Mexico! Tijuana! Beer that isn’t K9P? Isn’t Tijuana dangerous? Do they make in decent beers in Mexico?
The answer is yes to all of the above. The craft beer scene in Tijuana has taken off like a Chihuahua with a red hot chili pepper up its posterior in the last few years. And to prove it Brewery Tours San Diego has a frequent tour that crosses the 32nd parallel and becomes ‘Tours de Cervecería Tijuana’. Your friendly tour guide and driver Steve becomes ‘Sancho el conductor de limusina’. Forever changes.
At last count Baja had 17 breweries. Unfortunately for you and Sancho they span the 1,000 mile length of the Baja peninsula with Mamut being the closest and the Baja Brewing Company in Cabo San Lucas the furthest.
So you are not going to be doing a brewery tour of Baja in a day – or even a week. But despair not dear beerster there is an elegant solution, and it comes in the shape of a Tijuana beer emporium called the Baja Craft Beer Tasting room conveniently located at Calle Orizaba 3003 E5. Don’t worry about mapping it, Sancho will transport you there on his magic carpet. The tasting room, which is more like a small cathedral features about 30 draft beers from Baja breweries plus more than 20 from the US and other parts of the globe.
The new breed of Baja beers are an unashamed nod to their cousins across the border. Many of the beers recall San Diego brews. See if you can spot the taste-alikes. And tread most carefully when confronted with beers that have names like ‘Escorpion Negro’ – Black Scorpion. You know it’s going to have a sting in its tail.