One of the best things about Miami, maybe THE best thing is variety. And by that of course we mean that many different, obscure, flat-out strange soda cans line our grocery store shelves. Most of these beverages have Hispanic and Caribbean roots. As a public service to those of us who never heard of Coco Solo, Jupiña, Ironbeer, and a multitude of others we're starting a weekly post on some of these beverages you won't easily find in middle America.
Not to be confused with its more popular brethren Ironbeer, this is like sugar-infused with carbonation. Actually, you can taste some cherry and orange flavors before you teeth begin to disintegrate (we kid).
It's bottled by Cawy -- the unofficial king of Cuban soft drinks in Miami. The firm's website describes Quinabeer as "pleasant tasting [and] cold, exhibiting a unique refreshing midrange blend of orange and cherry." Huh? You probably shouldn't ask too many questions before drinking Quinabeer.
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We have to give props for the bottle design. Champion George Prince, a muscle man from an era long past, adorns the cans. He's also on another Cawy product, Champ's Cola. Apparently, George is a real character, not some mythical body builder. Good luck finding out too much about him though. A call to Cawy didn't get us too far -- no marketing department. They transferred around until we left a message on what we can only assume was George Prince's voice mail.