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Old 06-20-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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When I was up in Sacramento two weeks ago, I had more than my share of Mexican food. Looking through all of the lists of Mexican beers on menus or up on the wall behind the counter, I saw how many that I don't really like. However, my all time favorite has to be Negra Modelo. What say you?
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:15 PM   #2
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Hard to beat Negra. I like Pacifico and I had some Imperial from the Costa Rican Cervezaria last week that I really enjoyed.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:37 PM   #3
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Negra, Dos Equis and Corona are all the "Mexican" beers I have had so my experience is limited. Negra is the top of those three and is frequently on well priced at bars. Corona is def. the worst.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:45 PM   #4
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Pacifico all the way. We drink ALOT of mexican beers down here, and Im not a big fan of Corona or Tecate, but I will seriosuly drink alot of Pacificos. Put a wedge of lime, and a pinch of salt in the bottle, and....mmmm
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:52 PM   #5
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Negra Modelo and Dos Equis. But, I consider Mexican beers good but lackluster. European beers are very much my favorites.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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I think Pacifico would be #2 on my list.
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:28 AM   #7
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I've had all of those, but the BEST Mexican beer I've EVER had was Tequila. ...a couple of those and you don't need cervesa!
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:36 AM   #8
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I like Carta Blanca or Bohemia the best although as a whole I am not that big on Mexican beers. Tecate has to be the worst.
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Old 06-21-2006, 02:26 AM   #9
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The only time I drink Mexican beer is when I'm either eating Mexican Food or actually in Mexico. My all time favorite in restaurants in Bohemia, and WHEN they don't have that, Negra Modelo is a good back up.


In Mexico it's Dos Equis, light in the day and dark all night. You gotta love all inclusive resorts where the beer taps face out!


 
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:10 PM   #10
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Mexican beers get a bad rap in the US amongst experienced beer drinkers, underservedly, perhaps, but largely the fault of the beer producers. They basically export mostly the bad stuff which, ironically, is how you make maximum profit in the US (see BMC). The Mexican beer brewing tradition started with the French and especially the Germans. They brought lagering to Mexico by buring chambers in hillsides and brought the tradition of Vienna lagers as well as pilseners. It's not surprising that they wound up also brewing with local ingredients, corn, which resulted in the Sol/Tecate/Corona branch.

I think Negra Modelo and Dos Equis are quite drinkable. From around Sept/Oct until December Noche Buena is available, which is a bock style beer ~7% IIRC. It's a very nice beer. There are plenty of others that you probably won't see unless you're in Mexico or very close to the border.

In terms of ales, you just don't see them unless you are in a particular city that happens to have an adventurous microbrewery. There are several successful ones, but in Guadalajara where I most frequently go they usually fail within a year. I think it's primarily marketing, but who knows. The Mexican craft beer movement seems to be ~25 years behind the US so it'll be a while I suspect before we abroad see much activity.

But the Mexicans learned beer making from the best, and some of the brewers still have a German or Czech influence in the form of a brewmaster or business interest, so there is potential there.

 
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