American craft brewers are always searching for, and experimenting with, the next craze in beer styles. Among the recent favorites are Mexican-style lagers – crisp, crushable brews that are plenty refreshing with a hint of sweetness and citrus. They’re popping up at larger operations like Oskar Blues to super-small projects like Lo-Fi Brewing in Charleston, S.C. One thing I really like about these lagers, is that they won’t blow your palate off. They’re not hop bombs or decadent barrel-aged stouts, which is further proof that good beers can also be light and simple.
These American variations surely owe a debt to the big market Mexican brands that dominate store shelves and Tex-Mex restaurants. Still, U.S. brewers have given the Mexican Lager its own character. A six pack of any of these beers is sure to cure an ache for warmer, sunnier days and stir up some summer nostalgia along the way.