Monday, September 1, 2014

Molson Canadian

Molson Brewing of Canada was founded by English immigrant, John Moslon, in Montreal in 1786, eight decades before Canada was created as a united country. But, the Molson Canadian brand, the flagship beer, in Canada, of Molson-Coors (the modern company was founded in 2005 by an equal merger of Molson & Coors) was only introduced in 1959. At 5% alcohol, Molson Canadian is a mass-produced adjunct lager, with 148 calories.

Under the scientific guidance of the master brewers of Molson (and, since the merger, the master brewers of Coors Brewing in Colorado, as the Molson line is commonly brewed in Colorado for USA sales), Canadian enjoys a wide following from consumers who value consistency and a fair price when making beer purchases. Molson Canadian beer has fulfilled these expectations to pinpoint perfection for over five decades. The popularity of the brand has led to a wide expansion of the Molson line, and, today, one will find Canadian Light, Golden (a lager-ale mix), Ice, XXX (a super-premium, high alcohol malt liquor), Brador (a gourmet malt liquor, sold only in Canada), and others. Moslon can be found on draft, in the bottle, and in the can, in various configurations, the most common being a 12-ounce offering.

This writer has sample many of the brands in the Molson line, and I have found that all of them are brewed to a high and consistent standard. A sampling by the reader is strongly encouraged.

RJT

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Indio

Cerveza Cuauhtémoc, named after the last Mexican Aztec ruler, was introduced in Monterrey, Mexico in 1893. One of Mexico's oldest beer brands, this 4.5% alcohol lager, was nicknamed Cerveza Indio (Indian Beer) by consumers, and this name became so popular that in 1905 the brewing company officially adopted the nickname and dropped the original official name. Heineken International acquired the company and all of its brands in 2010.

Indio is sold in various can and brown bottle variations, and is available in all Mexican states. It enjoys limited distribution in the United States, most notably Texas. It is a brown lager, and the company states that it should be enjoyed in both the cold weather of its founders' country of origin (Germany) and in the warmer areas of the southwestern USA and Mexico. 

This writer has sampled the beer, finding it comparable to other Heineken beers brands (Dos Equis, Sol, Tecate, etc.). One hopes that its American distribution will be expanded in coming years.

RJT



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Victoria

Victoria beer of Mexico, was introduced in 1865, and is, thus, the oldest existing Mexican beer brand. Compañía Cervecera de Toluca y México was the founding brewing company, and they were acquired by Groupo Modelo in 1935. Anheuser-Busch/InBev became the sole owner of Groupo Modelo in 2013.


At 4% alcohol, Victoria is low in alcohol. A Vienna lager, the beer is brown (or, amber), instead of the usual light gold or straw of mass-produced lagers. Victoria is made with water, barley malt, hops, corn, and yeast. The brewing company suggests that this beer not be served with lime.


Victoria was first imported into the U.S.A. in 2010, and, as of 2014, is available in 39 states. Anheuser-Busch/InBev markets it as an "ultra-premium" beer, and it is usually sold at about $9.00 to $10.00 per six-pack. It is available on draft and in six-packs and 24-packs of 12-ounce brown bottles.


I have sampled Victoria, and I suggest that all beer enthusiasts try this brand.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pacifico

Pacifico (Pacifico Clara) was introduced in 1900 in Mazatlan, Mexico by three German immigrants, who established the Cerveceria de Pacifico, which was acquired by Group Modelo in 1954. Groupo Modelo became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch/InBev in 2013.

Pacifico is a standard, mass-produced lager beer, produced from water, barley, hops, and yeast (no adjuncts), with 4.4% alcohol. It is sold on draft, in cans, and in bottles, and was first imported into the United States of America in 1985.

While no national television or radio advertising is given to the brand in the USA market, it does continue to be a rising Mexican import brand, enjoying widespread availability.

Pacifico Light was introduced in 2008 for the northern Mexico market.

This writer highly recommends the reader sample the mellow and delicious Pacifico Clara beer.

http://www.gmodelo.com.mx/marcas/marcas_propias_pacificolight_eng.jsp


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Modelo

The Modelo line of beer was established in 1925 in Mexico City with the creation of the Grupo Modelo brewing company. This company acquired other breweries over the years and now has a wide array of beers in its portfolio. InBev absorbed the business in 2013.

