A few weeks back I went to The Reef restaurant on Commercial Drive a tasty Jamaican lunch. A few of my remote coworkers were in town, so it was a special enough occasion to enjoy a midday beer. I was surprised to find a beer I’d never heard of on the beer menu, Dragon Stout. Obviously I had to order this strange brew, not learning of its history until later on. It was robust at 7.5% ABV, also very roasty and chock full of malt sweetness. I found it to be the perfect compliment to my spicy Jamaican lunch. I later learned that Dragon Stout is an export stout, originally brewed by the British for export to warmer climates back in the colonial days. Jamaica was one place that received export stout and the style obviously caught on if it is still being brewed there today. I really enjoyed the export stout, which I found to be more flavorful than a regular dry Irish stout, but much less severe than a Russian Imperial Stout. If you haven’t already, stop in at The Reef for a spicy lunch complimented by a Dragon Stout.