Cerveza Artisana (Nacho Mama’s Corona), By Catherine Martin Hamm

By Catherine Martin Hamm, Casa Tranquila

Mexican Artisanal Beer


If you think Corona is good Mexican beer……..you might be a gringo.

In Mexico, Corona is not good beer; it’s cheap beer. Since it was the first Mexican beer to become available in the states, many people think it’s a good Mexican beer. For those guys, there are other beers here in the states to try like Sol, Modelo Especial, Negro Modelo, Bohemia, Pacifico, Dos Equis, or Tecate.

But this post isn’t about Mexican beers you can get in the states. It’s about smaller brewers that produce some really good beers. Minerva (1) is a microbrewery from the Mexican state of Jalisco in western Mexico. They have a line of beers ranging from Clara (Clear) to an Imperial Stout. Along the way there is a Pale Ale and an IPA. Of the Minerva beers I have tried, which was only limited by the ones I could find available, they were all delicious.

Another good small brewery is located in Merida, called Ceiba Brewery (2). Again, Ceiba has a line of beers ranging from clara to an imperial stout, all delicious. Once in Chelem, the owner of Ceiba stopped by a local restaurant that was featuring his beer and spent time with the patrons.

The next group of beers can be obtained in the states if you look hard enough, it’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (3). It’s brewed just across the border in Tecate, Mexico: a line of great beers ranging from a Blonde Ale to a Porter. The labels and case containers are as unique as the name of the beer. These could be pieces of artwork in an abstract sort of way.

The last brewery to mention is a very small brewery just getting started, Isla Brewing (4). In February, 2016, Isla Brewing had their beer in one restaurant on Isla Mujeres with two more restaurants adding it within the next two weeks. Isla Brewing was doing private tasting that we attended with some friends. Of ten people tasting six beers, everyone found multiple beers they really liked. Personally, the only one I didn’t care for was the Habanero Porter and the biggest surprise for me was how good the hibiscus beer was.

In Chelem, el Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar maintains a selection of craft beers they feature. The selection changes but there are normally 3 or 4 different selections at any one time. To go along with the craft beer, the restaurant specializes in American comfort food with daily specials. If you make it down to Chelem, you’ll have to check out the Bull Pen and meet some of the ex-pats from the US and Canada. For now, have a look at their Facebook page to see what’s going on.

If you think your cerveza should come with a lime……..you might be a gringo.

This post was originally posted on the Facebook page for Casa Tranquila, a beautiful rental property found in Chelem, Mexico. It is republished with permission.



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