Friday Happy Hour: Bush Crack, Truly Cheap Bahamian Beer
There’s a new beer in The Bahamas, one that seems perfectly suited to today’s troubled economic times. It’s called Bush Crack, and if a tight travel budget tends to trump your enjoyment of a nice beer buzz while adventuring in the Caribbean, this could be the best brew for you.
I discovered Bush Crack on Green Turtle Cay a few weeks ago, though it’s actually produced in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, by our friends at The Bahamian Brewery. Longtime readers might remember The Bahamian Brewery for its impressive line-up of “Truly Bahamian” beers – Sands, Sands Light, High Rock and Strong Back – each of which I sampled during a summer 2011 visit to their impressive facility.
For years, if you thought of beer and The Bahamas, only one name came to mind: Kalik. Since 2007, though, Bahamian Brewery founder/owner, Jimmy Sands, and Co. have been growing in popularity on the strength of their fine quality products.
Now they’ve gone and created Bush Crack, and… well… hmmm…
I doubt The Bahamian Brewery will need to clear any space in its trophy case for its latest brand any time soon, but when you buy and taste Bush Crack you realize that fancy awards and critical acclaim are beside the point when it comes to this brew.
Bush Crack was introduced last fall, immediately attracting a large following among local Bahamian beer drinkers. According to a November 29, 2011 article in The Nassau Guardian, the initial production run of 1,500+ cases were all pre-sold virtually as the cans were sealed.
There’s one big reason for the strong demand of Bush Crack: economics.
Bush Crack comes in tall-boy 16oz cans priced less than my daily cup of coffee. Again, citing The Guardian:
For a pack of 24 cans… it breaks down to around $1.58 each.
This is one of those rare cases, though, when the old axiom, you get what you pay for, doesn’t necessarily apply.
Bush Crack is (no surprise) your typical light and easy-drinking Caribbean beer. The difference here is the 5.9% alcohol by volume in those big cans. That’s a bit more than comparative light beers, and the second-most booze-filled beer in The Bahamas Brewery line-up – only Strong Back Stout at 7.7% has more. The taste is crisp and clean, with just a tinge of bitterness and none of the funkiness that keeps me away from the likes of Keystone, Natty Ice, Busch Light and the other horrors on this 10 Worst List.
So yeah, Bush Crack is okay by me. Not great, or award-worthy: just okay.
And in a place like The Bahamas, where your travel adventuring can include such pricey endeavors as sportfishing, scuba diving, or chartering a yacht, okay can really be great.