SweetWater Mexican Style Lager
SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta
Available in the SweetWater summer variety 12-pack, in 6-packs at the brewery, and on draft at a limited number of metro bars and restaurants.
The brewer behind this second SweetWater Hatchery Series offering is Travis Stone, whose goal was to create “a proper Mexican-style lager, smooth and easy to drink with a superbly clear body.” For good measure, Stone added a “hefty dose” of El Dorado hops to give it some “nice, tropical fruit aromas.”
The result is an easy-drinking golden lager with a sweet, malty aroma and flavor that’s a bit like Negra Modelo and nothing like Corona. Beyond that, there’s more hop character than the typical Mexican lager, with the promised tropical notes, and enough bitterness to give it a craft beer edge. At 4.8-percent alcohol, it should do well as a summer sipper.
Of course, Mexican Style Lager a natural for picante Mexican food, from nachos and quesadillas to tacos, burritos and chiles rellenos. But it also makes a fine match for spicy red sauce Italian dishes, too, including pizza, sausage and peppers, and spaghetti and meatballs.
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