Mexico has been known for its distinct beer since the native people began to brew beer from corn stalks. Though most Mexican beer bears the influence of the Viennese style brought to Mexico during their occupation by the Austro-German empire, Mexican beers have their own unique flavor profile that sets them apart from the rest.
If you’re planning a vacation to Mexico this summer, expect to see both tourists and locals alike relaxing and having fun with the most popular local beers. There are a variety of brands to choose from to suit every palate, and they make a perfect companion to a dinner or waterside hang-out. You’ll even be able to taste the difference from American beers after a single sip. So what are the best beers in Mexico? Here is our ranking of the most popular brands of Mexican beer.
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When it comes to Mexican beer, there are some brands that even Americans will be familiar with. In fact, the U.S. is one of Mexico’s top export markets for beer. As a result, brands like Tecate and Modelo have their own fanbase in America. Victoria, Pacifico, Dos Equis, and Corona are other notable brands loved by locals and tourists alike. Mexican beers can credit their light, crisp flavor to both the Viennese brewing style and the corn and agave that make up its ingredients.
If you’re searching for Mexican craft beers, your choices may be a bit narrower. Most beers are made in a traditional brewery that produces millions of beer barrels per year. Microbreweries, on the other hand, are fewer and further between. Though the microbrewing trend is a bit newer to Mexico, more and more companies have stepped into that world. If you’re in the Northern part of Mexico, you’re more likely to find craft beers at local bars and stores.
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Have you tried a Michelada?
In addition to different brands of Mexican beers, there is also a Mexican way to serve beer. Introducing the Michelada, a beer served with tomato juice or clamato, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, and chili salt. Now, certain brands are even producing beers and seltzers that already incorporate Michelada flavors, making it even easier to enjoy the Mexican staple. Visiting Mexico in the summer is the perfect opportunity to crack a beer and enjoy the distinct and delicious flavors of Mexico. Who knows; you may come home with a new favorite beer.