Top Craft Beers for Cinco de Mayo 2018

top craft beers for cinco de mayo 2018 edition

Every year when Cinco de Mayo rolls around and beers start flowing, craft beer lovers find themselves searching for alternatives to the mass produced mexican lagers that dominate the holiday. We are here to help with a list of the top craft beers for Cinco de Mayo 2018.


Mexican Lagers


alesmith sublime mexican lager

Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager

ABV: 5.2%

Produced by: Alesmith Brewing, San Diego, CA

Description: A traditional Vienna-style lager (famously brewed by the Mexican breweries) that showcases a grainy, malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. Clean and crisp with subdued hop bitterness to balance, makes Sublime Mexican Lager the go-to beer for hot summer days or pre-concert tailgating.


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ska brewing mexican logger

Ska Mexican Logger

ABV: 5.2%

Produced by: Ska Brewing Company, Durango, CO

Description: The perfect Mexican Lager. Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work.


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oskar blues beerito

Oskar Blues Beerito

ABV: 4.0%

Produced by: Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, CO

Description: A Mexican lager – an amber/red light bodied crisp lager. Light and elegant aroma, toasty with a hint of floral. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with layers of walnut, toasted bread, plums, honey, and cocoa giving very drinkable depth to the flavor. 4% abv doesn’t always come with this kind of character.


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21st amendment el sully

21st Amendment El Sully

ABV: 4.8%

Produced by: 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

Description: The sun was in our eyes and we did not get a good look, but you are closer to him right now than most will ever have the good fortune to be.

Who is El Sully? Grab a can of this Mexican-Style lager, head to the nearest beach, even if it’s imagined, and perhaps he’ll come to you.


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Other Mexican Inspired Brews


sierra nevada otra vez

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

Style: Gose

ABV: 4.9%

Produced by: Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA

Description: Otra Vez means “another time,” and for Sierra Nevada that time is early California when beers were made from local ingredients. The brewery trialled various native produce searching for great flavors. Prickly pear cactus flourishes in the state’s arid deserts, and grapefruit fills the Central Valley’s flats. Together their fruity-tangy blend makes Otra Vez, whose tartness is true to the gose style, pop with character.


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stone xovoveza

Stone Xocoveza

Style: Mocha Stout

ABV: 8.1%

Produced by: Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA

Description: This year’s winner of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned home-brewing competition, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our home-brewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from our neighbors to the south, as our collaborators from Baja California, Cervezeria Insurgente, will attest.


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The Bruery Or Xata

Style: Belgian Triple

ABV: 7.1%

Produced by: The Bruery, Placentia, CA

Description: Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata.


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