While Corona Extra is the number one beer around the world from Grupo Modelo, the Modelo branded beers are also very widespread and popular.

Modelo Especial, a lager, with 4.4% alcohol, was introduced in 1925, and it is the number two Mexican import in the USA and the number one canned Mexican import. This beer is sold in a number of bottle and can configurations.

Negra Modelo, a dark lager at 4.2% alcohol, is a well-known beer as well, and is widely available in the famous Modelo clear, squat 12-oz. bottle with the dignified foil shroud. It was introduced in 1926.

Modelo Light, sold in 12-oz. cans and bottles, was introduced in 1994 as Light Modelo. It is rated at 2.9% alcohol and is sold only in Mexico.

A new addition to the Modelo line, Modelo Chelada, with lime, salt, and tomato juice, was rolled out in 2013, and comes in at 3.5% alcohol, and is available in 24-oz. cans. The company recommends drinking this beer poured over ice.

The Modelo line of beers, noted for high quality, consistency, and competitive price positioning appeals to a large audience. This writer recommends a sampling of each beer in this venerable and respected line.

http://www.crownimportsllc.com/ourbrands/negramodelo.htm

http://www.gmodelo.mx/quienes_historia_eng.jsp

Friday, April 4, 2014

Corona Extra

Corona Extra was introduced by Groupo Modelo, an InBev subsidiary since 1913, in Mexico City in 1925. Always sold in its iconic clear bottle, except for the Corona Familiar (quart brown bottle, introduced in 1964), Corona Extra became Mexico's number one beer in 1935. Another notable Corona Extra trait is the painted-on bottle label, which was instituted in 1940. Interestingly, the draft version of the beer has only been sold since 1967. Introduced into the American market in 1976, Corona Extra has been the best-selling import brand in the United States since 1997.

Corona Extra (4.6% alcohol) is made with water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. Groupo Modelo does not indicate that the beer is produced with any corn or rice adjuncts. A light version, Corona Light (4.1% alcohol, 99 calories) was brought on line in 1989. The drinker will find that Corona Extra has a smooth, mellow, yet flavorful bready character, with a mild, appropriate hop note.

Found at just about every beer outlet, Corona Extra and Corona Light command a premium price, so this beer will not appeal to the bargain shopper. The beer receives extensive and heavy television, radio, and print advertising attention, and one will notice widespread sponsorship of many events by the brand.

Noted for its 7-ounce "Coronita" bottles, Corona Extra is sold in 12-ounce cans and bottles as well as larger bottles, even the 32-ounce "Familiar" brown bottle.

This writer highly recommends that the beer enthusiast sample these two distinguished and classic beer brands.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bohemia

Bohemia is a popular Mexican beer, introduced in 1905 in Monterrey. A pilsner beer, it is brewed according to the very popular style originated in Pilsen, Bohemia (at the time a kingdom of the Austrian Empire and today the Czech Republic). At 5.3% alcohol, it is a clear, golden beer, brewed with Styrian hops (originated in Styria, Austria). Presently, it is a brand of Cuauhetmoc Moctezuma, a Heineken International subsidiary.

This above-premium brand is quite common in Mexico and the United States, and one will often encounter it in Mexican restaurants. Bohemia is sold in stately dark-brown bottles with an ornate foil neck shroud.





In 2007 a new Bohemia brand, Bohemia Oscura, a Vienna lager was introduced. At 5.5% alcohol, this beer has a darker appearance and uses caramel and roasted malts.

A third Bohemia brand, Bohemia Weizen, a strong wheat beer, was rolled out in 2009. At 5.7% alcohol, this beer uses malted wheat, Mt. Hood hops, coriander, and orange peel in the brew.


Bohemia Chocolate Stout, the newest of the line, debuted in 2011 and comes in at 5.7% alcohol. Using crystal, brown, and chocolate malts, as well as a touch of Mexican cocoa, this beer will appeal to the extra-dark beer enthusiasts and is sold from October to March.

This writer has had the opportunity to sample the original Bohemia on a few occasions, and I look forward to being able to sample the others in this fascinating line of beers.

RJT