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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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!

READ: A List Of Latin American Cuisine That Isn’t For The Weak Stomach

WestFax Brewing Company: Cilantro Lime Ale

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

READ: We Bet You Can’t Get A Perfect Score On This Latin American Beer Quiz

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One Of Mexico’s Biggest Beer Brands Is In Hot Water After Using Guillermo Del Toro’s Art Work Without His Permission

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One Of Mexico’s Biggest Beer Brands Is In Hot Water After Using Guillermo Del Toro’s Art Work Without His Permission

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Artists often take inspiration from the works of other artists. This happens across all forms of art, from playwriting to musical composition to poetry. It certainly happens in the visual arts as well, where artists will make references or even directly incorporate aspects of another artist’s work into their own. But reproducing and selling an artist’s works without his or her explicit consent, consists of copyright infringement. That’s kind of what Cerveza Victoria is looking at, after their ‘limited edition’ Guillermo del Toro beer collection dropped — without Del Toro’s approval. 

On today’s case of “Who approved this?,” Grupo Modelo —the large Mexican brewery that exports beers we all know and love, such as Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria— managed to anger one of the most beloved Mexicans in the world: Guillermo del Toro.

Cerveza Victoria, recently announced a beer can collection featuring three specially designed cans featuring the director’s face, and two of his iconic monsters; one from his acclaimed film “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the other from his Oscar winning picture “The Shape of Water.”

The cans, designed by illustrator Guy Davis, were to be sold in convenience stores in Mexico City, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán and México state.

Here’s where things turn sour. Guillermo del Toro called out Victoria, and Grupo Modelo, for using his image and those of his characters, without his permission.

‘The Shape of Water’ director tweeted at Cerveza Victoria on Thursday, and urged the company to donate all the profits raised from the sales of the beer collection to young students competing in math and robotics competitions. “Very poorly done, @VictoriaMX. These cans do not have my authorization, my consultation or my signature to use my image or my name . . .” he tweeted in Spanish.

But why, oh why, would a huge company such as Cerveza Victoria, follow through with such a massive marketing strategy like this without even asking the artist himself for his consent?

As it turns out, Victoria beer was one of the sponsors of Del Toro’s “At Home with my Monsters,” exhibition in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibit featured over 900 objects the Oscar-winning director used in the making of his films, such as costumes, notebooks, drawings and personal objects.

The exposition was on display at the University of Guadalajara Art Museum (MUSA) from June 1 to November 3 of this year, and we believe that perhaps this fact granted the beer maker, the liberties to run a whole collection of limited edition cans with the artist’s face and work emblazoned all over them — without expressly asking for his take on it, much less his permission.

The beer maker took to Twitter to “apologize”.

Victoria, by Grupo Modelo, tried and failed to contain this crisis by tweeting that “they would never take liberties with something like this,” when in fact, they did — smh. The company, however, did apologize and admitted to making a mistake:

“We would never take liberties with something like this, @RealGDT. We are reviewing where the wires got crossed. Apart from this, we will continue to support Mexican talent as we have done up to now,” tweeted the company.

But in another twist of events, the very next day, Victoria deleted all tweets, images and every single trace of the ‘Guillermo del Toro’ campaign from the company’s social media — including the half-assed apology tweet.

On Thursday of the same week, Del Toro tweeted out that things had been patched up between himself and the beer maker.

At the end of last week, the director announced that the beer company’s faux pas was a thing of the past, and that the two managed to find a solution: “The misunderstanding has been fixed in good will. The cans with my signature will be substituted by a new graphic project (with no profit for me) and the proceeds will be going to @CDMXOMM and @SOMEXICO_ Thank you,” he tweeted in Spanish.

The organizations mentioned in the critically acclaimed director’s tweet, work for causes he continually supports.

@CDMXOMM is Mexico City’s math olympics, an academic program that helps students and young people develop their creative math skills. @SOMexico_ or Special Olympics Mexico, is an organization that offers sports training and support for intellectually disabled athletes.

Del Toro has supported these causes in the past and continues to champion children’s academic needs.

When he’s not directing award-winning films or being celebrated at award shows, the director works closely with organizations, supporting students’ ambitions in math, animation and now, sports. Only this year, he offered a full scholarship to young Deborah Balboa for a Masters in Arts and Animation at the best university in Paris, France. Also this year, in March, he helped two students attend university to study film thanks to the Jenkins-Del Toro scholarship. He also paid for two students to attend a math world tournament in England, from his own pocket.

