9 Craft Beers That Prove Mexican Ingredients Make Everything Better
When it comes to sabor, Mexican ingredients provide some of the most mouthwatering experiences on Earth. So it should come as no surprise that many craft beer brewers are incorporating those flavors into their beers for interesting results. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast looking for an excuse to drink (and who isn’t), here are a few beers that should satisfy your craving for delicious and traditional Mexican ingredients.
Border X Brewing: Horchata (Golden Stout)
It’s already hard enough to turn down a horchata when it’s of the agua fresca variety, but San Diego’s Border X Brewing has figured out a way to turn the deliciousness up a notch or three. Though it carries a whopping 9.5 percent alcohol by volume content, the flavors of cinnamon, almonds, and vanilla really shine, leaving behind only a slight hoppy aftertaste. This is a great drink to chase away the summer heat.
Night Shift Brewing: Viva Habanera
Usually when you eat something spicy, it’s nice to have a cold drink to help wash it all down. Well, Night Shift Brewing decided to kill two birds with one stone by incorporating habanero peppers into their beer, Viva Habanera. There’s also a nice hit of agave nectar, which may or may not take your mind off the fact that your tongue is on fire. This one definitely gives new meaning to the phrase “it burns when I pee.” Try at your own caution!
Flying Dog: Numero Uno Agave Cerveza
If drinking hot peppers isn’t your thing, Flying Dog’s Numero Uno Agave Cerveza might be a nice compromise. Like Viva Habanera, this beer incorporates the sweet flavor of agave, but instead of hitting your taste buds with peppers, it adds flavors of lemon peel, making it about as refreshing as a margarita. Numero Uno also uses flaked maize to give it that “distinctive corn and cracker flavor traditionally found in Mexican lagers.”
Golden Road: Doña Neta
Tamarind has been a staple in Mexican cuisine and candy for centuries, and now Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing has added it to their craft beer, Doña Neta. The beer’s tart recipe was submitted by Colorado Springs resident Jessica Fierro to the Beerland Competition, where it took the top prize. So for all you aspiring brewers looking for inspiration, Mexican ingredients might be the place to start!
WestFax Brewing Company: Cilantro Lime Ale
For many of us, cilantro is more than just a garnish. It’s the highlight of a dish, like pico de gallo (which I consider a dish). Sadly, there are those unfortunate souls out there who think cilantro tastes like soap (seriously). For those who can’t stomach cilantro, I’d advise they skip WestFax’s Cilantro Lime Ale. The dynamic duo of cilantro and lime make this one of the more refreshing summer beers out there. If you hate the flavor of cilantro, I feel you. But hey, that just means there’s more beer for the rest of us.
The Bruery: Share This: Mole
Holy mole! Okay, now that that’s out of the way we can talk about The Bruery’s mole inspired beer. The beer, Share This: Mole, boasts some of the most inspired ingredients on this list: ancho chiles, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs. The end result is a beer that is both savory and chocolatey. Not the kind of beer you chug at a party, but rather what you’d sip while eating some tamale pie. As a bonus, for every bottle they make, the brewer donates a dollar to the Free Wheelchair Mission.
Island Brewing Company: Avocado Honey Ale
It’s no secret that avocados have been en vogue for the last several years in the U.S. When we’re not eating them, we’re wearing them as face-masks or using them as foot moisturizers. Now, thanks to Carpinteria, California’s Island Brewing Company, we’re drinking them as well. Every year, the U.S. imports millions of metric tons of the delightful berry (yeah, avocados are berries) from Mexico, so this drink isn’t going anywhere, unless avocados suddenly go out of style. Yeah, right.
Odell Brewing: Green Coyote Tomatillo Sour
Now here’s a beer for you health conscious drinkers out there. Odell Brewing’s Green Coyote Tomatillo Sour pulls from the “classic German-style Berliner Weisse” process and adds the delicate flavors of the tomatillo, which tastes kind of like a “sour kiwi.” Definitely the right beer for those looking to increase their daily intake of vegetables. Have a few of these, then go for your morning jog. Actually, don’t do that.
Shiner: Prickly Pear
During the summers in Mexico, cacti sprout prickly pears to the delight of those in need of a refreshing treat. Shiner, which is based out of Texas, knows the small cactus fruit is a great way to beat the heat, which is why they they made their Prickly Pear beer their official beer of summer. Unfortunately Shiner didn’t make a batch this year, leaving many people to wonder whether it’s even summer.