Boil and bubble, toil and trouble…it looks like Belikin Beer has been brewing up something new! The brewing company of Belize has seasonal hits Sorrel Stout and Chocolate Stout, and this October, they’re running with the Octoberfest idea with their newest creation, the Black and Tan.

By definition, a Black and Tan is a combination of a pale beer and a dark beer, with the pale ale poured first in a tall pint glass. The darker beer or stout is then poured carefully using an upside down tablespoon to prevent splashing and mixing of the beers. The end result is a layered drink that goes down quite deliciously!

Of course, we’re not expecting a layered drink in the iconic Belikin bottles, but we’re sure the flavor is epic. Pre-sold on October 2nd, the limited-edition beers made their long-awaited arrival to the island’s refrigerators by late Wednesday evening (something about island living, shipping via barge, etc. etc. etc.) You’d best believe we were running to grab a couple bottles to test out for ourselves – you know, for research purposes!

The verdict:

Rich – each mouthful feels decadent, the right mix of sweet and bitter that then transitions to smooth and velvety. I drank straight from the bottle, but can imagine what the experience would be like if I were to pour a super-chilled bottle into a frosty mug. (For research purposes, of course, we tried it that way and loved it just as much.)

Having tasted IPAs and other craft beers, I felt like this one could fit right in on tap in the Rocky Mountains. It’s not Moose Drool or Samuel Smith’s, but the nutty flavor fits right in for the season in Belize. To be fair, anything stronger or darker would be overkill. This mix is a happy medium that I’m stocking up on.

Mike at Caprice Bar inside the Holiday Hotel is happy to mix you a black and tan!

The Belikin Black and Tan is only available in October, so be sure to drink them nice and chill while supplies last! If you can’t find a bottle or you’re in Belize a little too late, convince your favorite bartender to mix a Belikin Beer and Stout for you in a frosty pint glass. You won’t be sorry!

Happy Oktobeer Fest 2018, from all of us at My Beautiful Belize!

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About the Author: Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez writes under the pseudonym 'Tia Chocolate'. Tia Chocolate enjoys writing short stories that focus on her life growing up in the small Maya village of San Antonio, Cayo District, Belize.
Tia loves (and we mean LOVE) eating and writing about her food experiences, often times trying out new recipes to try and recreate the foods of her memories. She also loves to travel, indulging in the culture wherever she is privy to visit.
She is slave to a giant cat named Kitty Boo Boo, and her cooking exploits are enjoyed by her significant other, Pookie.

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