Contrary to popular belief, Corona is not the most popular or most liked Mexican beer among Mexicans living in Mexico. It’s more like the Miller High Life in an icy cold variety pack – you know, the one you either drink first to get it out of the way or last because it’s not your favorite, but hey – it’s beer!
Mexican National Beer
For starters, I’d like to point out that this info is only about National Mexican beer. Tijuana’s craft beer scene is also booming, but that deserves its own conversation.
There are two main breweries for national beer – Moctezuma and Modelo and I bet you’ve heard of a few of each. But there’s a few that don’t make it too far over the border which are quite tasty if you’re stopping by.
Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery
This brewery is responsible for Dos Equis, Sol, Bohemia, Noche Buena, Indio, and Tecate.
- Dos Equis – They have a pale lager and a Vienna-style amber lager called Amber 🙂
- Sol – This is a light beer that’s good for hot summer days.
- Bohemia – The original is a pale pilsner, but they also offer a wheat beer similar to Blue Moon and a dark Vienna beer.
- Noche Buena (Poinsettia) – As you might guess, is a holiday beer and usually only available from Nov-Jan. The style is a delicious bock with a Christmasy taste.
- Indio – One of my favorites and is the best lager they make!
- Tecate – Which you’ve probably heard of (especially since it’s named after the town of Tecate not too far away), but it’s a light beer and at least in the north, Tecate Light is probably the most popular beer.
- Heineken/Coors Light – These obviously aren’t Mexican national beers, but they have partnered with Moctezuma and brew both of these on national soil. You can usually find them in Tijuana for the same prices.
This brewery is responsible for Corona, Victoria, Pacífico, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Modelo Light, Estrella, and León.
- Corona – maybe the most well known world wide, but definitely not a Mexican favorite 🙂
- Victoria – Another favorite of mine, it’s a Vienna lager with a crisp taste.
- Pacífico – This is a pale lager and comes in regular and light. You can find baby sized bottles of these in some corner beer stores – they are great for the beach!
- Modelo – Especial and Light are the lighter versions while Negra is a dark style lager.
- Estrella – this one isn’t as common in bars and restaurants but can be found in grocery stores, it’s a pilsner beer.
- León – This beer is a dark amber beer on the rise for popularity.
Buckets of Beer
Here is Tijuana, most of the bars will offer a bucket of 6, 10 or 20 beers for your table. This is a great way to have your next beer handy and not having to ask the server for a new one every 30 min or so. You can also mix it up and request a variety pack. Either way, it stays cold with the ice they provide and stays tasty with the lime, salt and chile they provide 🙂
Next time you hop on over, don’t forget to try a few new flavors! ¡SALUD!