Day of the Dead Amber Ale, Death Becomes You: Day 9 of my Advent Calendar exchange with my father, featuring a beer from Mexico that is brewed at a strength of 5.5% abv and features some pretty cool artwork on the bottle. I had never heard of this brewery before, but it turns out the also make the Trader José line of beers at Trader Joe’s so I have had some of their beer before.
Aroma and Appearance: This pours a clear copper colour with one finger of foam and a fairly robust carbonation level with an aroma of mostly earthy stone fruit and raisins.
Flavour: I got some earth, peaches, figs all up front, a general refreshing middle and a muted toffee finish.
Overall Impression: It’s a basic amber, would be pleased to drink this over Corona in Mexico.
Rating: About average at 5.5/10, drinkable and refreshing but not a lot going on.
Food Pairing: Carne Asada Tacos would be quite pleasant with this beer or put it in chili.
The name of this brewery Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead in Spanish) is named after a traditional October 31 – Nov 2 period in Mexico where families and friends gather to pray for and remember lost loved ones. Below is an award winning CGI short that speaks to the meaning of the day in a slightly heartfelt way.