Craft beer has experienced a significant boom nationwide, although its consumption is still less than 1% of the beer market. If you prefer alternatives to industrial brewing, we recommend these five Mexico City breweries where you can experience a craft chelita.
Almacén Monstruo de Agua
Almacén Monstruo de Agua could be considered the tap room of Monstruo de Agua, perhaps one of the most experimental breweries in Mexico City and Mexico as a whole. In reality, it is much more than that. It’s a space that spotlights the various projects of the Mexican terroir, with special attention paid to the sustainability and traceability of ingredients, many of them organic. Beyond tasting their extraordinary beers, brewed with prickly pear, mushrooms, cempasúchil (Mexican marigold), fig leaves, among many other ingredients, the food here is also splendid. Warm and pleasant, it satisfies the stomach and the heart. If you want a beer with a Mexican identity, this is definitely the place.
Ámsterdam 46, Hipódromo Condesa, Cuauhtémoc
Lovers of hoppy beers will find the perfect bitter tastes here, in the best of sense of the word, of course. Morenos is known for their cloudy, hoppy, and bitter beers. They have a menu that is on par with the brews, offering tasty tacos and aguachile. Note, on Mondays all their beers sell for just 60 pesos, perhaps a dangerous way to start the week. You can also order beers to go and take home some of their creatively labeled cans.
Chiapas 173, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc
A multi-award winning brewery located in Colonia Roma is a fun and friendly place to gather and share a plate of wings on one of the two terraces set up on the street. There is a style for every taste, including the regular line of beers that is always available. But it’s a great opportunity to sample something new from the range of experimentation in their latest batches.
Tonalá 342, Roma Sur, Cuauhtémoc
This cozy establishment in Colonia Juarez is meant for those who are looking to try brews of different styles and flavors and from different latitudes. Keeping an emphasis on Mexico, there are also beers from Belgium, England and Germany, among others. They offer burgers, pizzas, and other tasty snacks to go with them. A small place but with an excellent selection. And if you want a bit more, they have another location in Colonia Narvarte with 52 lines on tap.
Roma 13, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc
Located in the Portales neighborhood, this tavern pairs rock and roll and craft beer, with a quality selection of imported and Mexican brews. Good times are guaranteed between great music and even better beer as this space offers a pleasing alternative atmosphere to the usual brew pub. And to sweeten the deal, Sunday brunch comes with a special seasonal dish and beer. Who needs mimosas?
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 409, Portales, Benito Juárez