Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Options For Cinco De Mayo

It's Cinco De Mayo, America's favorite day to indulge in the wonderfully addicting food of Mexico and of course booze! Along with all the wonderful tequila's that will be consumed so will copious quantities of Tecate's, Pacifico's, Dos Equis and heaven forbid Bud Lime. I am here just to drop a friendly note regarding alternatives to these American-style lagers and some tasty dishes to pair with them!

Cucapá, named after the native tribe of Baja California, or Cerveceria de Baja California is a first in Mexican craft beer advocacy promoting a culture for good beer and awareness that there is more to beer than just Pacifico.

The Cucapá Honey Amber (4.5%) is a beautifully sessionable beer with a rich tan color and aromas of toasty nuts and light citrus. It's flavor had a deep flavor, almost of a savory french toast, very bright and refreshing. This beer plays well with the that of lightly salted corn chips and my Mango-Avocado Salsa!

Mango-Avocado Salsa
1 Firm but ripe Avocado, peeled + diced
1 Mango, peeled + diced
1 Jalapeno, roasted+ chopped
1/3 Cup Red Onion, chopped
3 key limes
chopped cilantro to taste
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
Salt and Pepper

The Cucapá Obsura Brown Ale (4.5%) pours a bay brown with swirls of roasted toffee and molasses aromas. It's dry nutty flavor with hints of dutched chocolate make for a lovely pairing with Carne Asada!

The Chupacabra has indeed been found in Cucapá's Pale Ale (5.8%)! A medium bodied, deep caramel colored ale with citrus and savory complexities is the perfect companion for your evenings main dish of Camarones A La Diabla or Pescado Al Mojo De Ajo.

Of all the beer's that I've tasted by Cerveceria de Baja California my favorite by far is the Cucapá Barleywine (10%). With gobs and layers of caramel and chocolate covered orange peel, this black cherry colored barleywine is the perfect night cap for your cozy Cinco de Mayo dinner.

For those of you planning to do more drinking than cooking for Cinco De Mayo and in my growing excitement for the upcoming Boonville Beerfest I would also like to tell you about my new guilty pleasure that is Anderson Valley Brewing Co.'s Cerveza Crema (5.6%). This is a super smooth, lightly sweet cream ale reminiscent of an old fashioned cream soda. I was super excited when I tried this because of it's simplicity and it's crisp finish, perfect for a hot day! If you're looking for something to pair with your fiesta's flan this is definitely the beer!

Have a fun and safe festivity! ¡Salud!


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