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Cheers To Mexican Beer—¡Viva Cerveza!
Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Beer & Cider

Most people can agree: there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Mexican beer.

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or just relaxing on a warm afternoon, you can’t go wrong with a little cerveza (lime optional).

For over a century, Mexico has produced accessible, session-friendly brews with mass appeal. Known for light lagers, German-influenced pilsners and Viennese-style amber lagers, Mexican breweries are responsible for some of the top-selling beers in the world.

More American brewers are now experimenting with traditional Mexican flavor profiles, incorporating some fun twists and unexpected ingredients. In contrast to the hoppy direction that craft beer has headed over the past decade, these lighter varieties appeal to those who don’t normally drink craft brews.

All right, amigos, let’s crack open some cervezas.

5 Must-Try Mexican Beers

Negra Modelo – This is practically the only dark Mexican beer that you’ll ever find on tap, which speaks to its quality and popularity. Slightly sweet and smoky, Negra Modelo pairs well with food. Or if you’re looking for something lighter but equally high quality, the classic Modelo Especial is always a crowd favorite.

ABV: 5.4%, IBU:16

Bohemia Clásica – A notch above most Mexican brews, Bohemia tastes more like a European pilsner than a typical pale lager from Mexico. Sure, the gold foil packaging is a little annoying to remove, but it’s well worth the trouble. While it’s still relatively light compared to your average pilsner, it’s balanced by a nice hoppiness.
ABV: 4.8%, IBU: 21

Corona Familiar – Now available in 12-oz brown bottles, this classic lager is sold in 6 & 12-packs. This longtime Mexican favorite is just now gaining traction in America. You’ll notice that it’s richer and brighter than the ubiquitous Corona Extra. Enjoy the smooth, crisp taste with a fruity honey aroma and the perfect balance of delicate hops and malt.

ABV: 6%, IBU:10

Dos Equis – One of the most recognizable Mexican beers in the world, this go-to brew goes down like a pilsner with hints of a traditional lager. If you’re feeling something a little darker, try Dos Equis Amber, which features roasted malt, choice hops, and a unique strain of yeast.

ABV: 4.45%, IBU: 10

Sol – Born in 1899, Sol is the original Mexican beer. Light yet flavorful on the palate, Sol is smooth enough to enjoy on its own and also pairs well with a variety of entrees.

ABV: 4.5%

5 Must-Try Mexican-Style Craft Brews

21st Amendment El Sully – The quintessential Mexican-style craft brew, El Sully is a popular adjunct-Pilsner that’s as colorful on the outside as it is on the inside. Enjoy the fruity notes and mellow Pale malts, which are balanced by floral and citrus hops with just a touch of bitterness. Pairs well with fish tacos—best enjoyed by the beach.

ABV: 4.8%, IBU: 13

AleSmith Sublime – A collaboration between AleSmith Brewing and reggae rock legends Sublime, these collectible cans feature the cover art from Sublime’s seminal album “40oz. to Freedom.” This easy drinking Vienna/Mexican-style lager is balanced by subdued hop bitterness—perfect for outdoor concerts and pre-game tailgating.

ABV: 5.2%

Epic Brewing Los Locos – A session beer that pairs well with spicy Mexican dishes, this light and refreshing lager has a hint of corn sweetness, a dash of sea salt and the perfect kick of natural lime juice. It’s made for days when the sun’s out, and there’s something on the grill.

ABV: 5%, IBU:25

Oskar Blues Beerito – A light-bodied amber lager with Mexican attributes and a ton of character, featuring malts sourced from Germany and Colorado. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and remarkably smooth with hints of walnut, toasted bread, plum, honey and cocoa. A slight bite is provided by the accent of Noble Hops.

ABV:4 %, IBU: 21

Anchor Brewing Los Gigantes – Anchor’s second collaboration with the San Francisco Giants, these iconic 16-oz cans feature artwork inspired by the city’s history and diversity. Clean and easy drinking, this Mexican-Style Lager features a light maltiness and crisp, refreshing flavor—the perfect ballpark brew.

ABV: 4.5%