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Introducing Hobbs – the (craft) Beer of Belize

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019. 8:57 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Established seven years ago on Ambergris Caye, the Belize subsidiary of Hobbs Brewery (originally from New Hampshire, USA), now based on the Placencia Road, makes two types of craft beers and is soon bringing out a brand of coffee stout.

And while Belikin remains “The Beer of Belize,” Hobbs begs to differ with another of its original slogans – “The Only Beer Worth Drinking.”

That’s because according to brewmaster Garrick Rodemeyer, the micro-brewery format employed by Hobbs is more hands-on than the traditional, large factory format of the Belize Brewing Company, which allows them to make the beer they want to make, that they hope Belizeans and visitors enjoy.

“For a smaller company like us, a micro-brewery or craft brewery, we actually have hands-on – are actually adding the hops into the kettle, we are mixing the wort, for when we do the mashing, when we’re asked to put the grains in the mash tub, we are doing the transfers, we are moving the hoses around…we are actually able to add in as much hops as we can, we can adjust if we need to, to adjust flavors or if there is a need to add water, adding minerals to the water so that it makes a better beer,” Rodemeyer explains.

The “super-premium” Hobbs craft beer uses grains from Canada, the U.K. and U.S. to produce its two styles of beer – the “dry” Hummingbird Tropical Golden Ale with 4.7% alcohol by volume (ABV), which Rodemeyer says is “drinkable” without too much of the effects of alcohol, and the Wildcat India Pale Ale (IPA) which is 6% ABV and keeps in extra hops in the style of the original, which was transferred that way to keep it stable and lock in the bitter taste, along with extra vitamin B.

The brewery is barely keeping up with demand from around the country, but can afford to be choosy with its “on-sale accounts” – bars, restaurants and high-end convenience stores and supermarkets – as opposed to the typical neighborhood stores.

And its clientele, Rodemeyer told us, is those we described to him as “wanting to drink but not to be seen as drunkards” – young people from the higher end of society, tourists and so on.

So ask for it by name – and enjoy responsibly.

 

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