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Red Stripe Light Coming to the U.S.

Red Stripe Light theme sized Red Stripe Light Coming to the U.S.Red Stripe Light: A Much Better Light Beer than the American Standard

By Matt Goldstein

The world famous Jamaican lager Red Stripe will now make its lesser calorie version, Red Stripe Light, available in the U.S.  First brewed in 1928 as an ale, then switched to a lighter style lager in 1938, Red Stripe is now an international success and one of Jamaica’s crowning economic and cultural achievements.  Red Stripe was first introduced to the United States in 1985, but now the Kingston Jamaica brand will introduce its Red Stripe Light.  Having had many Red Stripe lights in Montego Bay, Trelawney, Ocho Rios and Negril, I can tell you that this is a solid light beer.  It’s much better than the average mainstream American light beers like Miller Lite, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.  Red Stripe Light can certainly hang with light beers such as Amstell Light, Yuengling Light, and Corona Light etc…  If Red Stripe Light were introduced 15 years ago, it might have already taken a share of the premium light beer market.  Hopefully it’s not too late and the beer will stand for itself.

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4 comments to Red Stripe Light Coming to the U.S.

  • Tizzle

    Bolt may be getting soft with notoriety. Anyhow, What’s the calorie differential between the light version of the lager and its notorious orginal?


    Matt goldstein Reply:

    Not 100% sure but the ratio is usually 50-70 calories and .5% to 1% alcohol.


  • Tizzle



    Matt goldstein Reply:

    Speaking of which, did you see Usain Bolt get smoked by Tyson Gay? Shiit wasn’t even close. I didn’t think that dude could compete with Bolt at all. It’s a shame he got hurt before the Olympics.


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