Wednesday, April 8, 2009

RANKING THE CERVEZA: BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT

Look, it’s hard to say which cold Mexican beer with a lime served in swing bar staring out at the blue Caribbean on an 85 degree day is the best ‘cause their all pretty darn good under those circumstances.

Most places had a limited selection of “gringo beers” and a handful of Mexican beers. Some more than others, just depended on where you were.

Today, most Mexican beers are produced by the two beer giants, FEMSA and Grupo Modelo. FEMSA is a general beverage corporation whose roots date to back to 1890 and the first large Mexican brewery, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma in Monterrey. They make: Tecate, Sol, Dos Equis, Carta Blanca, Superior, Indio, Bohemia and Noche Buena.

The other big boy, Grupo Modelo, has fewer brands but a larger part of the Mexican beer export market with Corona, Corona Light, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Modelo Light, and Pacífico.

They also brew brands intended solely for the domestic market: Victoria (a recent advertising campaign for this brand featured the fact that it is unavailable abroad), Estrella (a local beer found only in the west of the country) and León.

So in the Post-Season/Post Final Four Mexican Beer Poll, the coaches remain appropriately silent, but T.A.H. has a vote:

VICTORIA – “V” as in victory.
SUPERIOR – good discovery at roadside place called El Varadero de Oscar.
DOS EQUIS – the green bottled lager and a long-time favorite.
PACIFICO – A pleasant surprise.
CARTA BLANCA – At Zama Beach Club in the beautiful open palapa restaurant located on the Sac Bajo beach one would be hard pressed to not like any beer.
MODELO LIGHT & ESPECIAL – Never had a Modelo Light before, but on the beach at Playa Launcheros with "tikin xic" fish, it hit the spot.
CORONA – Solid standby year after year.
SOL – Not a favorite, but what do we know?

We never had a LEON – an ridiculous oversight. Saw it at Buho’s Beach Bar and forgot to order one.

Damn! Gonna have to go back…incomplete research.

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