Once again the aromas of tacos, spicy peppers and beans have entered the scene full fledged with family and friends gathering around for a day of fun in the sun. Texas is known for having some of the best Cinco De Mayo celebrations happening throughout the state, and each year the events only seem to get bigger and better. Although most of my friends tend to lean more toward the traditional Mexican beers like Dos Equis and Corona, I like to keep my beer crafty and full of flavor. For this reason I have conjured up a list of five different craft beers that have a Mexican spin on them to try instead of the other stuff (God bless them all).
- 903 Brewers Cerveza Por Favor- This deliciously light lager is perfect for the warm and sunny Cinco De Mayo goers with only 4% ABV and lightly hopped providing a nice light citrus flavor with a balanced bitterness and malt profile. This Mexican styled lager is sure to refresh as well as enhance your mind and body throughout the eventful day.
- Deep Ellum Brewing Neato Bandito- Stepping up in the ABV level at 6% this Imperial Mexican styled lager is sure to get you loose for plenty of dancing, but beware as you continue on your dancing may become an embarrassment. Light and crisp with plenty of malt biscuit type flavors swirling around with a touch of citrus hops to help keep everything in perspective (Except your dancing).
- Rahr and Sons Brewing Paleta De Mango- If anywhere in North Texas knows about Mexican it is Fort Worth. This Mexican inspired ale is straight out of the downtown area with plenty of mango, lime and tropical fruit notes that provide a refreshing juicy experience that is ideal for enhancing your Mexican food pairing options and it is also right in the middle of ABV level of 5%, so not too low to sweat out, but not too bold to knock you out.
- Oskar Blues Brewing Beerito- Supposing someone came up with this one while sipping on too many cervezas while craving burritos, but the outcome was quite favorable to say the least. A Mexican inspired amber lager with a sessionable drink-ability at 4.5% ABV and a nice creamy mouthfeel that provides flavors of toasted bread, honey sweetness, dark fruits and bits of cocoa, and is sure to pair well with an actual burrito.
- Blackwater Draw Brewing Border Town- A Mexican style vienna lager with plenty of rich malts that give a sweet caramel and toasted notes with a touch of hop bitterness that provides balance and a crisp finish. A good overall ABV level of 5.5% that keeps you somewhat grounded and can yet slap you harder than the pretty Mexican lady you just tried making a move on while dancing like a fool.