an aggressive population of ‘Carib’ indians.
The Brits first settled in 1632, and were pretty much in control until it gained independence in 1981. The local beer – Wadadli (the original local name for the island) was first produced in 1993 by the Antigua Brewery Ltd.
Wadadli – Antigua Lager Beer – 4.8% ABV
There’s not much nose to speak of, but a pleasant, well rounded flavour, not too dry, with a satisfying hop ‘bite’.
It’s light and refreshing, with perhaps more flavour than ‘those‘ American beers that we here at The Brew Club dare not name!
My notes suggest that it’s eminently quaffable, both from samples taken in bars in the capital St John’s (hey, it’s a dirty job…) and in bottles taken back on board for objective tasting.
Compared to, say, Presidente from the Dominican Republic, this is closer to a Pilsner, sadly I was unable to try it on draught.
It’s easy to get ‘precious about beers’ (and this is something I studiously try to avoid), but on a hot, sunny Antiguan beach (and Antigua boasts 365 beaches to choose from) this will do very nicely.
If you find yourself on Antigua, don’t bother with the American imports!
Bob the Brit