Red Stripe Lager
A refreshing beer should lift your spirits, and that's exactly why you should reach for a bottle of Red Stripe Lager. It's brewed with enthusiastic joy in Jamaica and is marketed as a happy beer designed to put a smile on faces around the world. This peppy Amber Lager was originally brewed in 1928 and is now produced and distributed by a subsidiary of Heineken. It wasn't released in cans until 2014 but is now available in cans and bottles in Jamaica, the United States, and a few additional countries.
This is a full-bodied beer that keeps the alcohol light. Load your cooler with cans and head off to the beach, or pass around the bottles at your next big celebration. The beer is smooth and refreshing, and it delivers that crisp finish that you would expect from any beer connected to the Heineken brand. Get ready for the light golden color and a small head of white foam. The recipe includes Pilsen malts, Cassava starch, water and an unspecified variety of hops. The malts come through in the aroma, and the flavor should remind you of rich butterscotch candy.
This is a highly drinkable beer that you may want to keep on hand for every day enjoyment, but don't forget to stock up when you have company. There's nothing like adding a little Jamaican happiness to a dinner party or any social gathering.
When Modelo Especial was first brewed in 1925, it was intended to represent Mexican perfection. It was marketed as the model for pilsner-style lagers from Mexico and is now one of the country's most popular alcoholic beverages. In 1990, it was introduced to the United States and quickly became one of the top imported beers. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, this is the type of light beer that will turn an ordinary day into a party. In fact, if you go to a party in Mexico, you're likely to see cans and bottles of Modelo everywhere.
This is a crisp beer that pours into your glass a deep golden color with a satisfying head of creamy foam. The taste is light and goes down smooth, but it contains a splash of hops to give the flavor profile some character. Modelo Especial is best known for its aroma, which delivers sweet honey laced with orange blossoms and an herbal undertone.
This is the type of beer that you sip while relaxing by the pool or that you share with friends and family over burgers from the backyard grill. It's a good-times brew that is light on alcohol and rich with two-row barley malts. A little sweet and a little bitter, and then it leaves you with a refreshing, crisp finish.
If you want to enjoy an authentic Belgian Pilsner, pick up a bottle of Stella Artois. It was originally crafted in 1926 by the Artois Brewery in Belgium and is now produced and distributed by a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch. Many beer enthusiasts consider this one of the most palatable Belgian beers, and it's light enough to keep in stock for every day enjoyment. It looks like golden sunshine in your glass with a heap of bubbling white foam that quickly rises and then falls to a thin ring. If you're lucky, you might see a bit of lacing resting along the edges of your glass as well.
The hops may grab your attention when you first catch a whiff of Stella Artois, but it's the malty sweetness that really stands out in the flavor. That honey-sweet quality is well balanced with strong grain flavors and a touch of pepper. With light carbonation, the beer delivers a crisp, refreshing finish that makes you want to treat every day like a summer day. This is the type of beer that you load into the cooler for a picnic or a day on the lake, but it's also a treat that you can kick back with at home or when celebrating with loved ones. It's also a glimpse of how an authentic Belgian lager should taste.
Guinness & Co. - Rye Pale Ale
Rye Pale Ale is marketed by Guinness, but it was originally crafted by the Open Gate Brewery as an in-house holiday gift. When employees, friends and family members raved about the creation, the brewers decided that the world needed to taste this Pale Ale. The recipe features rye grain as the primary ingredient, but the Cascade and Mosaic hops are equally important to the aroma and flavor. You can expect heavy notes of grapefruit and peach on the nose, but the background of pepper promises something a little spicy to come.
When you pour a glass of Guinness Rye Pale Ale, you're greeted by a deep copper liquid with touches of pale amber. Light carbonation provides a slight explosion of bubbles, and ample white foam rises to the top of the glass. As you sip, that foam reduces to a light ring with delicate lacing on the sides of the glass. The hops come forward in the flavor, offering a burst of citrus backed up by an herbal quality. Balance is provided by honey malts and a bit of peppery spice. This is a medium-bodied beer with an ABV of 5 percent. It's light enough to serve as your go-to beer for all-nighters and heavy drinking sessions but also packs the layered flavor that may make you choose to slow down and savor the experience.
Moosehead Breweries - Moosehead Lager
Moosehead Lager is a versatile, light-bodied brew that will pair nicely with virtually any meal and any occasion. Pour your colleagues a round at your next dinner party. Toss burgers on the grill and enjoy a sunny afternoon at the lake with a crisp lager in one hand. Whether you enjoy a few bottles while watching the game with friends or you save it for a night cap with someone special, you can always count on this golden beer to deliver a mouthful of malty sweetness balanced perfectly by bitter hops.
This is the flagship beer from Moosehead Breweries, and it represents to the company's Canadian pride. The recipe includes pure water from Spruce Lake, a proprietary lager yeast and quality malts sourced only from Canada. The well-balanced flavor profile comes from the blend of barley and Two-Row Pale malts and a detailed brewing process that includes cold fermentation. The beer is also cold-aged, so it wasn't surprising when Moosehead Lager stole the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2003. Two years later, it scored another gold medal from the Monde Selection quality awards.
Moosehead Lager is now one of the most popular Canadian beers. With an ABV of five percent and a light, refreshing taste that is easily enjoyed year-round, you can expect to see this lager dominate the beer market for many years to come.
Asahi Breweries - Asahi Super Dry
When Asahi Breweries released their Asahi Super Dry to the Japanese market in 1987, the brewing landscape in Japan was forever changed. Talented, passionate brewers worked closely with farmers and other professionals to source the finest ingredients and perfect every stage of the brewing process. They developed new technology to create a rare yeast that was superior to that of their competitors. They took the time to develop a unique process that would allow their beer to retain its flavor longer, and they put their innovative stamp on the fermentation process as well. The result was a sophisticated brewing process that raised the bar for all breweries in Japan.
The yeast used to create Asahi Super Dry is known as strain number 318. The brewers credit this yeast with adding complexity to the aroma, intensifying the crisp texture and advancing the flavor profile to an unbeatable level. This dry beer also contains far more hops than you will find in many competing Japanese beers. Those hops create an intense bitter experience that many beer enthusiasts find rewarding.
To ensure the finest quality in every batch of Super Dry beer, the brewers maintain a list of 100 specifications that every crop of malted barley must meet. The strict commitment to quality control is one of the reasons that Asahi Super Dry remains one of the most popular Japanese beers today.
Foster's Brewing - Foster's Lager
If you're going to travel the world without parting with your favorite beer, make Foster's Lager your favorite. This brewery was established in Australia more than 130 years ago and is now sold in more than 150 countries. It's a leading import for the American beer market and is prominently featured in restaurants and stores throughout the world. You may pick a can of Foster's brew out of the crowd by identifying their oversized cans. When introduced to the American market in 1972, these cans earned the reputation as "Foster's oil cans" because they closely resemble an oil can.
You may also identify Foster's Lager by the blue bottle label or can. This is a light beer that is best enjoyed in a clear glass. It's an attractive golden brew that pours with a brightness capable of lifting your spirits on a bad day or matching the sunshine in the middle of summer. A head of creamy foam rises to the top of the glass, and you may want to pause to fully appreciate the light aroma. While it's not an intense scent, it does have a sweetness that may put a smile on your face.
Once you take your first sip of this lager, expect the malts to take the lead. Enjoy the subtle sweetness while relaxing any day of the week, and soak up the crisp touch of hops that comes through at the end.