The thing about craft beer snobbery is there is always something out there waiting to be discovered.
You’re free from loyalty, from the obligations of the typical Bud Light Man or Coors Champion.
There are beers and breweries you love and return to but there’s adventure in finding something new and different.
New beers are liquid Pokemon. You gotta drink em all.
(Then check into it on Untappd to show everyone you tried it.)
As I mentioned in my Mexico City recap, there’s a budding craft beer scene down there. Like America, ten years ago. The vast majority of the country still drinks four or five beer brands primarily, but like New Belgium and Boulevard in the early 2000s, there are some terrific early contenders down south.
I’ll even go a bit farther. Some of the beers I tried down there were some of the best I’ve had.
The Best Beers in Mexico City and Where to Get Them
Here’s where we found the best local beers in Mexico City (CDMX), and which of those beers were stars.
We stumbled into this place accidentally while on patol for a beer stop. Turns out it’s on the street level of the building we were staying in. Fortuitous!
They have a great selection of US craft beers, including some from Prairie Artisan Ales – mi favorito. But they have about 40 Mexican bottles, and a few more on tap.
Start with this one:
The Paramo American-style Pale Ale by Cervecería de Colima.
It’s the best APA I’ve ever had.
And it’s from Mexico. Get it as soon as you roll into town.
Another one to grab while here is Mantarraya by Cerveceria Agua Mala, an Oatmeal stout that’s rich and strong like Erik Estrada.
If you go into the beer store, tell the tall guy with long hair hello. He doesn’t speak a lick of English but he’s a super nice and patient fellow.
Oh, and you have to ask for it, but they also have a Flanders Red by Cerveceria Wendlandt that was easily the best sour beer I had while in Mexico City.
This place was great. A small but good selection, including one dude’s homebrewed smoked red. (It was…okay?)
The Honey Brown from Lupuloco was good enough to turn even the staunchest Trumpster into a pro-Mexico protester. Like the Palermo APA, it’s by far my favorite in it’s style.
The El Sancho APA by Chela Libre was also one of the best APAs I’ve had. I don’t know why they’re able to make such good American-style beers down there. But this one and Palermo are as good as any gringo APAs.
While you’re here, run next door to Yuban. Their grilled octopus is ridiculous. Pair it up with a Sta. Otilia from La Patrona. I gave it 4.5/5 stars. It’s strong, so eat some of the octopus first.
A few blocks over from Yuban and Fukubao in the walkable Condesa district is this German-style beer hall. Their Mexican beer selection isn’t great, but try the BraufactuM Progusta by Radeberger Gruppe. While drinking it, chat up the young server, who speaks accent-less English.
Not many people spoke English in CDMX and it’s fine. But when you hear someone speak flawless English it’s really effing pleasant. She’s super friendly and very tolerant of tipsy Americanos. Tip her well.
I have no idea what the name of Lucha wrestling arena was. All I remember is that it was super fun, and you can get a giant cup with two beers for like 50 pesos. I’m guessing Dos Equis, but it didn’t really matter. After a couple tequila shots, Dos Equis is really just water.
Don’t get your beer from 7/11. There are many other options in CDMX. Especally don’t get the Victoria Vickychelada by Grupo Modelo. Opt instead for some cheap 100 Anos tequila and take it home.
Yes, I made it through all 6 of the Vikycheladas.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend the Mexican beer scene needs some stupid Americano to ride in on a white horse and save the day. It’ll be fine and grow organically like ours has.
I do believe that it’s a scene that’s just getting off the ground, and there’s a heckuva opportunity for someone to jump in head first. If you wanted to start your own brewery, or wanted to contribute to one that’s just getting off the ground, Mexico, and CDMX in particular, is yours.
It’s probably not me. I’m content to be a beer snob here in Estados Unidos, but I would listen to the right offer.
The opportunity for all of us is the same one I had. Go take a vacay down there and drink some of these beers. I promise you’ll be thrilled.
And intoxicated. Keep your Uber app at the ready.
Here’s Conan in CDMX, just a block down from where we stayed: