The first words that come to mind when thinking “beer” and “Mexico” may be brand names like Corona, Tecate and Pacífico—and rightly so. Mexican cervezas have made a name for themselves around the world, and are consumed locally in spectacular amounts. However, in recent years, Mexico has jumped aboard the craft-beer bandwagon, with local, artisanal brewers sharing their creations locally and internationally. These days, you can sip on many of these sudsy brews at restaurants, bars, beer shops, and even microbreweries in DF.
But Mexico’s appreciation for beer goes far beyond the boundaries of national pride. Locals aren’t just interested in Mexican brews, but in unusual and esoteric ales, lagers, bocks, and stouts from all over the globe. In Mexico City, beer drinking has become something of its own art form, and many of the city’s best brewpubs boast not just extensive lists of domestic and international beers, but snacks, personality, and great atmosphere, too.
Located in the heart of Condesa, this laid-back watering hole was once local brewery Cervecería Minerva’s outlet store. It now sells more than 160 international and national beers, from classic stouts and ales to apple and coconut-flavored brews. With a snack menu featuring sandwiches and pizzas, it’s a solid choice to kick off an evening of bar-hopping in the area.
La Graciela - Taller de Cerveza
This popular microbrewery is justifiably hyped for in-house creations like the Gose Leipzig and the spices-and-herbs Brujas—either of which can be paired with Vienna and Polish sausages and huge tortas de milanesa. Snag an outdoor table for the best people-watching or head, inside to catch a soccer game on one of the flat-screen TVs.
Grüner Hof Biergarten at Mercado Roma
Set above a buzzing food hall in Colonia Roma, this rooftop beer garden may just snag the title of Most Coveted Hotspot in town. Trying the many on-tap suds varieties is a must-do; once you’re ready for second gear, the Fresa Smash (gin, strawberries, cucumber and a hint of balsamic) is a refreshing standout among the cocktails.
Craft beer and artisanal mezcal are the stars at this restaurant and bar, whether you’re opting for the house brew (Escollo), or asking your server for recommendations from the rotating list. Need more variety? You can BYOB from nearby store La Belga, which offers more than 200 international brews (from Germany and Belgium to Jamaica and Singapore) as well as 20 domestic varieties.
A long bar, huge planters, and piñatas make this lively Coyoacán bar one of the most popular in the area. Of course, it’s also beloved because of its fantastic beer selection, featuring more than 140 varieties. Sample local offerings like Jaguar Pale Ale and Minerva Stout Imperial, or try a Stella Artois (Belgium) or a Rogue (USA).