Mexicans, we are told, drink lots of cerveza, about 16 gallons per person per year to be precise, putting Mexico among the world’s leading beer markets. Most of the brew comes from two huge companies Grupo Modelo, makers of Corona, and Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, whose brews include Sol and Dos Equis. Both companies are now foreign owned.
But in the past few years, a batch of microbreweries has taken on Mexico’s Goliaths and we think these high-quality, artisanal beers are worth a plug. And you can’t beat the names. Cervercería Revolución offers a beer called Zapata, named after Mexico’s Revoutionary hero. Malverde from Minerva is named after the folklore character Jesús Malverde, a sort of unofficial Mexican Saint. Minerva also produce Purple Hand, a brew marketed to the country’s Gay community. Click here for a short recap of the microbrewery scene from NTN24HourNews and here a video on award-winning microbrewery Calavera.