Have You Tried The 3 Famous Belikin Beers?

Belikin beerThe leading locally produced beer in Belize, Belikin Beer is brewed by the Bowen family. The company was established in 1969 and started brewing Belikin Beer and the Belikin Stout brand name in 1971 with the tagline “The Beer of Belize.” The name “Belikin” was derived from the Mayan language that means “Road to the East”. The Belikin label features a drawing of a Pre-Columbian Maya temple-pyramid at Altun Ha.

Belikin Beer In Belize

The most common Belikin Beer is a light lager beer. Stout beer, Belikin Premium and Lighthouse Lager are also brewed and sold under the name of Belikin. Their brewery is based in Ladyville, Belize District. If you are looking for other flavors to spice up your drinking nights in this Caribbean country, here are three flavors that you need to try out.

3 Famous Beers Of Belikin

1.    Chocolate Stout – Developed by ancient Mayan thousands of years ago, this drink is cultivated and handed down from one generation to the next. When it was perfected by the Belize Brewing company, it gave birth to the Belikin Chocolate Stout. This exceptional craft beer comes with a modern carbonation of a rich and creamy flavor that is both velvety and chocolate-y with just the right hints of rum and vanilla. The Belikin Chocolate Stout was introduced by Nolan Michael in honor of the month of chocolate celebrations as part of the Cocoa Festival in Punta Gorda south of Belize.

2.    Verano Beer – Imagine if you can bottle all the light, enchantment and whimsy of summer; the Belize Brewing Company did exactly this with their summer offering which is the season Verano craft beer. It has a bright golden sunrise color and a light citrus aroma. This drink sublimely combines an orange tartness with a subtle sweetness for an extraordinary and refreshing taste experience. This beer owns its unique appeal to the lager fermentation process that imparts a melody of tropical fruit notes. This is combined with orange peel and exotic spices like the rare wheat malt from renowned Breiess Malting. All these flavors beautifully combine together to create a clean-finishing and thirst-quenching beer that is perfect for warm summer days.

3.    Sorrel Stout – This holiday season; open something really special with the Belikin Brewery’s exclusive Sorrel Stout. Handcrafted using traditional sorrel, this Belizean favorite brings that much needed extra cheer to the spirit of the holidays. This is nicely aged and balanced Stout that is blended with specialty malts and carefully picked German hops, bringing together local Caribbean heritage, color and flavor. With this drink, you can enjoy the magic of the season with a delicious Sorrel Stout.

Grab An Iced-cold Belikin Beer When You Visit Belize

Indeed, one of the best things about Belize is its Belikin Beers. With all its available flavors, you will never get tired of having your daily fix of this wonderful and refreshing beverage. If you happen to have a vacation in Belize, you definitely have to try Belikin Beers!

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Why You Should Travel in Belize: Top Tourist Attractions

The top tourist attractions as you travel in Belize

top tourist attractions in BelizeTravel in Belize and see a country with exotic wildlife, cave formations, coral reefs, tropical beaches, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. From the Belize drive resorts and ancient temple ruins, you would not believe that such a beautiful place exists in your midst. Read on and know what makes Belize island one of the top destinations in Central America.

Great Blue Hole

This is the most popular dive destination in the island of Belize. The Great Blue Hole offers so many interesting limestone formations that mold its walls. Underwater near the Lighthouse Reef is a gigantic sinkhole that creates a perfect circle of deep blue water. The deeper one dives into the Great Blue Hole, giving breath-taking scenery of limestone formations and stalactites become more complex and intense.

Caye Caulker

This is a coral island found on the Caribbean Sea, only accessed by a small plane or high-speed water taxi. In the recent years, the island has grown very popular among tourists and backpackers because of its lad back vibe, cheap prices, and abundance of bars and restaurants. The main transport to this area is walking. With its well-defined paths, crossing the island should only take about 20 minutes. Golf carts and bicycles are available in the area for rent.

Caracol

The largest Maya site in Belize, Caracol sits high on the Vaca Plateau at 500 meters above sea level. This used to be one of the biggest ancient Maya cities, covering about 168 square kilometers. It peaked at around 650 AD with an estimated population of about 150,000. The largest pyramid in Caracol is Canaa. At 43 meters, this remains the tallest man-made structure in the island up until today.

