If you’ve been keeping track, Beer Pick has probably featured too many SweetWater products, lately.
I apologize for that. But the Southeast’s biggest craft brewery has been on a roll, with barrel-aged beers from The Woodlands and experimental offerings from its new Hatchery Series, not to mention a big anniversary and the 420 Fest.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today’s pick, SweetWater Mexican Style Lager, is the second beer from the Hatchery Series. SweetWater is debuting it on draft in the tasting room at the brewery today, and in six-packs to purchase to-go.
Otherwise, you can find it in the new SweetWater summer variety 12-pack, and on draft at a limited number of metro bars and restaurants, including Butcher & Brew in Alpharetta, Brick Store Pub and Raging Burrito in Decatur, and Hearth Pizza in Sandy Springs.
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.