Monday, May 5, 2014
Cinco De Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
How this celebration of a victory against an invading force translates to beer, I don't know. But who am I to argue.
Perhaps because Grupo Modelo has been promoting it as a beer holiday since the 1920's.
So, I decided to celebrate this Mexican holiday with my favorite gringo and a couple of Grupo Modelo brews.
Modelo Especial (4.40% ABV) although an import it is considered an American Adjunct Lager. It is pale and effervescent. It's light tasting, inoffensive, and easy drinking. It's certainly nothing special, it is what it is, but it doesn't suck. And, it's cheap. If you want something cold and wet to slam down on a hot day, you could do worse. Overall: Okay
Victoria (4.00% ABV) is supposedly a Vienna lager. It is a light clear amber. It was malty, grainy, and a little sweet but with a metallic twang that was very off-putting. Disappointing. This is a beer that's been produced since the mid-1800's but I can't imagine that what I'm tasting now is what they tasted then or it wouldn't have survived this long. Overall: meh
Happy Cinco De Mayo!!