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Mexican beer – “Cerveza”

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“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high,” as the song goes.  It is summertime in Mexicali, and it is hot with temperatures from 105F to 112F-maybe even higher.

Our neighbor has taken his entire family, three kids, grandma and grandpa to the cool city of Rosarito Beach, Baja California, on the Pacific coast.  It is the Mexicali tradition, that families visit Rosarito Beach and Ensenada, during the hot summer months. The weather in Rosarito Beach is wonderful, like San Diego or Los Angeles. The good life!

Our neighbor’s maid is taking care of his home.

We have chosen our version of a summer holiday.  That is to tough it out and enjoy what Mexico has to offer in the way of beer, or cerveza in Spanish—but we do plan a trip to Ensenada (more about in my next post).

The Fiesta Room was presenting Beer Tasting Nite, La noche de Cerveza, and all three of us, me, Jim, and Matthew decided to join in the fun. We were off to sampling the finest beers that Mexico has to offer.

When one thinks of Mexican beer, the first name that comes to one’s mind is Corona. However, in Mexico, Tecate is the most popular brand—but maybe not the best.

The majority of Mexican beers are produced by the two big breweries:

  1. FEMSA (which produces Tecate, Sol, Dos Equis, Carta Blanca, Superior, Indio, Bohemia and Noche Buena) and
  2. Grupo Modelo (producing Corona, Corona Light, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Modelo Light, and Pacifico).  Negra Modelo-and what makes Negra Modelo different from other Mexican beers?  In Mexico, this beer is called “La Crema de la Cerveza” (the elite of beers). It’s a dark, Munich-style beer.

And then there is the very special beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only released at the end of the year for the Mexican celebration of “La Noche Buena” or “Christmas Eve.” Noche Buena has a dark brown color with a small white foamy head, a slightly malty aroma, and rich caramel and toast flavors. It’s normally sold as a 12-pack, and costing around $8.00—a bargain!

The taste of these dark beers is simply delicious!  You can buy Bohemia, Indio and Negra Modelo, at Wal-Mart here in Mexicali, along with Tecate, Corona, and Pacifico.

Mexicali’s well-known beer is Cucapá. The brewer, Cerveceria de Baja California, was set up in 2002, and is located in the Mexicali, and is one of a handful of Mexican microbrews. They brew Mexicali’s very own Cucapá Beer. This name comes from one of the five Indian tribes that live in the Mexicali Valley.

Cucapá comes in various flavors:

There is Cucapá Clasica , blonde ale, taste of malt and sweet citrus;
Cucapá Obscura an American brown ale with a taste of sweet toffee, roasted nuts and brown sugar aromas;
Cucapá Chupacabras, a pale copper-colored ale with rich creamy dark caramel, dark chocolate and roasted nuts, and citrus marmalade;
Cucapá Triguen’a, a wheat ale with a clear golden color;
Cucapá Honey, an amber colored ale, with rich aromas of caramel, roasted grains, and citrusy aromas;
Cucapá Barleywine, which has a dark reddish mahogany color, with aromas of roasted malt and dark caramel.
Cucapá beer brewers even make seasonal beers such as Cucapá Jefe, which is an Hefeweizen (a wheat beer), made with wheat and barely malt and with a bright peach color.

Here’s the Cucapá website –

While taking sips of the various brands of beer, I found that I loved the tastes of Cucapá Classic, Negra Modelo, Bohemia  and Noche Buena. All these beers are so tasty and easy to drink. All very smooth and they quench your thirst immediately.

If you like beers with a bit of a bite, try Pacifico. It’s from the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

It was a wonderful evening for the three of us—especially Matthew.

Enchiladas Chipotle
Enchiladas Chipotle

We got to try the beer along with Enchiladas Chipotle—enchiladas stuffed with chicken, cooked with garlic, onions, sharp cheddar cheese, smothered on top with cheese, onions and fresh out of the oven.

We drove home, very carefully to our air-conditioned casa. It wasn’t until Jim and I were inside that we noticed that Matthew was missing—he was sound asleep in the truck.

The good life!

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