Cerveza de Chango from Bootlegger's Brewery, Our Drink Of The Week

Dave Lieberman

The fastest way to lose credibility with a tried-and-true beer geek is to admit to liking those over-carbonated, hop-flavored sodas masquerading as beer that are mass-produced in Mexico. Corona, Tecate, Pacífico and the like are pretty much universally panned by the beer-noscenti, and they'll stop paying attention to you if you admit an occasional fondness for a cubeta.

What happens, though, if the fizzy beer is made by a local craft brewery? Does that give it the Beer Hipster Stamp of Approval? Bootlegger's Brewery did it, releasing it on Cinco de Mayo, and they call it Chango ("monkey" in Spanish). This leads to conflicting emotions: it's made in Fullerton! But it's fizzy! It's actually really good! But it's FIZZY!
Fortunately, most people aren't as conflicted; an unscientific survey showed that at least one out of every four pints poured during a visit last week was Chango, and for good reason.

Chango is like Tecate's big brother, with a slightly fruity, sort of Hefeweizen-y slant to replace the sour aftertaste that passes for flavor in canned Tecate. It's relatively low in alcohol, which makes it a great idea for hot, lazy summer days; you can drink it all afternoon and still manage to stand up to go to dinner.

The lime, however, is unnecessary and not available at the tasting room; you'll have to drink your Chango straight.

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Bootlegger's Brewery

130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, CA

Category: General

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I thought that a lot of the Mexican beers were brewed using corn sugars which is what gives them all that unique taste, compared with other light and fizzy beers of the world.  I gather that actual Mexican brewers are brewing outside the box these days, so I suppose it is oversimplifying things to say Mexican beers all have a similar taste.  Mexican style beers are not the stuff that craft brewers usually take on.  Props to Bootleggers for taking on an unconventional brew.  I'm not afraid to admit it.   I still like the occasional Bohemia, Negro Modelo, Pacifico or even Corona with a lime when the mood fits (coastal sunset, fish tacos, etc.).  Craft brewed can only make it better.

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