I can't be held responsible for the quality of this picture, my guide took it!
I've been on tours of large breweries before and this one, like the others, was impressive simply because of the grand scale of the operation. But I space out trying to comprehend the vastness of ginormous production plants like this. It simply overwhelms me. Looking around, I generally understood the enormous equipment used, the boil kettles, lauter tuns, etc. but was again amazed and confused by the abundant and seemingly endless stretches of oversized stainless steel pipes coming from and leading back to who knows where.
Leaving the main brewing room, we spent a little time in the bottling facility watching miles of conveyor belts shuttle thousands of bottles. Next to this was the bottle cleaning machine. In Mexico, deposits are paid on the bottles and most beer bottles are returned to the retailer after consumption. They are then returned to the bottling plant where they get cleaned, sanitized and refilled. Because of this, it's difficult for homebrewers to accumulate bottles for their own use. As we stood watching from an elevated platform with the high pitched grinding of gears and clattering bottles my guide explained important information. It was difficult to understand what he was saying to me as he competed with the loud machines. I couldn't hear over the noise, I just nodded.
The tour ended quickly and I was anxious to get to the sampling. He led me to an outdoor picnic area that was shaded with huge canopies with Tecate printed across the top. A stand up refrigerator stood behind a worn plywood bar. beside this was a wall mounted display case with the many different labels of beers. I was about to write many different 'styles' of beer but there are really only two styles found at Moctezuma, light or dark lager. In any case I noticed a bottle of bock but was quickly told that that was a seasonal beer of limited supply and not available now.
I looked through the assortment.
"Bohemia?" I asked.
Then I noticed and asked about the Superior brand but again, no, that is an export which you can get in the U.S.
"How about a Dos Equis?" he asked.
"Sure." I replied.
"O.K., light or dark?"