With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Sunday, does the idea of downing Mexican beer get you... well, down? Firstly, there's a lot more than Corona to be had.
If you want to spice up your celebrations but still be true to local brew, why not try a Florida alternative that's produced in the same style as those imports.
Way back in 1864, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, of the House of Habsburg was crowned Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. This Austrian royal, now king of Mexico, prized beer making so much, that he reportedly always had a brewmaster on hand to make the stuff. It was his three year reign (until executed in 1867) that brought the Austrian style of beer, Vienna lager, to the nation, and what set about the change of taste that would change Mexican brewing.
Fan of Dos Equis Amber or Negra Modelo:
Try Ybor Gold Amber Lager - Florida Beer Company
Slightly malty, but with that clean crisp finish that is right on style. Don't expect much on the hop front, but then again this is a dark lager.
Florida Lager - Florida Beer Company
Another amber offering, with approachable grain notes and minimal hoppiness.
Fan of Pacifico or Sol:
Try Hotter Than Helles Lager - Cigar City Brewing
Cans of this Cigar City brew are perfect to substitute for the lighter Mexican beers. Noble hop character and a light and refreshing taste make this a winner.
Native Lager - The Native Brewing Co.
Effervescent with a generally good frothy head, the natives might get restless for this beer. Slight grassiness on the nose, and the hops slightly outweigh the malt on the flavor.
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