Unique beers with a Mexican style
*Cracks open a cold one*
Firstly, we all agree that beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Its origin dates back to the Middle East and was popularized in Europe many centuries ago, but in Mexico, we transformed it to make it part of our own unique culture. Trying to mix the local ingredients with the essence of Mexican crops is how the Mexican beers were born.
A sip of beer and a sip of history
Along with the arrival of the Spanish in America, came the first beer barrels. For example, in the year 1542, the Spanish emperor Carlos V granted the first permission for its production to Alonso Herrera. That first little beer store was located in what is now Amecameca in Estado de México and used water from the volcanoes to make its recipe.
Its popularity grew during the 18th century and reached its peak with industrialization during the 19th century thanks to the trains traveling from Texas to Mexico City. With the ease of transporting raw materials, towards the end of the 1800s, many Mexican breweries began to emerge throughout the country. In other words, “Mexican beers started to grow like beer foam”.
The first Mexican brewery established in Mexico City was La Pila Seca back in 1845.
Do you have a favorite beer style?
Following on the beer topic, you may know that there are many styles of this beverage. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a brief guide with the most popular beer styles you can find in stores and restaurants.
The culture of Mexican craft beers
That’s very artsy of you, México! We love art and we love crafts. Especially, if we’re talking about food and drinks.
Crafted beers are those that do not contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, or antioxidants. Everything is natural! The processes and choice of ingredients are done carefully by hand. Each brewmaster has his own formula which will be the hallmark and distinctive flavor. Also, they are made in small batches without pasteurization (retaining their natural properties) and with little to no filtration processes.
Mexican craft beers have been booming and growing in popularity for the last 15 years. Unique recipes along with creativity have given us Mexican beers that are worth trying.
Here are some of them:
Made in the magical town of San Miguel de Allende. As its name implies, this one, in particular, has smoked agave (yes, where tequila comes from) that is combined with some citrus fruits and smoked flavors. It belongs to the Lager style.
A very dark Stout beer. It is made with extracts of cocoa beans and has a slightly bitter taste; however, it makes a perfect combo with many desserts.
MINERVA DIOSA BLANCA
This one is a very refreshing and light beer made with wheat. Also, a perfect pairing to exquisite seafood. It can be distinguished by its herbal and citric flavors.
RAMURI LAGRIMAS NEGRAS
You can translate its name to “black tears”. A very dark Stout beer, but with not a strong or bitter taste. Also, very creamy. An interesting mix of malt, oat, and roasted cacao beans. Ramuri is a brewery located in Tijuana.
HERCULES SUPER LUPE
A frothy delicious IPA-style beer. Of golden colors, bitter and aromatic scents. Not much to say but to taste it!
WENDLANT PERRO DEL MAL
Don’t let the “evil dog” name scare you away. This is an IPA beer with multiple awards in México!
CRU CRU GOSE
Have you ever heard that in some places in Mexico we use worm and cricket salts? Well, this is one ingredient for this very original beer.
A Guadalajara-based brewery born in 2015. Paraíso is an ALE-style beer. It is characterized by using seasonal fruits.
From Riviera Maya to the world! This Lager fresh beer has a unique flavor, just like its original process consisting of the use of rainwater.
Our craft beer tour of Mexico ends here.
To summarize, Mexican beers are delicious and now you have many more options to try! In addition, you will be supporting local and small craft businesses. Of course, never putting aside our most popular Mexican beers, those that are the perfect company for a sunny afternoon with friends.
Remember that the best beer is the one that you are holding at the moment!
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