Latin America Mexican Craft Beers?

Discussion in 'The Rest of the World' started by MexiMart, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. MexiMart

    MexiMart Feb 12, 2012 Texas

    So as you might tell by the name, i am indeed mexican. i live in the states but i often travel to mexico. Mexico is known for its session beers but i never hear anything about its craft beers. Does anyone know of any? I'd love to pick some up the next time i travel to Mexico.
     
  2. AnchorBaby

    AnchorBaby Oct 12, 2010 California

    If you can find it Noche Buena, made by Dos Equis at Christmas time each year, is pretty good. I'm not sure I would call it craft, but it's worth a try if you like dark beers.
     
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  3. depechemode1983

    depechemode1983 Jul 19, 2006 Texas
    Beer Trader

    WTF. Tequila Barrel beer?! I must have this.
     
  4. fartmaster

    fartmaster Dec 27, 2011 California

    i know man i dont even know where to find this. i love tequilla and my wife is mexican so its cool to see this thread
     
  5. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    Yes, because Mexico doesn't have any laws to protect the little guys from the big guys so craft brewers don't have a fighting chance in hell. If you ever lived in Mexico, you should know the business practices of the big corporations there...grupo modelo, etc, etc are no exception to the rule. There is cucapa which is supposed to be pretty good but from what I understand, they still don't sell in Mexico except maybe in their home town. They started selling in the US instead of Mexico for the reasons I gave above. Craft is barely starting to catch on though because they have opened craft stores in several cities...a chain called the beer box, they might have cucapa but I don't know. Hopefully eventually we get some laws enforced that will allow craft to flourish but for now you won't see many if any at all try and succeed selling in Mexico.
     
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  6. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    MMM i must try that
     
  7. wildcats10

    wildcats10 Mar 18, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Saw a few of the cucapa's at one of my local stores (in maine of all places...)
     
  8. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    haha I'd be more surprised to see it in mexico...was it chupacabra? That one really got around.
     
  9. drtth

    drtth Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    A neighbor of mine who goes to Mexico (mostly Mexico City) fairly often on business reports there's not a lot of craft available and much of it isn't bottled. But he has found a couple of beers from Cerveceria Calavera that he's enjoyed.
     
  10. jrnyc

    jrnyc Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Cabo has a craft brewery called Baja Brewery. I don't think they distribute beyond Cabo though.
     
  11. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    FT: My soul/1st born/body part
    Have you not been reading the Trade Forum in the past 6 months?
     
  12. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    Craft beer is growing in México, besides Cucapá we can get in México City: Tempus, La Chingonería, Minerva, Cosaco, Calavera, Azteca, Ocozol, Baja Brewing, Bayernbrau, Hacienda, Jack, Siete Barrios, Cervecería Pública Condesa, Tijuana, and others I must have forgotten.
     
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  13. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    Baja Brewery is distributed in México City, I like their stout.
     
  14. fartmaster

    fartmaster Dec 27, 2011 California

    good to see thats awesome
     
  15. JeanPaul

    JeanPaul May 1, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    This was available in some U.S. markets last Christmas, brought in by Heineken, never saw it my stores, might have a different taste than the original cerveza.
     
  16. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    La Chingonería -a México City Brewery- won gold in the World Beer Cup, category 7 with their "Házmela Rusa" Congratulations to Isaac.
     
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  17. ridelacruz

    ridelacruz Oct 29, 2010 Mexico

    I like these craft beers: Minerva(Guadalajara), la chingoneria(DF), Tempus(DF), Cucapá(Mexicalli), Cervecería Revolución (not sure if it still exists) and Calavera( I think is from DF too).

    Good luck!
     
  18. Parrotshake

    Parrotshake Nov 29, 2008 Australia

    A friend of mine was in Tijuana pretty recently and said she was pretty fond of a couple of beers from a local brewery called Cervecería Insurgentes.
     
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  19. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director Sep 11, 2009 New York
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  20. closisinthehouse

    closisinthehouse Jun 10, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Hey guys, I will be heading to Mexico City next week and looking to get my hands on some of the items from la chingoneria, anyone know any stores that carry it? The website is still under construction and haven't see any place on BA that has shown where to get some.
     
  21. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    In what part of Mexico City will you be??
     
  22. Dodgerrigo77

    Dodgerrigo77 Dec 3, 2011 California

    Temple bar in Guadalajaras Zona Rosa has about
    20 Mexican craft beers including, Tempus, Tijuana, Cucapa, Minerva and
    7mares, I found 7mares on tap to be the best of all. Pulpo stout
    and Barracuda IPA were of highest quality. Tempus, Cucapa and Minerva deserve
    all the attention they've gotten in recent years.
     
