With Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place next week, I thought I’d turn my attention this week to Mexican beer – the perfect accompaniment to Mexican foods.
One of my favorite Mexican brews is Bohemia, a German-style light lager launched in 1905. Bohemia comes in a fat little brown bottle with a gold label and is aged longer than most Mexican beers. It has a nice floral aroma and a somewhat nutty malt flavor, and weighs in at 5 percent ABV. I especially like Bohemia paired with meat dishes such as bistec Mexicana and pork carnitas.
Another good candidate for tacos, burritos and such, although a bit thinner than Bohemia, is Dos Equis XX Special Lager. A little easier to locate is the popular Dos Equis Amber, which is a bit malty and reminiscent of a Vienna lager.
In my opinion, the most interesting and flavorful beer produced in Mexico is Negra Modelo, from the Modelo brewery that also makes Corona. The two beers couldn’t be more different. Negra Modelo is a complex beer (somewhat akin to an Altbier), creamy and somewhat sweet with hints of chocolate. That subtle chocolate flavor makes it a slam-dunk to drink with rich Oaxacan-style mole dishes.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.