Today is International Beer Day, which gives us a great excuse to talk about one of our favorite things in the world. That’s right, folks. Your Tu Vez editors have been known to kick back by enjoying a chela (or ten) here and then. To help you celebrate what should be a weekly holiday– because, really, isn’t it International Beer day every Friday?– we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of Latin American beers and the appropriate situation for you to drink them.
This might just be a phenomenon where we live (Texas), but lately it seems that Costa Rica’s Imperial beer is giving the traditional hipster favorite Pabst Blue Ribbon (or PBR for short) a run for it’s money. Every time we go out to a music show or a dive bar, the number of skinny jean, mustachioed people drinking tall boys of Imperial seems to be growing exponentially. But why is it that the too-cool-for-school crowd prefers the Costa Rican lager over PBR? Our best guess is that the can’s logo bears a resemblance to Chrome Bag’s.*
Before we continue, know that we are big advocates of responsible drinking. With that said, lets get real. Sometimes, you’re going to end up drinking more than one or two beers. Our beer of choice for when we’re about to do that– usually at the beach or at a picnic, and when we know someone’s going to drive our ass home– is Tecate. Why? Because we find the Mexican beer smooth and satisfying, especially with a lime wedge. Unlike it’s competitor– you know, the one that has those annoying and rhymes with “schmorona”– Tecate doesn’t label itself as premium beer, which is a good thing because it’s not.
Sometimes we like to have a little booze with our food. When a situation like that arises, we tend to pair up our meal with a beer like Bohemia. The beer– a pilsner inspired by settlers from Germany who came to Mexico– is arguably the best largely available beer to come from south of the border. Pro tip: drink Bohemia with a plate of tilapia tacos drenched in salsa and lime juice.
We are fully aware that the bulk of this list is Mexico-heavy, but that’s largely due to the country’s proximity and how much more available their beers are. Still, if you try hard enough, you’ll find some fantastic beers from not-Mexico. Our favorite– or favorites, rather– is anything that comes from Brazilian microbrewer Eisenbahn. Why? Because a) you’re supporting a microbrewery and b) they adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law. Luckily for you, Eisenbahn has started exporting their beers to the States, so be on the lookout for them.
*Yes, we know that a griffin and an eagle are two different things, but the similarities are still there.