Thursday, June 13, 2024

Beer Review Lägermaiz


Lägermaiz Next to World Showcase Lagoon
Lägermaiz Next to World Showcase Lagoon

I love running down a rabbit hole!

When this day started I thought I would write a history on corn beer or Chicha de Jora. I mean, the grain in some locations is traditionally chewed to prepare the mash. And in the United States, we have often debated the use of corn as a supplement to grain in our beers. Is your pilsner secretly hiding corn? Only your brewer may truly know! Corn and beer is just an interesting topic.

As I’ve looked at the drafts available at La Cantina de San Angel in Epcot and found myself intrigued. On my last visit, I grabbed the Hercules draft which is "Lägermaiz", a corn-based beer. Okay, this is clearly not a chewed corn beer, as it’s a very light yellow with no cloudiness. "Lägermaiz" is a crushabale 5 ABV with no IBUs. The taste to me came off as a light lager (beer which tastes like beer) with a touch of sweetness from the corn that pleased me as a boy from the Midwest. It was smooth and pleasing overall. I think this is accessible to drinkers on all levels as it’s not bitter and is very refreshing. 

A pint of  Lägermaiz

Ignore corn, I was introduced Hercules or Hercules Brewing was a mystery to me. Compañía Cervecera Hércules S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican brewery that I have never heard of! Their website is only in Spanish but shows a lot of canned beers to choose from, pictures of an outdoor seating area, and some delightful photos from around the city. They are images that make me want to take a vacation to Mexico! Since I don’t speak Spanish and am lazy, I asked Chat GPT to tell me about the brewery..and then I laughed again:

“Compañía Cervecera Hércules S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican brewery company that produces and markets various types of beer. Here are some key points about Compañía Cervecera Hércules:

  1. Location: The company is based in Mexico.

  2. History: Compañía Cervecera Hércules has a history of brewing beer, likely dating back several years.

  3. Products: The company produces a range of beer products, which may include different styles such as lagers, ales, and specialty brews.

  4. Market Presence: While specific details about their market share or distribution network are not provided, Compañía Cervecera Hércules likely competes in the Mexican beer market alongside other well-known breweries.

  5. Mission and Values: The company likely has its own mission statement and values that guide its operations, focusing on quality brewing, customer satisfaction, and possibly social responsibility initiatives (OpenAI. (2024). ChatGPT (3.5) [Large language model].

Every company should have mission and values right? Maybe AI is a little behind on taking over the Earth!

But seriously, this is what I love! I know very little about Compañía Cervecera Hércules S.A. de C.V.! But Epcot is introducing me to a beverage and brewery that I’ve never run into in my entire life. And with a small number of check-ins and ratings in Untappd, my bet is Epcot is a place where many are stumbling onto this brew. To me, this is part of the mission of Epcot, bringing the world to guests and helping us see a larger connected world! This is exactly what I am looking for at Epcot Festivals and don’t get enough of. Bravo Mickey!

Who Drinks This? There are so many options. If you are in the Mexico Pavilion, let’s say awaiting a showing of Luminous, "Lägermaiz" is refreshing and a good beverage to wash down a dinner or pre-nighttime speculator evening nightcap. If you are a beer nerd who likes to sample various styles and different new to you breweries, you can use this beer to check off two items. And finally, for those super into the mission and spirit of Epcot, cheers!

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