In the scorching summer months, few things beat a refreshing, thirst-quenching Mexican lager. As easy-drinking, sessionable beers become more popular and Mexico’s own craft-beer scene explodes, craft breweries across the country are putting their own spin on the style. Next time you’re craving a Corona, reach for one of these locally made Mexican lagers instead.
Cerveza Amigos was born of friendship – O’Fallon Brewery teamed up with Cerveza Rrëy, an award-winning craft brewery out of Monterrey, Mexico, to brew the Mexican lager. The easy-drinking beer is made with roasted malt, noble hops, lime and brewed hibiscus tea, and was released just in time for Cinco de Mayo this year.
O’Fallon Brewery, 45 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, Missouri, 636.474.2337, ofallonbrewery.com
Perches Mexican Lager
What happens when two longtime friends – one a brewery owner, the other a restaurant owner – decide to work together? In the case of 4 by 4 Brewing Co. and Tortilleria Perches in Springfield, Missouri, the Perches Mexican Lager was born. The beer debuted on Cinco de Mayo this year and was so popular that it was gone by the next week. It features a malty flavor upfront with a lemon-citrus finish. Perches Mexican Lager is available on tap at the brewery’s tasting room, Hy-Vee and, of course, Tortilleria Perches, where it has quickly outpaced other Mexican lagers on the market.
4 by 4 Brewing Co., 2811 E. Galloway St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.861.6400, 4by4brewingcompany.com
Juan Moore Mexican lager
The owners of New Axiom Brewing Co. in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, envisioned their Juan Moore Mexican lager as an “every-man’s” beer, and that’s certainly the case – it’s one of the brewery’s best-sellers. The beer is clean and crisp with a slight sweetness from flaked corn in the grain bill and subtle lime flavors from Motueka hops.
New Axiom Brewing Co., 949 NE Columbus St., Lee's Summit, Missouri, newaxiombrewco.com