It may not look like spring in Durango, Colorado, but the return of Ska Mexican Logger means it’s close.
While Mexican lagers have increased in popularity in recent years, Ska Brewing has been releasing this beer since 1999. That’s longer than half the craft breweries in the United States have been around. The brewery touts this as Colorado’s first craft lager in a can when it hit aluminum in 2011.
The 5% alcohol by volume lager is brewed with a lager yeast strain from Mexico City – the same strain that also ferments Ska’s Rue B. Soho Grapefruit.
Crisp, clean, and refreshing — made for hot afternoons with a side of lime.
Ska Mexican Logger is available in 12-ounce cans and draft from March 20th through Summer 2019.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft Seasonal Release.
Distribution: Colorado, Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.
Arches Brewing Mexican Empire will debut this week in cans for the first time.
The Mexican lager, known formally as the Vienna lager, saw a big surge in craft brewing last summer. Arches Brewing Mexican Empire was a draft only seasonal for the brewery in the past, but the brewery has found that demand has completely out-paced production.
Mexican Empire is the fourth can release by the Hapeville, Georgia based brewery.
“This has been one of those beers that snuck up on us. As a team, it’s been one of our favorites and we always felt like it would be a really drinkable Spring seasonal. As more people tasted it, we kept getting asked to brew it more often and package it.” – Arches co-founder Ryan Fogelgren
Mexican Empire joins Unseasonable Lager, Southern Bel’, and Queen’s Weisse in the brewery’s 12-ounce can offerings, debuting on June 28th.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 6/28/18
Good People Muchacho Mexican Style Lager officially debuts year-round.
Lagers aren’t limited to the big breweries anymore. The demand for craft lagers grew in 2017, and we doubt 2018 will be any different. Tack on a new Vienna lager (aka Mexican-style lager) out of Birmingham, Alabama courtesy of Good People Brewing. ‘Muchacho‘ has begun hitting shelves.
According to the brewery, the initial taproom release of Muchacho as a small/test batch was tremendous, prompting not only the upgrade to cans but year-round status.
“We are really excited to be offering this beer year round, Muchacho was a hit in the taproom when we first released it, and we thought it would be a nice style to add to our growing profile.” – Adam Klein, Head Brewer
Good People Muchacho is now available in 12-ounce cans and draft, hitting markets the week of February 19th.
Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Columbus, Liberty
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Dextrin, Flaked Corn
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
4.8% ABV, 18 IBUs
Two southern California pioneers are teaming up this spring. Music and beer fuse in forthcoming Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager.
Unless you’ve been living under rock, you’ve heard the musical stylings of SoCal’s Sublime, best known for the song “Santeria” and “What I Got”. 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the band’s debut album 40oz to Freedom? The duo is celebrating accordingly.
When you hail from Southern California and are celebrating an album called 40oz to Freedom, what do you brew? A Mexican-style lager. In 40 ounce bottles.
You don’t see a lot of “40s” in craft brewing. When Alesmith’s owner Peter Zien sat down with the band, he learned Sublime has an affinity for the Vienna-style lager (brewed heavily in Mexico, aka Mexican Lager). The style is very crisp and clean, finishing slightly sweet. A fitting style for sunny SoCal weather, or tailgating for a concert.
“It doesn’t taste like anything else. The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!” – Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh. “
The 40 ounce bottles are a special release, sold as ticket pre-order on July 8th, on sale July 15th. The keg tapping party with include drummer Bud Gaugh, and DJ PRODUCT 1969c, who worked on Sublimes Robbin’ The Hood album.
Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft year-round starting in June, 2017.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, 40oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (40oz Bottles): July, 2017
Cans: August, 2017
Image: AleSmith Brewing
For the first time in SweetWater’s 20 year history, the brewery finally has a pilot system. In keeping with the fishing and rivers theme, the 5 barrel brewhouse is lovingly called “The Hatchery”. The little brewhouse pales in comparison to the 400 barrel brewhouse just a few hundred feet away. This month a second release from the pilot system emerges – SweetWater Mexican Style Lager.
The first release from The Hatchery was SweetWater Mosaic IPA, a single hopped spin on their venerable year-round IPA. Side note – that beer is fantastic. Many fans hope that beer gets full-scale brewhouse treatment.
This Mexican-style lager is actually a Vienna lager, brewed a little lighter and sweeter than its American cousin. SweetWater’s Travis Stone wanted an easy drinking beer to chug as the weather gets warmers, and by the looks of it, he’s done it.
Slightly sweet, malty, and tropical fruit aromas.
SweetWater Mexican Style Lager will be available in 12 ounce bottles (in the brewery’s variety pack) and draft, starting Friday May 5th.
Style: Mexican Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.=
Sierra Nevada (CA/NC) is currently packaging a new mixed pack for the fall. The new case will contain Pale Ale, Tumbler, Vienna Lager, and Oktoberfest.
While Pale Ale is year round, and Tumbler is a fall offering, Vienna Lager and Oktoberfest have never been officially bottled until now.
The Mills River, North Carolina facility is currently packaging the 12 packs. (Presumably Chico, California as well.)
In addition, 24 bottle cases are being produced, specifically reserved for bulk buy warehouses (Sam’s Club, CostCo, etc.)
About Vienna-style Lager:
The flavor plays slightly toward caramel and toasted lager malt, but remains balanced and drinkable with a clean finish perfect for a summer session.
Heavy Seas is rebranding Marzen to Cutlass Amber Lager in 2013. Marzen (Cutlass) is the brewery’s most award winning beer. Less of a marzen, and more of a vienna style lager- Cutlass has gone through identity changes, from BaltoMÃ¤rzHon, Heavy Seas MÃ¤rzen, and now Cutlass Amber.
Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Vienna, and Munich malts, this amber lager boasts a toasted biscuity flavor, perfectly balanced with Noble hops yielding a well rounded, smooth drinking beer.
Style: Vienna Lager Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. Year round