MEXICAN BEER – Brief historical review and interesting facts

Since the arrival of the European conquerors to Mexican lands, the history of beer production in this territory begins. This production has evolved to such a degree, (both in quantity and quality) that Mexico has become one of the most important exporters of beer in the world.

Everything begins when a few years after the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish empire, King Charles V authorized the production of beer in this new territory called “The New Spain” (Today Mexican Republic / Mexico). The first brewery was set up in Amecameca, a village forced by the conquistadores who were heading to Mexico City from the Port of Veracruz. To do this, master brewers from Europe were brought, mainly from Spain, who faced serious problems, so the factory did not last more than ten years. One of the main reasons for this failure was the low consumption of the product because the Indians had no access to it. The cost of production was also very high, which was reflected in the final price of the beer; This is why the wine merchants kept importing this drink from the “old world”, which was more economically affordable.

It was not until after the war of independence and with the arrival of immigrants from other countries such as the United States, Germany, England, Italy, France and Poland when the demand for beer increased significantly. The new inhabitants of European and North American origin could not get used to the consumption of Mexican beverages such as Mezcal and Pulque, which guaranteed that the production of beer in Mexico began to be affordable.

Several breweries were established in Mexico City and although the owners were determined to make them grow they did not achieve it at all and it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that in 1925 a Spanish family founded the company “Cervecería Modelo”, which is maintained until our days although with different administrations. That was when the use of glass bottles was established, which contributed to the development of this industry.

 

Since the establishment of this company, others gradually emerged, such as Corona, Tecate, Cuauhtémoc, Pacífico, Yucateca, Moctezuma, Carta blanca, etc. which were consolidated thanks to the development of means of transport. Later all these brewers, were merged into two large groups and became brands produced by “Grupo Modelo” and “Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma”

In recent years there have been many breweries of artisanal nature throughout the Mexican territory, for local consumption and low production.

In Poland, there are also some dominant brands of big breweries, such as Tyskie, (my favorite), Lech, Zubr, Kasztelan and Zywiec, among others. But there are also craft breweries that produce very good quality beer. Such is the case of a small brewery located in a small town called Boguzsowice. Here a craft beer is produced that has caught my attention, both for its taste, which is very good, and for its own name. It is called “Majowe” which means … “of the Mayas”, referring explicitly to the Mayan culture of Mexico and Central America, which, as a proud Mexican that I am, caused me great impression, amazement and great pleasure. If you require more information about this beer check. http://mexicoinpoland.com/es/espanol-cerveza-polaca-con-imagen-mexicana/

I do not know if in Mexico there is any Mexican craft beer with any Polish reference. If any of the readers knows something related, please let me know. I will appreciate it very much.

To finish this brief historical and informative review I want to comment on the only Mexican beer that can be found on the shelves of the big stores in Poland. Yes, I mean “Corona” beer, which keeps the delicious taste of Mexican beer. It is from reliable sources that this beer is directly imported from Mexico. A bottle of 335 milliliters crown costs almost $ 25.00 although sometimes it can be found cheaper.

I buy it on special occasions, like September 16 and on my birthday, although in truth I can not complain about Polish beer, specifically the Tyskie and although it lacks that particular touch of the “Corona”, it is also worth sorry … Cheers !; “Na zdrowie!” (In Polish).

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