Banks Beer: The Beer of Barbados… By Way of Guyana
The unquestioned Beer of Barbados, Banks Beer is as ingrained in local Bajan culture as a source of national pride as Budweiser is here in the USA. As an added bonus, though, Banks actually tastes good too (Bud is crud, just saying).
With all the flag-waving that it engenders, though, it’s interesting to note that Banks Beer is actually the brainchild of a Guyanese entrepreneur. His name: Peter D’Aguiar.
In 1955, the then 43 year-old D’Aguiar founded Banks Breweries Ltd. in what was then known as British Guiana. The company took its name from the brewery’s location on the East Bank of the Demerara River.
Four years later, the enterprising Mr. D’Aguiar unveiled plans for a new Barbados plant. Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. The brewery opened in Barbados in 1961 and the legend was born.
But enough about history; let’s get back to the taste. Here’s what the experts at GreatBrewers.com have to say about Banks:
The premium pilsner style lager is brewed from a pure classic blend of 2-Row British and Australian malted barleys deliciously flavored by Yakima Clusters and the noble Styrian Goldings aroma hops. However it is Barbados’ water, naturally filtered through limestone rock, along with our own special strain of yeast, which give Banks Beer its unique Bajan character and distinctive quality…. An excellent choice with fresh seafood, particularly grilled fish or shrimp.
Mmmm, Banks Beer tastes great here in the States. In the great bars along the St. Lawrence Gap, or anywhere else in Barbados, though, it’s even better!