We also don’t always spotlight Mexican beers, but when we do, we spotlight Dos Equis. Known for its often-quoted commercials, Dos Equis is a big brand with a small product line. For a Mexican brewing company to make it big with only two iconic beers to its name, that says something about its taste and quality.
The upcoming Cinco-de-Mayo holiday couldn’t be a more fitting tie-in with this popular brew. The Mexican victory over the French served as a morale boost to the Mexican army and citizens in general, because the Mexican army was half the size of the French and had much weaker equipment. Nonetheless, the Mexican army pulled through, much like how Dos Equis has conquered a beer market with just two beers. Both had a small number of forces but dominated with strength.
Here’s to knocking back a few cold ones and celebrating a day of victory.
Dos Equis Ambar
This beer pulls inspiration from all over the world. Although it’s brewed in Germany, it gets its style and taste from Mexico, while still having hints of North American roasted malts. It’s described as a classic Vienna-style lager, while still representing a full and flavorful body. Dos Equis Ambar was the first born of the Dos Equis name.
ABV: 4.7 percent
Dos Equis Lager Especial
Perhaps the counterpart to Ambar, Dos Equis Lager presents a light and crisp body. It’s made from pure spring water and very specific hops to give it the clean and balanced finish. A summertime signature, Dos Equis Lager Especial was the second coming to the Dos Equis name and is featured in many of the Dos Equis cocktails.
ABV: 4.3 percent
Dos Equis Dos-A-Rita
The newest addition to the Dos Equis family is the Dos-A-Rita. This concoction is a blend of classic lime and agave margarita flavors mixed with Dos Equis Lager Especial. It combines your favorite classic Mexican beverage with your favorite Mexican beer in one glass, with added hints of orange and tequila.
ABV: 7.2 percent
Availability: Year-round, currently only sold in Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. More availability coming soon. Stay up to date on Dos Equis availability by visiting www.dosequis.com.
Dos Equis Ambar and Lager can be found at most bars, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations around the metro. CV
Ambar. Ambar refers to the type of copper- or red-colored beer that uses American hops and usually has a heavy body. It originated in the West Coast and is an American style of beer. Ambar beers tend to have a caramel malt flavor.
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a fiesta of tacos, salsa, guacamole and a tall glass of Dos Equis? A staple at any Cinco party will include your best family recipe for spicy salsa, which pairs nicely with the bold undertones and strong flavor of Dos Equis Ambar. The roasted malts also make a great complement to beef tacos with cilantro.
For dinner, try something a bit heavier with a pork carnitas taco and a Dos Equis Lager. The lightness of the beer will combat the heaviness of the pork to create the perfect balance.
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