Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day as many would believe – nor is it an American Holiday. Mexico declared Independence from Spain in 1810, while Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of a great Mexican victory over the overwhelming French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862.
The French had come to Mexico (invaded really) earlier in that year, and apparently the French had ideas of creating a new Empire in Mexico, to be ruled by the Hapsburg Prince Maximilian. Considering that the United States was involved in its own Civil War at the time, it didn’t seem likely that the biggest threat to the French in the region (the Americans) would be an issue.
It is interesting history, but In a nutshell the Mexican forces crushed the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become something of a celebration of Mexican heritage here in in the United States, even though most of us have no idea what the day is really about in an Historical sense.
What does this have to do with beer? Well, TheBrewClub thought it would be a great time to do an all-Mexican beer exchange in honor of Cinco de Mayo, and some Mexican Beer reviews will be posted here for everyone to enjoy that we’ll add to from year to year. So far, we’ve got…
- Perhaps the best selling Mexican Beer in the States Corona Extra.
- A review of the Mexican Beer Tecate.
- Negra Modelo gets the best review so far!
- Dos Equis Amber gets its turn on the reviewing stand.
- Pacifico is this reviewers favorite Mexican Beer!
Stay-tuned for more Mexican Beer reviews, and enjoy the celebration!