Friday, January 20, 2012

T.J.'s, 21Beer and Red Pig Ale

Tijuana brewing or T.J.'s makes a good beer compared to the mass produced lagers that are typical of Mexico, and that's how you need to evaluate this one. It's a light (yellow) lager but with much more flavor then for instance, Modelo. A slightly sweet bready beer with a fast dropping head and a mild floral hop aroma. Filtered and clean tasting. From the craft beers I've sampled her so far this is one of the better ones.

Cerveceria 21Beer
Calling itself a pale ale 21 Beer states 4.3% abv. and the ingredient list includes 'anti oxidant' besides the usual water, malt, hops and yeast. Interesting.
Cerveza Fina Artesanal is the apparent brewer for La Casa de La Cerveza which is located in the state of Jalisco although I'm unable to locate these guys on the web.  It is mysterious and my friend over at reviewed this beer in the past and that's the only way I was able to find the website for 21 Beer He also made mention that the beer is from Canada and I also noted this when I saw that the contact email is a Canadian address at: but chances are this is the distributor. I sent an email to the offices in Canada regarding the brewery name and location but as of this posting there is no reply. Nada.

21 Beer has Champagne and apple juice as the predominant flavors and this is reinforced with high carbonation bite and crystal clear straw color just like Champagne. Sweet bready malt and little to no hop in attendance and looks as though it is filtered.  A very un-typical pale ale.

Mexicali's Red Pig Ale is brewed and bottled by Cerveceria Mexicana out of Tecate, Baha California, Mexico. 
Brewed by cerveceria Mexican in Baha California the same people that brew the Mexicali label.
This is an ale with a good balance of crystal or caramel malt sweetness that offsets the substantial bitterness. Although the hop bitterness is appropriate for this malty beer there is little evidence of hop aroma but the hops do provide a hint of citrus flavor. Fruity, crisp and clean this beer appears filtered. A beautiful copper color with a full mouth feel and lasting head that laces the glass as it is drunk. This 5.5% abv ale is another example of a well made beer out of Baha California. Could it be the close proximity of Southern California that is influencing the quality of the Mexican beers coming from that part of the country?

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