Placencia

Placencia is a famous peninsula found south of Belize. This is home to the best mainland beaches as well as the most amazing offshore coral caves. East of the Placencia Peninsula is a long expanse of white sand beach, white its western side features a narrow and long bay. The lovely beaches combined with abundant and expensive accommodation makes it a great place to relax and unwind.

Lamanai

Located north of Belize, Lamanai used to a Maya city and its ancient ruins are not yet completely uncovered. Much of its archaeological work concentrates on the investigation and restoration of its bigger structures like the 33-meter tall High Temple. Lamanai, literally translating to “submerged crocodile”, was still occupied by Mayans when the Spanish arrived and is one of the few Mayan sites that retained its traditional name.

Ambergris Caye

This is the largest of a few hundred caves found in the northernmost waters of Belize. It is a top tourist destination in the country, with its lack of big city traffic and high-rise hotels contributing to its relaxed and laid-back feel. People can get around the place just by walking. There are quality hotels in the town and resorts are just less than half a mile from the town of San Pedro. Travelers can rent golf carts and bicycles as a form of transportation.

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Belikin Beer History

The ancient Egyptians knew how to do it. Two thousand years ago African tribesmen brewed their own. In the U.S. in the 1930’s and ’40’s people commonly made batches of beer in their cellars that was supposed to be used for home consumption, only. Today, micro-breweries are springing up in homes all over the world as people log on to the Internet for the wealth of information on making home-made beer.

Beer has been a part of nearly every culture in the world but that doesn’t mean local beer always tastes good. Here in Belize beer does taste good, thanks to the efforts of   Belize Brewing Company, Ltd.

Kevin Bowen, the third generation of a family of bottlers, showed me around Belize Brewing Company’s modern plant in Ladyville. The plant’s grounds also house Belize’s Coca Cola bottling plant as well as the Crystal Water bottling facility. Kevin’s grandfather started Crystal Bottling Works and his father, Barry, began brewing Belikin in 1971.

To make sure he was getting a quality product, Barry Bowen hired a brewmaster from Germany and all of the equipment came from Germany as well. Reinhard Häpp, brewmaster at Belize Brewing Company oversees a scientific process designed to make sure that Belikin beer is consistently good; each batch as good as those that preceded it. His domain is that of gleaming copper and stainless steel vats used to process Belikin, Belize’s beer.

Although beer is relatively easy to make, the many steps in the brewing process allow for changes in taste that reflect the society that makes it. In Asia, the malt is made from rice, while in other parts of the world ginger roots and even spruce pine are used. Since Belikin is made like beers from Germany, all of the ingredients are imported except for the sugar and the water.

My tour of the plant began in the malt room where the grist of imported grain is mixed with water and fed into the mash tun. Enzymes begin to convert the starches of the grain to sugar before the mixture goes to the lauter tun, a huge filter that separates the grain from the liquid. The liquid then goes to the kettle where the hops are added and the heat kills the enzymes, stopping their reactions with the starches. The liquid is then cooled with both regular water and chilled water and goes into fermentation tanks where it is held at 50 degrees Fahrenheit for about a week. What is now “green beer” is then stored in the aging room for two to three weeks before going to a filtering room where it is filtered once again. At this stage the beer is sent to the “bright beer” tanks. It then enters the bottling process after being filtered once again and having carbonation added.

Belikin beer’s recycled bottles have an average life of ten fillings. It’s little wonder that their life span is short. After a separation and inspection process, the bottles and the kegs for the draft beer are washed with a caustic soda solution that guarantees that each container is spotless. The bottles speed along a conveyor system where they are filled, capped, inspected and then date coded as they come off the line. As a last step of the brewing process, the bottles are then heated to pasteurize the beer and give it a longer shelf life.

When the sun is beating down on Ambergris Caye thirsty tourists want beer and they want beer that tastes good. That is why in Belize, when people ask for beer, they mean Belikin.

Taken from an article by Dennis Wolfe

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