Posted on May 3, 2010 by Mary Ellen Brewington
Our neighbors south of the border have shared with us some of the best party accessories: piñatas, margaritas, Tejano music and, of course, beer!
Americans have enthusiastically embraced one of Mexico’s famous holidays, which is this week on May 5: Cinco de Mayo, when the Mexican Militia defeated the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.
On Tap wants to share with our readers some quick tips regarding our great Mexican beer brands that make any Cinco de Mayo celebration “muy deliciouso y refrescants” – very delicious and refreshing.
We begin with America’s most well-known Mexican beer, Corona. This brand made the tradition of topping a beer with a slice of lime popular in the U.S. Legend tells us that the lime garnish began as a practical solution to keep flies out of the beer bottles. There is also Corona Light and Coronitas, the 7 oz. version of Corona that is perfectly sized for hot summer days.
This Cinco de Mayo, you may want to sample one of our other premium Mexican beer brands:
- Dos Equis. This beer is brewed by Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, based in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Dos Equis Amber was originally brewed in 1900 by a German-born brew master Wihelm Hasse. Dos Equis Special Lager is a crisp, refreshing Vienna-style lager that earned four out of five stars by consumer reviews at http://www.epinions.com.
- Negra Modelo. A dark golden brown beer that’s not too heavy, deliciously smooth and packaged in a unique eye-catching bottle. Negro Modelo received one of our favorite beer reviews a couple years ago: http://thebrewclub.com/2008/05/04/negra-modelo-beer-review/
- Pacifico. This Mexican pilsner was also brewed by German-born brew masters in 1900 and was properly named for the Pacific Ocean along which their brewery was located in the port city of Mazatlan. Ever so slightly sweet with a honey aroma, this Mexican favorite is perfect for any party.
- Tecate. One of Baja California’s most popular exports, cooler-friendly Tecate is the subject of a fun review at Brian’s Belly at http://briansbelly.com/beer-belly/tecate-can-do-cervesa/.
This year Cinco de Mayo lands on a Wednesday, giving us a reason to celebrate much more than our regular workweek “hump day.” No matter what your plans for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, kick back and relax responsibly with a bit of beer love from south of the border.