Cervecería Calavera is one of Mexico’s better known craft breweries, and produces some of the finest craft ales from its base just outside Mexico City, in Mexico State. OK, so it’s not technically in Mexico City, but it merits a spot on the list solely for its delicious Smoky Scottish Ale and Maquahuitl Black IPA, among other chocolatey- and chilli-infused brews. As you might imagine, they pride themselves on the uniqueness of their blends, so you can rest assured that each sip will be an experience.
Escollo, a small experimental brewery located in the Roma area of the city, is an independent gem for craft beer fans. While they also offer craft ales from around the world, we recommend their Escollo Blond, Pilsner or Porter, which can be accompanied by some of the mezcals or typical Mexican dishes that they also have on the menu. If you’re looking to visit one of the best microbreweries in the city that really does it all, this is the one.
Escollo, Calle Querétaro 182, Roma Nte., Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5264 4863
Cerveza Cosaco, based in the Ajusco area of the capital, is a fantastic example of local craft beer from Mexico City done well. Although they don’t brew on as large a scale as some of their other craft beer competitors, this independent brewery still has a loyal following who enjoy the artificial preservative-, colorant- and flavouring-free ales it produces, using techniques influenced by beer-making giants in Belgium, England and Scotland. You can only find their unique recipe Cerveza Cosaco ales served on tap in bars throughout the city.
Cervecería Texcoco Mystic Ales is another microbrewery that’s actually situated just outside the official limits of Mexico City itself, in Mexico State. However, we think this is still worthy of inclusion as it offers such great quality, flavoursome brews that rank among some of the best in the country. While Cervecería Texcoc Mystic Ales only produces a handful of beers at the moment, such as the Agonía/Psicosis IPAs; Demencia, a black IPA; Báthory, a rich coffee stout; and finally, Exquizofrenia, a triple IPA, they’re worth hunting down in Mexico City.