I really can’t believe that we’re already in May of 2010! Cinco de Mayo is here again, and as you know, its something of a beer drinking holiday – at least here in the States.
I don’t want to rehash what Cinco de Mayo is all about because we covered that in 2008. Last year we learned quite a bit about what people’s favorite Mexican beers were, and I discovered that there were many more Mexican beers to enjoy than Corona! (Feel free to add your favorite to the list on that post!)
So, what to do this year?
Well, considering that we like to blog about beer that isn’t always considered mainstream, I wanted this post to shine some light on unsung quality beers from Mexico that maybe we haven’t heard about. I guess my question is, does anything other than Pilsners come out of Mexico?
I’m just wondering if there is more to Mexican beer than pilsners of varied quality, and I’m asking from the position that I simply do not know.
Does Mexico have anything like the craft beer industry in the United States? It just seems to me that most of the beer produced and exported from Mexico is a variation of the pilsner which was developed by German immigrants to Mexico in the 1800’s.
I’ve heard it said that the first thing German settlers would build in a new country was a church, and the second thing they would build was a brewery! This is evident in other German-inspired beers like Tsing Tao Lager out of China, Singha from Thailand, and obviously many beers from Mexico. These beers, for the most part, are derived from German brewing traditions and methods – some being more faithful to the Reinheitsgebot than others.
So, is Mexican beer a one-trick pony, or is there more to Mexican beer that we just don’t know about or see here in the States? Obviously there are the exceptions like Negra Modello and Dos Equis Amber, but mostly its pilsners, right? Right?
Anyway, have a happy and save Cinco de Mayo!