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Location of Origin: PO Box N4936, Clifton Pier, Nassau, Bahamas
Date Established: 1988 As The Producer of Kalik
Category: Subsidiary Contract Brewery (of Heineken International), licensed brewer of various global brands for distribution throughout Bahamas.

Though the Carribean is known more for their Rum, cocktails, and tropical beverages served out of coconuts by people wearing coconuts as suggestive brassieres, that doesn't mean they've completely cast the whole malted, fermented beverage out to sea. Though relegated to the bottom of the Carribean alcohol chain, beer is produced mainly by contracted breweries licensed out by global brands including Guinness, Heineken Pilsner, and of course Bud Light. Among these macrobrewery staples, a few local examples do exist, including Commonwealth Brewery's Kalik product line. Originally formulated by Heineken International (who also started the Commonwealth Brewery), Kalik comes in four varieties: Regular (a 5.00% pale lager), Kalik Lime (4.00%, similar to Bud Light Lime, Kalik Light (4.00%), and Kalik Gold (at 7.00%, an extra strength golden lager). The product line's name originated from the sound made by the cowbells of the annual Bahamian Junkanoo Festival, a large parade based festival which occurs across the archipelago nation on every Boxing Day. The festival celebrates the end of the enslavement of Africans during the 16th and 17th centuries, who were able to see their families on one day after Christmas (Boxing Day). To cater towards tourists, this beer is marketed as a true Bahamian brew, despite its creators being Dutch. Our recommendation: just stick with the Ron Ricardo...

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3-18-08 - Kalik - 2.42, Lager, 5.00%
Kalik is a light, grainy and slightly malty flavored pale lager which leaves very little to the imagination. This beer pours fairly choppy with a good amount of carbonation action, a tall, longer lasting foam head, and a pale, golden color which shines in the light. No lacing occurs on the glass. As you would imagine, this is a light bodied, low viscosity beer with a high level of carbonation, a short lived, dry finish with a bit of grainy aftertaste. Overall, there is a grassy and slightly hoppy aroma with some very subtle pale malt detectable. Definitely a summer beer, with refreshing, crisp, and light character, and if you're kicking it back on Paradise Island, of course grab a pint of this native brew. Otherwise, we'd rather not recommend it for the discernable lager fan.