Jamaica Beer

Today in 1962, Jamaica gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.


Jamaica Breweries

Jamaica Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.035% or 0.08%


  • Full Name: Jamaica
  • Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba
  • Government Type: Constitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
  • Language: English, English patois
  • Religion(s): Protestant 62.5% (Seventh-Day Adventist 10.8%, Pentecostal 9.5%, Other Church of God 8.3%, Baptist 7.2%, New Testament Church of God 6.3%, Church of God in Jamaica 4.8%, Church of God of Prophecy 4.3%, Anglican 3.6%, other Christian 7.7%), Roman Catholic 2.6%, other or unspecified 14.2%, none 20.9%
  • Capital: Kingston
  • Population: 2,889,187; 139th
  • Area: 10,991 sq km, 168th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Connecticut
  • National Food: Ackee and Saltfish
  • National Symbols: Green-and-black Streamertail; Lignum vitae; Blue Mahoe
  • Affiliations: UN, Commonwealth, OAS
  • Independence: From the UK, August 6, 1962


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy)
  • BAC: 0.035%
  • Number of Breweries: 2


  • How to Say “Beer”: beer
  • How to Order a Beer: one beer, please
  • How to Say “Cheers”: cheers
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 42%
  • Wine: 3%
  • Spirits: 52%
  • Other: 2%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 3.50
  • Unrecorded: 1.50
  • Total: 5.00
  • Beer: 1.49

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 3.5 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18 (to purchase); None (to drink)
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 2

Prohibition: None


Red Stripe Sound Sculpture

This is kind of fun, and certainly an interesting way to reuse discarded beer cans. Red Stripe is apparently launching a marketing campaign under the banner “Make with a Red Stripe” and this is the first one. Below is the description from YouTube and the video itself is below here. And a hat tip to Adam for the link.

Make Something from Nothing, the first of a series of cultural projects called ‘Make with a Red Stripe’, features a unique sound sculpture created by sound artist Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with DJ Al Fingers, singer/songwriter Gappy Ranks and designer Matthew Kneebone.

The 2.5 metre high, fully functioning sound sculpture is made using thousands of recycled Red Stripe beer cans partly collected at this year’s Notting Hill carnival. The project celebrates the DIY culture of the brand’s Jamaican roots, with Reggae, Dub and Jamaican music influences as well.

Make Something From Nothing debuts on 16th November with an exclusive launch party at Village Underground. Visit Facebook for more information.