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We love all things in the realm of food and beverage. So naturally, we were excited to discover two spots that are, quite literally, bringing new ideas to the table here in Grenada: Container Park, and the West Indies Beer Company.

Container Park is a concept straight out of New York City culture, where food festivals and pop-ups featuring inventive food entrepreneurs are all the rage with the hipster set.

Every Friday, ex-pats, sailors, and students from the medical school gather to enjoy a feast of foods cooked by vendors who set up shop inside converted shipping containers. There’s pad thai and tacos. Ramen noodles and poutine. Texas BBQ and pizza. Cocktails with spirits not often seen in these parts and artisanal gelato. Whenever we hunger for a taste of home, Container Park is the answer.

I’m also a bit of a beer snob, and the two standard-bearers in Grenada, Carib and Stag, taste like piss to me (and don’t get me started on Stag’s tagline: “A Man’s Beer”). I’d stopped drinking beer full stop until we discovered the West Indies Beer Co. (their motto, “Island life… just got better” is more to my liking).

The owner fought through sticky governmental red tape and complicated logistics related to importing ingredients and liquor licensing for a brew pub, to bring real beer to Grenada. I’m so happy that he did. In addition brewing a standard selection of IPAs, ESBs, light ales, and ciders, there are always a few experimental brews on tap. It’s a fun place to geek out with friends while sampling the latest iteration on a Belgian tripel or sour beer.

Hipster culture. It’s everywhere, and it’s freaking delicious.

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Not only did the bartender at the Island Fever stand know what a Negroni is, he also had my gin of choice.

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Spring rolls and samosas, beer from the West Indies Beer Co.

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In addition to some vendors who return to the Container Park week after week, some random surprise ones turn up for one night only shows. The lobster tail guy came one Friday and has not been seen since.

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No brew pub would be complete without doggie guests in the seating area. How cute is this little guy? He’s a potcake – the term used to describe the mutts you find in the islands.

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