Beery Christmas Day 11: Cerveceria Mexicana La Bufadora Maibock
Cerveceria Mexicana La Bufadora Maibock
“I'm gonna show you kids the time of your life. Get ready for two weeks at the happiest place on Earth...TIJUANA!!!!” -Krusty the Clown
Cerveceria Mexicana is a Mexican brewery from Tijuana, a city in the northern-eastern corner of Baja California just a short drive east from the Pacific Ocean. Best known for its Dia de los Muertos series of Craft Beers that celebrate Mexico’s traditional Hallowe’en festivities, la Cerveceria is hot tamales!
When it’s fiesta time down in Guadalajara…
...then it’s time for Bufadora – a sumptuous Mexican MaiBock with majestic malts and soft herbal hops galore.
Brewed to the traditional style so popular in Mexico, this deep copper Bock boasts solid fresh-baked bread aromas with a soft plum and foam banana candy notes.
On the palate, it’s all about the malts: sweet malts, spicy malts, fruity malts, fresh bread malts, sweet spiced fruit maltbread malts! This big malty character is enhanced by a moderate bitterness and a generous alcohol content, that make a great backdrop for the soft grassy, dusty, herbal hops to close on a warm note full of California sunshine.
A brief history of Bock
Bock beers are originally a speciality from the city of Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Dating back 700 years, traditional Bock beers are characterised by a rich, dark, malty quality that conjures up fruity malt-loaf bread. They are lightly-hopped with just enough bitterness to counterpoint the sweet caramel tones.
Over time, the Bock style evolved into a number of sub-styles, including Doppelbock, Eisbock, Weizenbock and, of course, Maibock. Sometimes called helles bock or heller bock from the German for light, these Bocks are lighter in colour than classic Bock. Maibock is still all about the malt, but with a more bready, toasty character, as well as a more pronounced hops character. Maibock were traditionally brewed in Spring – a last batch before the weather got too warm and risked spoiling the beer.
Over time, Bock became popular in Bavaria, in particular Munich, where its pronunciation sounded like Ein Bock – a goat – and so the name Bock stuck, and so did the goat emblem. Sounds like a joke, right "A Bavarian walks into a bar...
The mother of all gushers?
La Bufadora is named after a famous marine geyser on Baja California. It’s the second biggest blowhole in North America and when the wind and waves are right, the spray can shoot over 30 metres in the air!
You sometimes get the same phenomenon with your beer. In Beer-Geek speak this is a gusher - just like a newly discovered oil well.
When the carbonation is too much as soon as you open the bottle the pressure is released and it causes the beer to come rushing out of the bottle.