I’m willing to bet that if you’re picking up beer for Cinco de Mayo, there’s one brand that immediately comes to mind. It starts with “C” and ends with “corona.”

And that’s understandable, because they are marketing geniuses who’ve managed to associate their beer with all things Mexico and beach-related.

But hey, maybe mix it up this year, amigo. Here are five more beers to toast the Mexican Army’s upset victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. You totally knew that’s what you were celebrating, right?


Dos Equis

ABV: 4.3%
What the brewer says: Dos Equis Lager Especial is a golden pilsner-style beer made from pure spring water and the choicest hops.
What a reviewer says: This is a good lunchtime sneak-beer, because it has no discernible scent.


Negra Modelo

ABV: 5.4%
What the brewer says: Brewed longer to enhance the flavors, this Munich Dunkel-style Lager gives way to rich flavor and remarkably smooth taste.
What a reviewer says: If you’re looking for a rich beer to pair with a good meal – Mexican or otherwise – this is a fantastic choice.



ABV: 4.5%
What the brewer says: In 1900, three German brewers established Cervecería del Pacifico in the small Mexican port town of Mazatlán. Word of the exceptionally drinkable pilsner-style lager traveled fast.
What a reviewer says: A bit more bitter and hefty that Corona, many beer drinkers view this as the best of the Mexican light lagers.



ABV: 4.5%
What the brewer says: The authentic Mexican beer since 1899.
What a reviewer says: It’s slightly darker – a moderate gold rather than the usual pale yellow – than most Mexican beers, a hint to its deeper and richer taste.



ABV: 4.5%
What the brewer says: An authentic full-bodied lager with a grainy, crisp malt flavor and a pleasant aftertaste – the way a Mexican cerveza should be.
What a reviewer says: Light, sweet malt in the nose, low hop bitterness, charming carbonation all combine to form a refreshing, clean lager. Bring on the sunshine and light the barbecue.