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  1. AleSmith Brewing Sublime Mexican Lager Release and Event Details • thefullpint.com
    June 22, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

    […] READ: This Whole Mexican Lager Thing […]

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  2. Ben
    May 9, 2017 @ 6:37 am

    So you are against Light Amerifan Lagers, NEIPA’s, white IPAs, RIS’s, etc…?

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  3. Bill
    May 5, 2017 @ 10:59 am

    On the validity of the term “Mexican lagers” beyond simply “A lager brewed in Mexico”: No arguments obviously on Mexican lagers’ heritage coming from Europe, but… would you agree that one can recognize that the taste profile of the set of “lagers brewed in Mexico and imported to the US” is distinct enough from “Bud/Miller/Coors and their light variants” and both these sets are distinct taste-wise from “Molson/Labatts and their variants” and all three are distinct taste-wise from “Heineken/Grolsch/etc.”… ? I think drinkers know what they expect a “Mexican lager” to taste like, consider it different enough from the various other sets of lagers, and thus have a reason to say “hey, have a Mexican beer with that food you’re calling Mexican food.” We can disagree or agree on the food pairing, but I’m pretty sure you’d recognize that there’s… well, not terroir, but something that helps you recognize a beer as “Mexican” when you drink it, the way you’d assume another lager was a Euro-lager when you drank that. And I think US breweries are presumably trying to replicate that flavor profile when they brew a “Mexican-style” beer. Yep, also, they’re chasing $$$. And yep, maybe calling “Mexican-style lager” a “Style” is going too far. But I bet you could drink one and say, “no, they missed the mark” or “yeah, tastes like Modelo Especial”.

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  4. Bill
    May 5, 2017 @ 10:41 am

    No arguments obviously on Mexican lagers’ heritage coming from Europe, but… I’d assert that one can recognize that the taste profile of the set of “lagers brewed in Mexico and imported to the US” is distinct enough from “Bud/Miller/Coors and their light variants” and both these sets are distinct taste-wise from “Molson/Labatts and their variants” and all three are distinct taste-wise from “Heineken/Grolsch/etc.”… I think drinkers know what they expect a “Mexican lager” to taste like, consider it different enough from the various other sets of lagers, and thus have a reason to say “hey, have a Mexican beer with that food you’re calling Mexican food.” We can disagree or agree on the food pairing, but I’m pretty sure you’d recognize that there’s… well, not terroir, but something that helps you recognize a beer as “Mexican” when you drink it, the way you’d assume another lager was a Euro-lager when you drank that. And I think US breweries are presumably trying to replicate that flavor profile when they brew a “Mexican-style” beer.

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  5. Mark
    May 4, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

    What kind of nonsense is this?

    You start the article carrying on about how people from Mexico that want to point out the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo are basically people that should get over themselves. In the same breath you have a problem with people not being specific about what a Mexican Lager truly is?

    Are you intentionally being a hypocrite, or are you just a moron? And your moron readers agreeing with you are just as bad.

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  6. Aron
    May 3, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    Hey Bob, clearly you have no idea who Lew Bryson is. Unlike you, Lew has been one of the most respected beer and whisk(e)y writers on the scene for twenty years.

    Clearly he rustled your jimmies, to use a phrase I’m sure near and dear to your heart.

    Now why don’t you think about it before you cut yourself on that edginess.

    (Also, anyone who uses the term ‘SJW’ in an argument automagically loses said argument. )

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  7. CraftCascade
    May 3, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    Definitely takes some courage to take a stance like that in the days of the Internet. I hope people can see that you did say it’s a good style of beer. I’ll definitely be discussing this with my friends. Great read!

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  8. Leslie Patino
    May 3, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

    Great piece, Lew! My husband, a third generation Cuauhtemoc employee, brewed for over 25 years at Cuauhtemoc and Coors. Ever since we first heard of U.S. Mexican-style lagers, he’s said exactly what you did. They’re basically macro-style Vienna lagers with–gasp!–corn. Tell me again, whatever happened to all that high-minded talk about how craft brewers will never cheapen their beers with adjuncts?

    Signed,
    Not a #1 fan of U.S. Mexican lagers or Mexican Mexican lagers

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  9. Bob
    May 2, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

    You’re a fucking jackass. This is the equivalent of an SJW screaming cultural appropriation. What’s next no Italian food? It’s beer you idiot, stop taking the fun out of it. To quote myself – “you suck and your opinion is dogshit.” Thankfully you’re in a cubicle and not running a brewery because god knows the world needs another BA beer.

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