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While travelling around Cuba many years ago I became rather fond of their native beer, Bucanero. On my return home I searched high and low for Bucanero, so great was the taste and the quality. Recently I have found Cubanero, which is brewed at the Bucanero Brewery in Cuba. Elsewhere you will be able to purchase Bucanero, but due to trademark difficulties in the UK, it has been rebranded "Cubanero". Another popular native beer in Cuba is Crystal, which seemed more popular in Cuba, but I preferred the taste of Bucanero. A 330ml bottle of Cubanero will cost approximately £1.70. Unfortunately it has not made it into the mainstream supermarkets, but it can be purchased using the internet. I have also found it in a Cuban restaurant in London. I hope it isn't long before the supermarkets discover this delicious beer. The taste of the beer itself is very refreshing. It has a "natural" taste without the chemical aftertastes I encounter when drinking some of the more mainstream beers. It is made with Cuba's finest sugars, and there is definitely a sweetness to the beer, but it is not as overpowering as honeybeers. The beer is best served ice cold and I like to drink it straight from the bottle. The alcohol content is 5.4% which isn't the lightest of beers, but it is very drinkable and I found that drinking quite a few bottles of this beer makes me feel rather merry but not too drunk. This beer is unfortunetly out of stock fairly often, and delivery costs do make it a more expensive beer than many others on the market, but if you are lucky enough to get hold of it I would say it is definately worth the taste.
Brewed at the Bucanero Brewery, Holguin, and sold elsewhere as Bucanero, however due to trademark difficulties it is sold in the UK under the Cubanero Fuerte Label.