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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
Av.Alfonso Reyes Norte No.2202
Colonia Bellavista
64442 Monterrey
Telephone: +52 81 8 328 5000
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Opened: 1890

Annual Production: 22,600,000 hl

U.S. Importer: Cervezas Mexicanas, White Plains, NY

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Jacob Sjúrður Hansen

Jacob Sjúrður Hansen gives us the brewery's history:

Moctezuma (Motecuhzoma in Nahuatl) was an Aztec emperor of Tenochtitlan and Cuauhtémoc was his son. Cervecería Cuahtemoc was established in 1890 in Monterey by Isaac Garza, José A. Muguerza, Joseph M. Schnaider and Francisco Sada. German brewer Wilhelm Hasse established Guillermo Hasse y Compañía in 1894 in Orizaba, which changed name to Cervecería Moctezuma in 1896.Dos Equis was originally named “Siglo XX”, meaning 20th century, to signify the approaching millennium. Dos Equis Amber was first imported to the U.S. in 1973 and Dos Equis Special Lager in 1983. The name Bohemia comes from the Czech region of Eastern Bohemia. The Czech Emperor in Vienna sent a Czech brewmaster to Mexico to teach the Mexicans how to brew beer. Cerveza Sol was first brewed in 1899 by a small German brewery, situated some where between Puebla and Veracruz, and later acquired by Cervecería Cuahtemoc, who in 1954 also bought a small brewery in Tecate, Baja California and it’s beer brand Tecate. In 1985 Cuauhtémoc and Moctezuma merged to form Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma. In 1988 FEMSA (Fomento Económico Mexicano Cervecería Cuauhtémoc) was established, as a mother company of FEMSA Cerveza (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma) and other factories. FEMSA Cerveza has 6 breweries in Mexico: Guadalajara (1970), Monterrey (1890), Navojoa (1991), Orizaba (1894), Tecate (1943) and Toluca (1969). About 8% of the the beer production is exported, 90% of that to the U.S. market. FEMSA’s headquarters is in Monterey, at the oldest brewery in Mexico. In October 2005 FEMSA bought back its 30% of FEMSA Cerveza from InBev. FEMSA is now free to work with Heineken N.V. to make Heineken USA the sole US importer of FEMSA Cerveza's brands.

Updated: November 10, 2011

Beer List

  • 5.30% abv.
    • Date: August 10, 1997 (#2127)
      Package: bottled
      Place: The Liquor Collection, Honolulu HI
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Pale golden, high carbonation, no head. Very nice floral-spicy aroma. Good body, nice nutty-malty flavor. Pretty clean finish. Nice beer.

  • 5.50% abv.

    • Date: August 9, 1997 (#2110)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Ryan's Grill, Honolulu HI
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Quite pale, good carbonation and head. Smells like fresh water. Fairly dry, OK malt flavor. Good bitterness in the middle doesn't last.

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    Australasian, Latin American, or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    4.50% abv.
    • Date: May 21, 2007 (#6512)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 14 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright pale golden. Very high carbonation. Thick head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Very sweet and very grainy.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Light body. Moderately fizzy. Really sweet. Really clean.
      Overall Impression (1½)
      No wonder people put lime in it.

  • Vienna-Style Lager

  • Australasian, Latin American, or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    4.50% abv.

  • Australasian, Latin American, or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    4.50% abv.

  • Australasian, Latin American, or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    4.50% abv.