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Manufacturer Desnoes & Geddes
Alcohol by volume 4.7%
Red Stripe is a Jamaican lager beer whose logo is a bold, diagonal red stripe. It is brewed by Desnoes & Geddes Limited, originally a soft drink manufacturer incorporated on July 31, 1918, by Kingston, Jamaica natives Eugene Peter Desnoes and Thomas Hargreaves Geddes. In its current formulation Red Stripe is 4.7% alcohol by volume.
The first Red Stripe was brewed in the Surrey Brewery in 1928 as an ale that was too heavy to suit local preferences. The current lager formulation was first produced in 1938 from a recipe developed by Paul H. Cotter (the son of founder E. P. Cotter) and Bill Martindale. The modern brewery was opened at Hunt's Bay in 1958.
Beginning in 1976, Red Stripe has been brewed under license in the UK by the Bedford based brewers, Charles Wells and is packaged in 484 mL (17.0 imp fl oz; 16.4 U.S. fl oz) aluminum cans.
In 1985, the brand was first imported to the United States with poor initial results. With an eye towards the success of Heineken, Red Stripe for export was packaged in green standard 12 U.S. fl oz (355 mL; 12.5 imp fl oz). bottles. American consumers exposed to Red Stripe through their travels to Jamaica as well as Jamaican expatriates were reluctant to try the brand in the States since it was not packaged in its distinctive squat brown bottle and painted label. This marketing issue was resolved only to have shipments temporarily suspended in January 1989 due to cannabis smuggling in shipping containers discovered in the Port of Miami. Red Stripe recovered and rode the popularity of dance hall reggae in the early 1990s to well over a million cases of annual distribution. Red Stripe is a significant sponsor of reggae, ska, and other music events, including the annual Reggae Sumfest hosted in Montego Bay.
In 1993, 51 percent ownership in Desnoes & Geddes Limited was purchased by Guinness Brewing Worldwide, now Diageo, an acquisition that has significantly increased the international distribution of Red Stripe and Dragon Stout. A new Red Stripe Light has also been added which is brewed and bottled in Jamaica and imported by Guinness in Stamford, Connecticut.
In 2009, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was invited to the White House to have beers with U.S. President Obama and Cambridge, Mass., police officer Jim Crowley and to discuss their disagreement over Crowley's arrest of Gates two weeks earlier. Gates initially said he would have a Red Stripe, but facing criticism from Boston beer fans, he changed his choice to Sam Adams Light.
Diageo introduced canned Red Stripe, brewed under contract by Moosehead in New Brunswick, Canada,to the United States market in 2009.
In the U.S. in 2010 , the bottling size was reduced from a typical 12 oz. per serving to 11.2 oz. per serving.
A television advertising campaign launched in 2001 features a comedic Jamaican (portrayed by Dorrel Salmon) with variations on the catch phrase, "Hooray, beer!" In the UK, the advertising campaign plays on the 'easy vibe' of Jamaican Beer, with catch phrases such as "easy now."
Red Stripe has been an intermittent sponsor of the Jamaica national bobsled team. Other major sporting sponsorship activities have included a commitment as the Caribbean regional sponsor for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and a J$100 million sponsorship commitment to the Jamaican Football Federation in support of the national team's regional qualifying efforts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In 2007, Red Stripe initiated a campaign in the UK to support new music by sponsoring events such as The Camden Crawl and Great Escape Festival as well as hosting a number of free music events with artists such as The View and The Rifles. Recent work with new bands puts this initiative in direct competition with the likes of Carling as a featured sponsor of the underground music scene. In support of this promotional strategy, the Red Stripe Music Awards have been initiated, with the winner of the award receiving featured billing at two music festivals and the opportunity to tour with a high profile act.
Red Stripe sponsors sports talk television program Pardon the Interruption during the summer months, alternating with Guinness. Also recently Red Stripe began sponsoring the International Festival of Thumb Wrestling held annually in Mason City, Iowa. Red Stripe Vice President of Marketing Randolph Samuelson II was the first black man to win this festival, and it has held a special place in his heart since he broke the color barrier and won the championship in 1971.
Red Stripe Light has also been announced as the official beer category Major Sponsor for the 2010 Zwack Air Hockey World Championships taking place in July 2010 in Houston, Texas.
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This is another easy to drink and easy to forget lager. It seems to be something many lagers from tropical countries have in common that they are lacking depth of flavour and aftertaste even though they are probably brilliant for drinking a hot day in the tropics. Pity i don't live in the tropics...
Colour: clear yellow
Taste: pleasant but watery taste that quickly fades
I rate this beer at 2/5 where 5 is best. Got nothing bad to say about it but it's just so uninteresting...