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Tecate and Tecate Light

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by aupamexi

First of All, Growing up in a small border town and having the city of Tecate close by, It brings me a fondness of home.

Tecate, California and Tecate, Baja California Norte MX are located in the back country of San Diego County. The mexican city by no means is the size of Tijuana.

The Tecate brewery is only about 5 mins from the US/Mexican Border, and it offers a tour and samples of the beers like many breweries.tecate1

Many People argue the fact of how good Tecate is…. some say its just another plain mexican beer. I love Tecate, more than Corona. There is no comparison between the tastes of the two.

Tecate has its own taste… abit more of a  alcohol flavor, sharp tangy taste as it hits your tongue, with a unique flavor all to itself.. if you take time to savor it while its in your mouth, you will notice the amora of a milder german beer, its a man’s beer. It has all the favor you would want it in a beer.

On a hot day, like today when its 98 degrees inside my apartment and its 7pm, it hits the spot. So yes its a very refreshing beer, but drink it cold because when its gets a bit warm, its not as good…

The whole deal with lime and salt, i believe was just a fad in mexico back in the 90s. All the mexicans I know and myself skip that scene and i guess its more of a american/ tourist thing, but If you like it go for it…

Alot of Beers from Mexico are made to be drank with a light meal, seafood and salads, etc. Many of us, enjoy them with Tacos and Burritos. So keep that in mind..

tecate-light-bottleNow as for Tecate Light, its good.. The Favor has been abit watered down as of all “Light Beers” but the character that makes Tecate is still there. Calories in a can or bottle are 110.

I recommend you buy it, Its one of the most cheapest imported beers around, at times a 30pk can can cost you $16, and a 18 pk can $9.

Just remember this beer has a taste of its own, dont expect to be drinking a Corona or Dos XX.

Mexican Beer

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by aupamexi

Mexico is the oldest brewing nation in Iberia America “the proper term”.  Since the times of the Aztecas and Mayans, they have been brewing drinks from leaves and juices of corn, and the agave plant, where tequila comes from also.

The drinks were called Pulque, Mezcal, and with the arrival of the Espanols bought distillation in the 1500s.

As  immigration to Mexico picked up in the 1800s from countries like Germany, Belgium, Austria, “now” the Czech Republic, Spain, France and England,  all who came to work in the new forming industries.

The fact France put a Austrian Prince on the throne in Mexico, only add to Mexico’s rich brewing history.

FEMSA and Groupo Modelo are the biggest Breweries in Mexico.

FEMSA owns Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma Brewery, which is based in Northern Mexico in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. It produces beer thorough out facilities in Mexico.

Which brews Sol, Bohemia, Superior, Tecate, Casta, Carta Blanca, Dos Equis, Noche Buena brands.

The majority which You see in your local markets…

Groupo Modelo is the next one, which is based out of Mexico City.

The produce the majority of exported beers to USA, Canada, UK.

The brands brewed are Corona, Corona Light, Nerga Modelo, Model light, Model Especial, Pacifico.

Along with Domestic brands Victoria, Estrella, Leon, and Montejo, which are only avaible in Mexico.

The Micro Breweries in Mexico gaining a following are Tijuana, Cerveza Cucapa, Cerveceria Primus & Minerva, Mexicali and Aztec Brewing company from Baja California Norte. The majority only found in Mexico and specialty markets in the Southwest.

To try to sum up all Mexican beers in one post would be ridiculous.. So I will be posting blogs on the brands as I go.

I …like many beer connoisseurs are not drunks, but only enjoy the beers in moderation.


Caguama Beer?

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , on August 7, 2009 by aupamexi

First thoughts? Whats a turtle doing on the label… ummm.. the can looks like a Soda pop, minus the fact that you cant read espanol, ok.

Well, Many confuse it with being a Mexican beer, why because it taste good and is sold in some imported beer sections.

Sorry to burst the bubble of confusion but it comes from El Salvador, a tiny central american country, to my knowledge..”the best thing to come out of El Salvador.”

I don’t know much about El Salvador period… other than the bloody civil wars of the 1990s, MS-13, and their national soccer team…affectionately known as “La Selecta”

Caguama is a awesome beer…. here are some of its accomplishments

SILVER MEDAL, Monde Selection, 2008

SILVER MEDAL, Monde Selection, 2007
GOLD MEDAL, Monde Selection, 2006

As it is said to learn about a country or a people… you must first indulge one self in its culture, food and drink…

Well, here are my baby steps into El Salvadorean culture… I highly recommend this to you also.

You can find it in these fine stores:

Dillons, Food4Less,Kroger, Ralph’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, QFC, Scott’scaguama