The craft beer movement in Mexico is high on the list of reasons to head to the country’s sunny shores and sprawling metropolises. It seems like every day a new brewery is popping up to refresh and delight us. It’s so hard to narrow down a list of Mexico’s best micro breweries, so we’ve included some recent award-winning brew houses and some personal favorites. Cheers!
Winner of the Cerveza Expo’s best small brewery of 2017, La Fortuna brewery also won in gold award in the blond ales category for their California Ale. They also sell a pale ale, IPA, stout, California ale and, at their small factory in Jalisco, they also have guided tours and tastings in their upstairs patio, as well as rent-out the space for beer-soaked events.
A Mexico City favorite, Cru Cru is a neighborhood brewery getting a lot of props these days. They make a pale ale, an American lager, a gose, an aged amber ale, a porter and various beers they brew in collaboration with other local micro breweries in Mexico City. Sample their wares at the Cru Cru terrace, a super cool (and laid-back) brew pub in Colonia Juarez.
Doble C won best medium-sized brewery at the Cerveza Expo Mexico in 2017, they also won gold in the amber ale category for their Wandering Amigo and gold in the American Porters category for Cabrown. This is a brewery that is making a name in Mexico and one that you need to try. They are based out of Ensenada, Baja California and have their brewpub right on the beach—a dreamy place to drink something delicious.
Winner of best medium-sized brewery in 2016, Loba’s brewery and soon-to-be brewpub is located in the heart of downtown Guadalajara. Loba has some unusual styles (like a pre-Prohibition lager, sours or altbier) and work with other small producers in Guadalajara and in the United States, making collaboration beers for special occasions or seasons. This brewery is quickly becoming one of Guadalajara’s best.
A small brewery started by two Mexico City brothers, Beer Bros’ mission is to make tasty, easy-to-drink beer that pairs well with dinner—plain and simple. They make an IPA and a blond ale out of their small factory in the country’s capital and are part of a local brewpub crawl organized by the city, which gives tourists the chance to taste beers at four different, local breweries in Mexico City.
Founded by beer-maker Petra Eva Kittel, whose whose father was a beer engineer, while his German grandfather was also a beer-maker. Cervecería La Blanca was named as such because of their variety of European-style wheat beers (blanca is white in Spanish). Get a taste of their beers—la original, bock, lupulada and negra—at their brewpub in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Sitting at the foot of the Colima Volcano, Cervercería Colima takes advantage of all that volcano-filtered spring water to make some delicious beers. Their tiny, countryside restaurant, Jardin Trapiche, is a great space for getting to know some local cuisine and sampling one of their five standard beers always on tap (they have other seasonal options and collaboration beers). Our favorite is the lager.
This San Miguel de Allende brewery is truly booming, expanding their space and production, and coming to a bar near you soon. They recently won gold in the American Pale Ale category at Cerveza Expo for their Dos Aves Pale Ale. Their beers are hoppy, strong and perfect for the central Mexican sun of Guanajuato state.