Cerveza Más Intresante Del Mundo • Illustration by David Witt
What would happen if you transplanted the dry-yet-malty amber lagers of Vienna to the Americas and rebuilt the bulk of them with some New World raw materials? Immigrant brewers of the 19th century found that out when they relocated to Mexico from Austria and brought their brewing traditions with them.
Those brewers from over a hundred years ago gave birth to a family of copper-colored lagers which, these days, are a mainstay of Cinco de Mayo parties north of the border. Unlike their Viennese ancestors, these international amber lagers are often brewed with adjuncts for color and flavor, and feature much lower hop character. Not that this is a bad thing when you’re trying to bust open a piñata or maintain structural integrity on a tostada.