Cinco de Mayo #beer

Saturday was Cinco de Mayo, which is a heralded holiday in our house despite not having a lick of Mexican descent on either side.  We just truly enjoy Mexican cuisine, as well as Margaritas, and are always open to an excuse to indulge in both.  Seemed like a fitting time to share my thoughts on one of the plethora of Mexican beers available out there.  I’m going to pick one out of a hat, since most of them are the same style (adjunct lagers), with the occasional amber or pilsner sneaking in there.  So, without further ado, todays brew will be….marraca roll please….

In the spirit of full disclosure, this wasn’t exactly a random choice.  Dos Equis Amber is my go to beer when dining Mexican.  I was especially tickled when we were at a resort in Playa del Carmen that actually had Dos Equis on tap, as most of them are supplied by Corona.  Alright, on to the review, and I promise I won’t make reference to this guy…

The beer is served on tap in a giant mug. What better way to douse the scorching flames of a burrito with “death sauce” on it than a gallon of ice-cold Dos Equis Amber?  Hazy and lots of bubbles, it is an amber color with a thick, frothy, off-white head.  It’s amazing what a great look you can get at a beer when it is served in a clear 10-gallon drum with a handle.  Apparently Mexican restaurants use glassware extras shipped from German Oktoberfest each year.  Make sure to switch hands while you drink so you don’t end up with one huge arm like that guy from “Lady in the Water.”  Toasted oats and semisweet caramel smells blend in nose, remaining light and nonintrusive. The beer is a decent tasting amber, and it’s toasty and light flavors are delivered on a sharp, crisp body.  The brew is very easy to drink, and does not interfere with your food no matter what you are eating, especially as you delve into the hotter offerings, which is where I live. Decent beer for what it is.  Honestly, when you are enjoying the delicious and commonly spicy fare, the beer should be an accent and/or fire extinguisher and not the centerpiece.  Hard to go wrong with this one, especially when compared to what is commonly offered in most Mexican restaurants.

When celebrating Cinco de Mayo, it is sometimes fun to pick up a little variety pack of beers to sample what is regularly available from our neighbors to the south.  I will tell you one thing, you won’t fill up or get too tipsy drinking these beers, as they tend to be light in style and ABV, as a rule.  Themed events are always fun, and it’s always sweet to have a reason to set up a taco bar.  Explore ethnic and cultural flavors, and as always, beber educado a mis amigos!

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