Revistatravesias.com recently published an article about Cervecería Dos Aves. We really like their description of us as an "indie brewery"! Below is an image of the article. To read it in Spanish, click on the image.
A couple of weeks after this article was publishes, we found out that two of our seasonal releases, a Gueuze and "¡Diablos!", our super popular Belgian Golden Strong Ale that we released to commemorate our third anniversary as a brewery, won silver medals at the 2016 Summer Beer Fest Challenge in Chihuahua.
Below is the full article translated to English.
We visited the Premium Microbrewery of San Miguel de Allende and tried their finest selection of beers.
The Mexican central region of el Bajío is not only producing wine and cars; small local breweries are starting to emerge here also, offering excellent beer. One of these is Cervecería Dos Aves, which was founded in 2012 and was the first craft brewery in San Miguel de Allende.
You can find its alchemic center just 10 minutes away from downtown on the way to Celaya. You can immediately feel that homebrewing atmosphere, but the brewery has mastered its production method to obtain a capacity of 800 gallons, or 26BBL, monthly of five different beer styles (plus one seasonal).
Its founders, Francisco Kameko and Mark Taylor, met when Francisco took home brewing classes from Mark at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, California, about nine years ago. One afternoon, a pair of crows were poised on a tree and kept them company during the brew session, and hence their name (Dos Aves means Two Birds in Spanish). Their passion for brewing eventually brought them to San Miguel de Allende to undertake what they call their “indie brewery”.
The craft beer boom, primarily in the United States, has forced many large companies to absorb the smaller ones. Remaining independent allows them to create a real craft beer with top of the line ingredients. “We make beer that we like to drink, we enjoy making it and we do it well” says Francisco, who, along with being a brewer, acts as marketing and finance director.
Mark, the brewmaster and main alchemist, comments, the hops “are imported from Oregon”, while the American and European grain is obtained through a Chihuahua importer. Mark and Francisco are members of the American Home Brewers Association and consider that “there is a beer style for everyone”.
Their menu, although brief, offers a range of styles that amateur and expert beer aficionados love.
IPA Imperial. This Double India Pale Ale is “made West Coast style” Mark comments. That is, more bitter and light. It is “very popular among women”, contrary to popular belief in Mexico.
Pale Ale. This American Pale Ale is also made West Coast style. It is bitter and delicious and received the gold medal at the 2015 Professional Beer Competition “Competencia Profesional Copa Cerveza México 2015”.
Imperial Stout. This beer is a Russian Imperial Stout and is intense and robust with 9 percent alcohol by volume. It has great balance. The Imperial Stout won the gold at the 2015 Professional Beer Competition “Competencia Profesional Copa Cerveza México 2015”. It is the house’s favorite.
Belgium Tripel. This Tripel Ale received a bronze at the 2014 Professional Beer Competition “Competencia Profesional Cerveza México 2014. Spicy and complex.
Session. 3.5. This beer, English Mild style, a subcategory of English Brown, with 3.5% of alcohol per volume, has caramel and a toasted nut flavor. “Its low level of alcohol allows you to drink it at a friend’s gathering, Francisco suggests.
We had the exclusive opportunity to try a beer that is not for sale yet. The style is “gueuze”, popular in Belgium. It took a year to mature and according to Dos Aves, has a “very funky” flavor… with an after taste of psychedelic “pulque” (A Mexican beverage made from fermented maguey (agave)). When it comes to making beer, like Mark says you have to add “the spark” that will set it apart from the rest.