Stop wining… Craft beer is on the rise in Mérida!
Are you a beer lover? If yes, Mexico offers a great variety of some of the best tasting beer around. Corona, Pacifico, Montejo, Dos Equis, Tecate and more are household names, yet if you enjoy craft beer, you need to know, Mérida is home to some incredible cervezas.
The craft beer movement is taking the globe by storm, and there is no shortage of quality brews produced in the Yucatán Peninsula. I’ve lived in Beer City U.S.A, Asheville, North Carolina, so I know a thing or two about quality crafts. In pursuit of discovering the best local beer Mérida has to offer, I took one for the team and tried a few.
Popular among the locals are Ceiba and Patito. They can be found just about anywhere in Mérida, and are the larger of the craft breweries. Yet I am a sucker for an underdog story, and enjoy learning of microbreweries such as Terán and Maneek.
Mexico has long preferred beer to wine, based on consumption and production. Did you know the majority of the population only consumes an average of two glasses of wine per year? Beer has history in Mexico, playing a major role in the country’s exportation economy for years.
Microbreweries are new on the scene. With a Mexican tradition of enjoying fresh lime juice in a cold cerveza, acquiring the palette for craft is not an easy switch. As sophistication develops in the ability to produce flavor packed brews, I believe we will see more demand for craft in and around Mérida.
While the first Mexican Microbrewery was established in the 1990’s in Mazatlán, Mérida’s young crafts began in 2013. As the demand for craft beer grows, I believe we will continue to see more craft breweries come alive in the Yucatán and in Mérida.
Here is a list of the beers I tasted. I recommend visiting Querreke in City Center for a great selection of local crafts, followed by La Negrita, La Bierhaus and Hennessy’s Irish Pub.
Ceiba – Named after the Mayan tree of life, Ceiba is quite possibly the root of craft beer in Mérida. The independent beer company has recovered a tradition starting with Cervecería Yucatán, which closed in 2002.
Types of Beer –
Ambar Mestizia (American Amber / Red, 4.8%)
Ceiba Light (Pale Lager, 3.9%)
Imperial Stout (5.0%), Pilsner (4.5%)
Ceiba produces a Christmas seasonal beer, Navidena, brewed with chocolate.
Patito – The artisan beer that is only available in a can, and perhaps the simplest, made with only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast.
Belgian Blonde Ale (6.5%, which I haven’t tried, yet)
Terán – A beer with a legendary story. One of a family in search of a long lost recipe. An original recipe sought after by a King decades ago, has been recreated and given life in the Yucatán.
Teran Dunkel Dunkelweizen (4.7%)
Teran Clara Hefewiezen (4.5%)
Tara Bock Weizenbock (6.5%)
Terán Dunkelweizen (4.7%)
Maneek – Seeking to be the Yucatán’s “asked for” beer.
Pale Ale – English (5.0%)
Ixtabay IPA (8.15%)
Xoco Porter (6.0%)
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