St. Lucian Beers

I’ve neglected this site for far too long.  One of the reasons for the absence was an amazing trip to the beautiful island of St. Lucia.  A fantastic trip full of incredible views, delicious food, cold beer, and abundant adjectives apparently.  For the purposes of this site, let’s focus on the beer. 

Whenever I plan a trip to a place I’ve never been, the first thing I do is check google to see if there are any craft breweries within a reasonable distance to where I’m going.  In St. Lucia, I didn’t expect to find any, so I was shocked to see there is actually one craft brewery on the entire island: Antillia Brewing.  More on Antillia in a minute.  First, let’s talk about Piton.

Piton is, at least in my experience, the prominent Beer in St. Lucia.  While it is true locals are big into Guinness, of all things, Piton is everywhere you turn.  Brewed by the Windward & Leeward Brewery in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, Piton is a 5% ABV lager that drinks like the lightest beer you’ve ever had….but with flavor.  You can drink a million (or so) Pitons and not feel hammered and sick.  It’s super refreshing and perfect for the climate of St. Lucia.  Granted, take me out of the environment of St. Lucia and give me a Piton and I may feel differently, but down there I enjoyed it and drank a ton of it.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the mass produced lager scene in St. Lucia is Antillia Brewing Company.  Founded by Canadians Greg Potten and Andrew Hashley, Antillia Brewing is currently the only true craft brewery in St. Lucia.  Luckily, Antillia’s beers are very tasty. I took a visit to their beer garden at Pointe Seraphine and had an opportunity to try their four year round beers: a golden wheat, pale ale, stout, and passion fruit ale.  The passion fruit, for me, was far and away the best of the bunch.  An easy drinking, refreshing ale, with a ton of passion fruit flavor.  I liked it so much I bought a bottle and packed it in my suitcase for the flight home.  The bottle made it home safe by the way, along with a bottle of their IPA that I wasn’t able to try called Naked Fisherman.  As for the other three beers Antillia offers, I’ll admit to feeling like I was in bizarro world.  What I mean by that is I’m admittedly not a stout guy but I loved the stout and thought it was their second best beer.  Conversely I am very much a wheat guy but thought their wheat was my least favorite of the four; still very good but something about it wasn’t clicking for me.  Antillia’s pale ale was a pale ale and pale ales can do no wrong (mostly).

I’m the first to admit that my views of the beers I consumed in St. Lucia may have been tainted based on the mere fact I was in St. Lucia, but I enjoyed everything I had.  Even the Heineken down there tastes better, which could be because it’s brewed fresh in St. Lucia by Windward & Leeward just like Piton.  Would I still be thinking about and dying for a Piton if the US is the first place I had ever had it? Probably not.  Would Antillia Brewing’s beers have resonated with me as much as they did if they were from one of the thousands of American craft breweries? Who knows.  Point is: I can’t recommend St. Lucia enough.  The food, culture, rum, and even beer has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.  What are you still doing here?  Go buy a ticket!

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