What's food without beer? Or no food without beer? I sampled every
county in Central America's national beer(s). I have a theory: if you are drinking beer in
a hot place and the beer is cold, they are about the same, good. As a matter of fact, in Central America they like their beer really COLD. Little tiny ice crystals floating in the beer is commonplace. Peter, our friend from Australia was in heaven. Apparently the beer down under is not so cold.
Countries with hot climates seem to have very similar light lager beers. I
remember the beers of Southeast Asia such as Thailand's Chang, Indonesia's Bintang and Singapore's Tiger. All these places are hot and the beers taste like the beers of Central America. I'm probably missing and forgetting a few but here are the ones we tried and never had to pay much more than a $1 for one. The first beer listed per country was our favorite:
El Salvador: Suprema, Bahia
Guatemala: Gallo, Moza, Victoria
Honduras: *Salva Vida, Port Royal, Barena
Nicaragua: La Victoria, Tona
Costa Rica: **Bavaria, Imperial, Pilsen, Agua Dolce
Panama: Balboa, Atlas, Panama
*Best name hands down, translation: Life Saver. It never saved my life, but I would think there are certain situations where it's possible.
**The only dark(ish) beer we found in Central America and it was tasty.