Mexican Craft Beer
In 2012, when Anheuser-Busch InBev bought Grupo Modelo, one of two brewing conglomerates that make every Mexican beer you’ve heard of (the other being FEMSA, owned by Heineken), it put the entire mainstream Mexican brewing industry under foreign hands. This kicked Mexico's already-active microbrew scene into high gear. There are hundreds of quality craft brewers from every part of the country; many, especially from Baja, are just beginning U.S. distribution, but look for an exponential increase this coming year. Follow the scene at the blog Por La Cerveza Libre, and look for labels like Minerva, Tijuana, Rámuri, Calavera and Tempus. Baja Brewing Co.’s Cabotella blond ale is now available throughout California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, and Romesco in Bonita, CA, has Cucapá’s Chupacabras Pale Ale on tap.