A True Diamond in the Rough

Sri Lanka, a moderately developed nation off the coast of southern India, gained its independence from the the British in 1948. It is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and boasts what was the best performing stock exchange in 2009, when the rest of the world was faltering. Their GDP in 2011 was over $108 billion, driven by tea, tourism, textiles, and others. Beer was not a major industry in Sri Lanka in 2011, nor is it today. But that doesn't mean that the Sri Lankans can't brew a tasty beverage. In fact, out of the beers we've tried from all over the world, Sri Lanka (which of course, doesn't have many rated beers) has the highest average rating for their domestic beers sampled. You might be thinking that this is unfair because when this was written, we only had tried one beer from Sri Lanka ever, but it was at the time, the highest rated beer on our list.

Honestly, not much is known about the beer industry in Sri Lanka. Their main breweries are owned by international brands, and the country is only 47th in the world at less than 2.5 liters per capita a year. Perhaps it's just going to have to take a few more decades for the people of Sri Lanka to realize what kind of treasure they have right under their noses.


Rated Sri Lankan Beers

2-18-11 - Lion Brewery Stout - 4.34, Export Stout, 8.80%

Popular Beer Styles in Sri Lanka

  • Pale Lager
  • Dry Stouts
  • Sri Lankan Breweries with Rated Beer

  • Lion Brewery PLC - Biyagama, Sri Lanka