Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away, and while I will be probably having my fair share of blue agave nectar, commonly known as tequila, it would be hard to imbibe on it for the whole day. So, I’ll need to pepper in a few beers to keep my palate fresh and me on my feet.
You could always go with the usual Corona or Dos Equis for the celebration, that’s expected. But what if you went a little outside of the box to try a few Mexican-style lagers created by American craft breweries?
First things first: What is a traditional Mexican-style beer?
In the late 1800s, many Europeans flocked to the would-be areas of Texas and Mexico to settle in the new world. The Germans brought with them their brewing heritage, and one of the first mass-produced beers in Mexico resembled a Vienna Lager, a darker lager, rather than the lighter version we are used to today.
That product came when Mexico’s first large scale brewery, Cerveceria Cuauhtémoc, opened in 1891 and began producing the more Czech-style Bohemian lager we associate with beers like Corona, Sol and the ones that American craft brewers are making there own.
Here are a few refreshing picks to consider on Cinco de Mayo and through out the summer.
Brewery at Hershey Lageritaville
If you watched the “Brewers Read Mean Untappd Reviews” you saw someone describe this as a “Sh**** Corona.” I can say for certain that this is one of my favorite beers during the summer. Brewery at Hershey’s Lageritaville drinks like a light lager with a lot of taste and pairs perfect with a lime on the rim. Grab one during a hot night at the Decked Out LIVE! summer concert series. (Clearly the boss enjoys it too!)
Flying Dog Numero Uno Summer Cerveza
Numero Uno is a light lager that takes an interesting twist on the traditional Mexican lager style by adding flaked oats and — more importantly — blue agave at the end of the boil to give it zesty and thirst-quenching finish at the end of every sip. It is a beer that can be enjoyed over and over again at only 4.9%
Another great aspect of all of these beers is keeping the alcohol low without sacrificing taste. It is perfect for long, hot summer days at the beach, BBQ or just to enjoy after mowing the lawn for hours.
Oskar Blues Beerito
A perfect example of how low alcohol doesn’t mean lack of taste. At 4% ABV, Beerito has a great crisp taste from the combination of the craft malts and Noble hops. The malts do give the beer a slightly darker color and impart flavors of toasted bread, plum and walnuts. This is the only one that is currently available in cans, which makes it perfect for a summer party.
Another way to enjoy Mexican beer is by drinking a traditional Mexican drink– the Michelada. The Michelada is a beer cocktail that requires a Mexican lager, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Maggi or soy sauce and lime.
Here is a recipe to try at home:
- Rim the glass with salt
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1.5 cups of Mexican lager of your choice (this is where it would be okay to use Corona)
- 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (or more if you’re like me)
- 1 teaspoon of Maggi or soy sauce
- Garnish with freshly ground black pepper
These beers don’t have to go away after the 5th. All are perfect summer beers because of the light, crisp and refreshing taste each one offers. If you’re not a beer person, we won’t mind if you drink a few margaritas instead, either.
Also keep an eye on ZeroDay’s social media. There’s rumors that brewer Theo has something special up his diabolic brewing sleeves.