Lyons, CO & Brevard, NC
A new kid on the Mexican lager block, Oskar Blues’ Beerito is the latest in the can-centric Colorado brewery’s lineup. This 4% ABV refresher manages to pack way more punch than your average Corona-esque fare, its rich amber body teeming with roasty honey and aromatic tree nuts. Crispy noble hops slide in at the finish, cutting through any residual sweetness.
Clocking in at a dangerously drinkable 8% ABV, Minnesota’s Indeed Brewing is responsible for the heftiest lager of the lot. Floral and fruity with a well-heeled fresh, grassy bitterness, this imperial lager is bursting with all the bright, body-defying flavor you can imagine. Grab one of these tall boys when you’re craving something light on the palate but heavy on the liquor.
Salt Lake City, UT & Denver, CO
Epic Brewing Co. celebrated this year’s Cinco de Mayo with the release of their latest and greatest creation: Los Locos, the uber-creative Salt Lake City brewery’s first ever Mexican-style lager. The 4.8% ABV brew distinguishes itself from the light lager masses by incorporating lime juice and briney sea salt into the recipe, a genius move inspired by warm-weather favorites like gose and fruit beer. With each sip, the citrus invigorates the taste buds while the body coasts by on a wave of smooth corn, finally crashing into a shore of salty dryness that just begs for another.
Cleveland’s Great Lakes is known far and wide for its solid array of expertly crafted beers and their spring seasonal Mexican-style lager is no exception to the rule. Clocking in at 5.4% ABV with a subtle tartness, gentle body, and exquisitely floral nose, the hibiscus flower-infused Grandes Lagos is a proudly Midwestern take on the classic style. Best served lakeside alongside fresh mango salsa, tortilla chips, and all the sun Ohio can muster.
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Meredith Heil is a staff writer for Thrillist. Lately she’s been drinking like there’s a message in a bottle. Follow her at @mereditto.