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The Best Micro and Craft Breweries in Tijuana, Mexico

Get a taste of Norte's best beers with their quadruple sampler | © Cervecería Norte
Get a taste of Norte's best beers with their quadruple sampler | © Cervecería Norte
Following in the tracks of its brewing neighbour San Diego, Tijuana is slowly establishing itself as a big player in the craft beer scene. While many breweries in the city serve the ever-popular hoppy IPAs, they’re also experimenting with their own ingredients and techniques to create beers with a true Mexican flare. Here are some favorites from the region.

Cervecería Insurgente

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Cervecería Insurgente, a leader in Tijuana’s craft beer scene | © Cervecería Insurgente
Cervecería Insurgente is one of Tijuana’s most famous breweries. They’ve won a handful of international awards, and now boast several distributors across Mexico and the US. Their Xocoveza (milk stout brewed with cacao, coffee, chile, pasilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and their Lupuiosa beer (brewed with five different American hops) are the stars of the show, but every tap here offers a bit of brew heaven.
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Cerveza Funes

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Try and buy German-inspired artisanal beer at Cerveza Funes | © Cerveza Funes
A homebrew shop and tasting room in one, Cerveza Funes is an Alladin’s cave for beer lovers. The owner, Raúl Aispuro, spent some time exploring the craft scene in Dusseldorf, so many of the beers have German influences. Cerveza Funes is just across the road from popular food truck park Telefónica Gastro Park, so you could combine your visit with some seriously good Mexican, Japanese, or Argentinian cuisine.
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BCB Tasting Room

Bar, Craft Ale Bar, American, $$$
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Enjoy over 300 beers in BCB Tasting Room's modern taproom | © BCB Tasting Room
Located in the slightly more upscale neighbourhood of Zona Rio, BCB Tasting Room adds a little bit of sophistication to Tijuana’s gritty craft beer scene. Their 300-strong beer selection (with more than 40 on tap), can be enjoyed in their open-plan, industrial-feel tap room decorated with hanging beer kegs and long wooden tables made for sharing. They also serve a selection of delicious gourmet burgers—the perfect accompaniment to a hoppy IPA or a thirst-quenching Belgian Pale Ale.
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Atmosphere:

Stylish, Modern, Relaxed
Tue - Wed:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat:
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun - None:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

Cervecería Tijuana

Craft Ale Bar, American, $$$
Having recently undergone a huge makeover, Cervecería Tijuana is quickly earning a reputation for being a top competitor in the city’s growing beer scene. Since first opening in the year 2000, their six artisanal beers have earned huge international recognition, including awards in Mexico and the US. If you can take a 7.5% lager, be sure to try their Bufadora Black.
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Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Stylish, Casual
Tue - Thu:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun - None:
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Border Psycho Brewery

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$$
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An unusual choice of taps at Border Psycho Brewery | © Border Psycho Brewery
A family-run brewery since 2012, Border Psycho now has over seven beers on the market in Mexico and the US, making it one of Tijuana’s most distributed craft breweries. Despite their fame, however, their taproom remains the no-frills, gritty drinking hole that it was when it first opened. Along with smoky air, sticky floors, and a punky-looking crowd, expect some unexpected features such as glass dildo and buttplug draft handles. Their signature beers, the Cream Ale (brewed with amaranth and orange peel) and La Perversa, a seriously hoppy double IPA, are well worth a try.
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Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Casual
Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - None:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun - None:
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cervecería Norte

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$$
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Get a taste of Norte's best beers with their quadruple sampler | © Cervecería Norte
Hidden on the fifth floor of an unassuming building near a deserted parking lot, the mysterious Cervecería Norte could be easily missed—but is well worth the hunt. Those up for the challenge will be rewarded with two magical outcomes: awesome views and even better craft beer. Cervecería Norte’s dark porters and pale ales come with uninterrupted views, thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows, of the US-Mexican border and Tijuana’s Monumental Arch. If you can’t decide which beer to go for, their quadruple sampler is your best bet.
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Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Casual
Mon - Wed:
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am

Mamut Brewery Co

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$$
Opened with the aim of providing affordable, top-shelf beer for everyone, Mamut Brewery Co sells some of the cheapest pints in town. The taproom is mammoth-themed (there’s a giant mammoth made from wire overseeing the bar!), and is located in recently revived Pasaje Rodriguez, an art-covered passageway lined with coffee houses and artisan shops. Enjoy one of their coffee-spiked Imperial stouts or hoppy IPAs (with a compulsory side order of BBQ wings) out on their terrace, and take in the hustle and bustle of Tijuana’s coolest alley.
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These recommendations were updated on June 16, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.