Their meeting was simple enough. One morning, two youngsters came upon each other in the offices of West Indies Mineral and Table Water Company in Kingston, Jamaica. "My name is Thomas Hargreaves Geddes," said the newcomer. The other smiled. "Glad to make your acquaintance! I've been here a bit. I'm Eugene Desnoes."
And so, for the first time, Desnoes and Geddes shook hands. Neither of them could have imagined that this would mark the beginning of an extraordinary partnership. A partnership that has lasted 82 years, and has given the world Red Stripe Lager, The Great Jamaican Beer.
Since these early days, Red Stripe Lager has embodied the long, rich history of Jamaica, its music and DIY culture.
Over the last three-and-a-half decades, the beer has become inherent with good music and a spirit of youthful rebellion. Its association with music was cemented in the UK in the late seventies, by the emergence of reggae, punk and ska.