My last post on the state of Roatan health care and the incredible work being done by the people of Clinica Esperanza was a heavy topic, so let's follow it up with a deep and meaningful discussion of... what else - beer!
Roatan Vacation Beer Options
When you visit Roatan, you will find four "local" beer options:
- Port Royal
- Salva Vida
All four beers are the product of Cerveceria Hondureña, owned by global brewing giant (SABMiller). While all four are technically pale lagers and alchohol by volume varies only modestly from Barena (at 4.6%) to Imperial (5%), the brands are positioned quite differently by the brewer.
Brand Positioning From the Brewer's Website
Barena: This cold-filtered lager has a great taste and is easy-to-drink. Barena is a beer with moderate alcohol level, sensitive body and a refined and characteristic type of bitterness in which no ingredient dominates the others. Malt sweetness, hop bitterness, flavor and aroma are very light.
Imperial: Imperial® is a beer with tradition, which has been brewed to a classic recipe since 1930. Intense flavor, thanks to defined body and its 5% alcohol content combined in perfect harmony with a pleasant bitterness. Characterized, by its European style, Imperial's flavor is the perfect match with traditional Honduran spicy snacks.
Port Royal: Produced since 1984, Port Royal is a premium beer, ideal for special occasions and offering a great taste to discerning beer drinkers. Crisp and hoppy and very refreshing.
Salva Vida: SalvaVida® has been the Hondurans’ leading brand since 1916. Its positioning is around bringing friends together for the most fun moments with a perfectly balanced flavor.
The Official Beer of Coral Vista Roatan Vacation Rental Is...
So there you have it: four beers from the same brewer, of the same type, with similar alchohol content, all marketed differently. So how do you choose the "best" one? Well, we did it the old-fashioned way... sort of. We put it to a vote... on Facebook. We asked the roughly 200 "fans" on our Facebook page to name their favorite of the four. A couple of people commented on our page. Most sent direct messages to our account. After a week of intense voting, and arguing, along with a small amount of name calling a little bit of taunting, we have a winner...
Salva Vida - since 1916, the "Life Saver" and National Beer of Honduras is now The Official Beer of Coral Vista Villas. We have alerted the brewer about this momentous award but, as of press time, we're still waiting for a reply.
While we wait, why don't you come on down to Roatan and choose for yourself? In fact, when you stay at Coral Vista, our concierge service will be happy to stock the fridge to your specifications before your arrival. So just send us a shopping list, and when you walk in the door, a cold one (or all four) will be waiting. You be the judge!