Discover the rich history of Presidente Beer, a beloved Dominican Republic brewery founded in 1929 by the visionary American entrepreneur, Charles Wanzer. Originally brewing a darker beer, it wasn’t until the 1960s that Presidente Beer transformed into the refreshing pilsner that so many people enjoy today. In fact, local enthusiasts, like the joyful taxi driver I encountered, can’t help but rave about this amazing brew. Whether you’re lounging by the beach or in any other situation, a sip of Presidente Beer is like a cool breeze on a hot day.
Where did the name come from?
Named after the influential El Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo in the early 30s, Presidente Beer became a symbol of Dominican pride. Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic for 30 years until his assassination in 1961.
When it comes to sizing, Presidente Beer offers three options to suit your taste and occasion: small (12oz), large (19oz), and jumbo (33oz). As an Englishman, I typically find the large size to be the perfect fit, matching the volume of a pint at 16 fluid oz.
Today, Presidente Beer is expertly crafted by Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (CND) across multiple breweries in the Dominican Republic. Its popularity extends beyond its homeland, as it is exported worldwide to Europe, North America, and numerous other destinations.
The beer itself is available in two strengths: Presidente (5.0% ABV) and Presidente Light (4.3% ABV). In this tropical heat, the regular version packs a flavorful punch. To ensure a more enjoyable drinking session the following day, I often opt for the light variety.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Stay tuned as I delve into the world of “Mama Juana,” a one-of-a-kind alcoholic beverage exclusive to the Dominican Republic. Made with a blend of rum, red wine, honey, tree bark, and herbs, this intriguing drink is said to have aphrodisiac qualities. Prepare to embark on a truly unique tasting experience.