Beer Lovers’ Cultural Tour of Oaxaca launches
When I think of Mexico and beer, what comes to mind first is Corona, Mexico’s best-selling beer and a few lesser-known brands such as Dos Equis, Sol and Modelo. Craft beer not so much. So when I heard that the Beer Lovers’ Tour Co. was launching two new tours, one featuring beer from Oaxaca, I had to find out more. I’m all for enjoying the authenticity, creativity and excitement of a locally-produced brew so if there’s a new craft brewery near my home in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca count me in.
The launch event took place at Granite Brewery, a brew pub that’s been offering fine food and hand-brewed, all natural ale in Toronto since 1991. While I enjoyed a chilled mug of Hopping Mad, a copper-coloured pale ale, Oliver Dawson,owner of the Beer Lovers Tour Co. and Alvin Starkman, well-known in Oaxaca for his culinary tours and gracious Casa Machaya B & B, outlined the details of the new tour.
Designed for aficianados of craft beer who also want to learn about traditional Mexican distilled and fermented beverages, the nine-day tour offers a wide range of experiences. You’ll enjoy paired tastings at Teufel Nanocerveceria, Oaxaca’s first craft brewery, stop to visit with family-owned mezcal producers and participate in harvesting “honey water” used to make pulque, an alcoholic beverage from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. Along the way, you’ll take a cooking class with chef Pilar Cabrera, visit colonial churches, climb Zapotec ruins and meet many of the expert crafts people Oaxaca is so well known for.
The trip begins on November 1, 2013 which means you’ll also have the incredible opportunity to experience Day of the Dead in Mexico. It sounds like a fascinating journey of culture, cuisine and craft beer. I hope to tag along and will report back on my experience sampling Oaxaca’s first craft beer. Hopefully, I can convince them to ship a few cases to Puerto Escondido!
If You GO
Dates: November 1-9, 2013
Cost: $1,790 includes 8 nights accommodation, airport transfers, tours, daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 6 dinners and more. Airfare extra.
Travel: You can book the 9-day tour with Merit Vacations, a Canadian-based tour company who can also add-on extended stay options and arrange airfare. Call 1.866.341.1777