The King Of Beers Joined Forces With Luxury Label Moschino And We Can’t Unsee It

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The King Of Beers Joined Forces With Luxury Label Moschino And We Can’t Unsee It

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Known for merging mainstream pop culture cues with high fashion and tongue-in-cheek designs, Moschino’s head designer Jeremy Scott is collaborating with Budweiser. Yes, you read that right, an Italian fashion house is working with “the world’s most enjoyed beer” to produce a campy and OTT collection as is usual with Moschino. 

Jeremy Scott and Budweiser already share some history. 

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Not only did the Moschino designer feature a ‘Budweiser gown’ in his debut collection for the Italian label in 2014. Alongside the ‘Bud’ dress, Scott played with other pop culture references including McDonald’s outfits and a get-up with a nod to American chocolate brand Hershey’s.

Moschino’s 2014 ‘Budweiser gown’ was included in a MET exhibit.

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Scott’s Budweiser gown from Moschino’s Autumn/ Winter 2014 show was so iconic, that it was even incorporated into the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring 2019 exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion.

The designer’s relationship with Budweiser goes way back.

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Going back to the very beginning, we found out that they both hail from Missouri. “It’s something that I grew up around. The iconography is such a big part of America and Americana, I love that pop culture element,” said the American designer in conversation with W Magazine. It came full circle when Budweiser approached Scott about a collaboration.

Unveiled in conjunction with the debut of limited edition Budweiser beer cans, the Budweiser X Moschino collection is ready.

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Talks about a collab resulted in two limited-edition beer bottles for the Chinese market, and a 15-piece limited edition collection available worldwide. An American re-working something so intrinsically American for an Italian fashion brand to debut in Shanghai? It’s exactly this unlikely setting that was so attractive to Scott. “I like things that are unexpected,” Scott told W Magazine.

Scott’s clothes are usually seen on campy, over the top celebrities like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus or Lana del Rey, but the designer says that for this collection, his main focus was to create wearable items. 

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“There are a lot of things for people to interpret,” ranging from sweatpants to a swimsuit that can be worn like a bodysuit, paired with jeans or a skirt, his signature playful bags, in this case shaped like beer cans and —more importantly— the collection features affordable pieces like earrings and Moschino’s beloved iPhone cases.

Moschino was founded in the ’80s by an irreverent and sometimes eccentric man who revolutionized the fashion world.

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The Italian luxury fashion label, Moschino was founded in 1983 and rose to the forefront of the international fashion scene through its ironic, tongue-in-cheek designs. Specializing in leather accessories, shoes, luggage and fragrances, Franco Moschino was known for his innovative, colorful – sometimes eccentric – designs, for his love of fairies, his criticism of the fashion industry and for his social awareness campaigns in the early 1990s.

Rebelling against luxury and commercialism with wit, imitation, and humor, Franco Moschino famously filled his shop windows with opinions on racism, animal welfare, and the AIDS crisis. The provocateur sent designs down the runway that included a belt reading “this is a waist of money” and a shirt with wrap-around straitjacket sleeves adorned with a “for fashion victims only” slogan. 

Franco Moschino sold ideas through his clothing.

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A humanitarian was passionate about social issues, his ads included words such as “Enough! The sea is not your toilet” and “No to racism”. Despite his career being cut short by his death in 1994, in his time in the industry Moschino made a name for himself as a true fashion revolutionary, selling ideas through his clothes.

Scott joined the brand in the early 2010s and brought Moschino back to the forefront of fashion.

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In 2013, Jeremy Scott was appointed Creative Director of Moschino, and the brand hit a new high with his unexpected original designs that paid homage to Franco Moschino’s original concepts but were infused Scott’s unique vision and sartorial wit. During his tenure at the brand, Scott has delivered a wide range of collaborations with many companies and brands, including Mattel, Nickelodeon, The Sims, Ciroc, MTV, The Walt Disney Co., and Candy Crush, among others.

The Moschino x Budweiser capsule collection includes 15 ready to wear items and accessories for both men and women and is now available to buy while stock lasts. Prices range from $95 to $2,915.

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