Cerveza en Mexico

Beer and Mexico are practically synonymous—the light brews at least. The list of big names resonate old-world Hispania and are notorious outside their country of origin—Bohemia, Corona, Dos Equis, Modelo Especial, Negro Modelo, Pacifico, and Tecate.

Long-touted as a haven for the best beers of the world, the educated beer-connoisseur or casual drinking can correct and probably re-direct you to a more appropriate aisle.

But that does not necessarily discount Mexico from the arena of good brews.

There are a few beers with fairly recognizable names that come in a few other strains that are unfamiliar to other countries because, well, they can’t be exported.

• Corona Familiar – Comes in a quart and is stronger than normal corona, carrying a discerning taste that, in my opinion, is a little more inviting than its namesake.

• Corona Cerveca de Barril – Again, much better than regular Corona. A similar, but not too similar, taste to Corona Familiar except sold in smaller, “Mickey” bottles.

• Noche Buena – Made by Dos Equis and only shows its face around the Winter holiday season. Dark, Rich flavor that can not be exported beyond the Mexican border.

Whatever your taste—Pilsner, IPA, Stout, Lager—sampling a beer that has been freshly bottled is unlike an import; the difference is in the taste. Next time you stay in Mexico, take an afternoon to sit back and enjoy a cold one.