The great thing about events like Taste London is that you get to sample the household names, like Pilsner Urquell, but you also inevitably end up discovering something new and exciting. For me, that exciting discovery was Day of the Dead beer, craft beer all the way from Mexico.
Now, I’m just going to get this out of the way. I was pretty impressed by the illustration work on the bottles and intrigued by their selection, especially the porter, but my expectations were low. Ultimately, the popularity of craft beer has meant a fast increase in microbreweries and, in turn, some excellent beer, but we’ve also seen some proper stinkers too (no names mentioned). I also often associate Mexico with lighter beers such as lager, so I was keen (but a little apprehensive) to try the heavier offerings.
I started with a little of the Hefewiezen and was instantly impressed by the thick aroma of bananas and cloves. I expected it to be fairly heavy in body, but actually the (small) taste I had was light while still retaining those stronger caramel flavours.
|Beautiful label artwork|
Next just had to be the Porter and…look, I’m going to be really honest and say I was expecting it to be awful. It wasn’t. It was rich in flavour, chocolate and caramel coming through, but light enough in body and ABV to sip in summer.
|Is it just me or does he look a bit like Skeletor?|
I hope to get the opportunity to try a lot more of Day of the Dead beers selection. I like the idea of bringing a little bit of Mexico to my tiny part of London (especially as it’s supposed to rain tomorrow- boo!)