  23. morfius85

    morfius85 Mar 15, 2012 Portugal

    Hola amigos, río bravo, cucapa, purple hand beer, alebrije, marado, red pig ale, poe, cerveza Homero, minerva, Tijuana, and steinbock are berra i hace had. You can get them in México city in "the beer company", "the beer box", and in Puebla in Cholula, at Che Boludo a pizza place, or at The Beer Co. In Container city, which are 100 yards away.
    If you are round Puebla, dont hesitate in sending me a message and ill be glad to help you out.

    SALUD!
     
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  24. closisinthehouse

    closisinthehouse Jun 10, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Mexico City, close to the Embassy of the US
     
  25. closisinthehouse

    closisinthehouse Jun 10, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Thank you guys for the responses. I have read about the beer box and seems to be like the equivalent to an ABC Liquors or Total Wine & Spirits.
     
  26. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico


    Your best bet is heading to "La Condesa, a neighborhood in Mexico City well known for having a lot of restaurants, bars, fancy stores, etc. At La Condesa besides TheBeerBox you can go to El Depósito (Choapan and Baja California). La Condesa is just a few blocks away from the US embassy

    Another nice spot is Colonia Roma, just a few blocks away from La Condesa, there go to La Belga (Querétaro and Orizaba). Colonia Roma is also a vibrant neighborhood, becoming a trendy part of the city with plenty of new restaurants, boutiques, pubs, etc.

    If you need any more information send me an e-mail to juankzas@hotmail.com I'd be more than happy to help you (beerwise or anything related to Mexico City)

    I'm part of a tasting group in which the owner of La Chingonería is also part, if you can't find the beers you are looking for let me know, might help you.
     
  27. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Subscriber

    I heard about this win back when it happened, that beer sounds real impressive would love to try it.
     
  28. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    I'll go to Seattle and Portland in September, if you know someone there who can pick up the bottles and later send them to you I can bring some Házmela Rusa
     
  29. heyta

    heyta Jun 16, 2009 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Wow. I am going to be in Mexico City sometime in the next 3 weeks for business, and need to find some Hazmela Rusa!
     
  30. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    In what part of Mexico City will you be??
     
  31. heyta

    heyta Jun 16, 2009 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    few blocks away from Zona Rosa
     
  32. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    Your best bet is heading to "La Condesa, a neighborhood in Mexico City well known for having a lot of restaurants, bars, fancy stores, etc. At La Condesa besides TheBeerBox you can go to El Depósito (Choapan and Baja California). La Condesa is just a few blocks away from the US embassy

    Another nice spot is Colonia Roma, just a few blocks away from La Condesa, there go to La Belga (Querétaro and Orizaba). Colonia Roma is also a vibrant neighborhood, becoming a trendy part of the city with plenty of new restaurants, boutiques, pubs, etc.

    If you need any more information send me an e-mail to juankzas@hotmail.com I'd be more than happy to help you (beerwise or anything related to Mexico City)

    I'm part of a tasting group in which the owner of La Chingonería is also part, if you can't find the beers you are looking for let me know, might help you.
     
  33. heyta

    heyta Jun 16, 2009 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    looks like it's about 4km away from my hotel.
     
  34. juankzas

    juankzas Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    The closest nice store from Zona Rosa would be "La Belga" which is in the corner of Querétaro and Orizaba, colonia Roma. In the street of Orizaba from Durango to San Luis Potosí you'll find some places with craft beer and nice mezcal.
     
  35. ObiWanKushnobi

    ObiWanKushnobi Apr 4, 2011 Minnesota


    Mikkeller has a few Tequila barrel aged beers Black Hole and Beer Hop Breakfast are the ones I have had also Cigar City Brewing has a Double Cream Ale aged in Tequila barrels it's called El Murcielago.
     
  36. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I'm 230 miles from the border of Mexico and I've never seen a Mexican craft beer in a store.
     
  37. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    That Tequila Ale has only been brewed once and I believe it's supposed to be a seasonal. Who knows if they'll brew it again. The regular barley wine called Green Card is quite good though. Also Minerva has a beer called ITA (Imperial Tequila Ale). The tequila flavors on that beer are quite subtle and I've found them inconsistent. Never a bad beer though.
    I cross the US border every few months and have hit some people with trades in the past. I have access to most Mexican Craft brews and would be more than happy to trade. When I go, I have a place in Texas, so not the best distribution... Anyone interested send me a beer mail.
     
  38. turneraw

    turneraw Aug 30, 2010 Kentucky

    I will be in Leon, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato at the end of next month. What should I look for?
     
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