What are the craft breweries in Mexico

The best micro and craft breweries in Tijuana, Mexico

Following in the footsteps of its brewing neighbor, San Diego, Tijuana is slowly becoming a major player in the craft beer scene. While many breweries in town serve the ever-popular hoppy IPAs, they are also experimenting with their own ingredients and techniques to create beers with a real Mexican flair. Here are a few favorites from the region.

Cervecería Insurgente

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$ $

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Cervecería Insurgente is one of the most famous breweries in Tijuana. They have won a handful of international awards and now boast multiple dealerships in Mexico and the United States. Their xocoveza (white coffee with cocoa, coffee, chilli, pasilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and their Lupuiosa beer (brewed with five different types of American hops) are the stars of the show, but every tap here offers a bit of brewing heaven.

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Mon - Fri:

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Juan Cordero 10021, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

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The atmosphere:

Casual, relaxed

Cerveza Funes

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$ $

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Homebrew shop and tasting room in one, Cerveza Funes is an Alladin's den for beer lovers. The owner, Raúl Aispuro, spent some time exploring the craft scene in Düsseldorf, so many of the beers have German influences. Cerveza Funes is across the street from the popular Telefónica Gastro Park food truck park, so you can combine your visit with some really good Mexican, Japanese or Argentinian cuisine.

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Mon - Tue:

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wed - Sat:

11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Av Melchor Ocampo 2013, Defensores de Baja California, 22000, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

The atmosphere:

Relaxed, casual

BCB tasting room

Bar, Craft Ale Bar, American, $$ $

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Located in the slightly more upscale area of ​​Zona Rio, the BCB Tasting Room adds a bit of sophistication to Tijuana's gritty craft beer scene. Their 300-strong beer selection (with more than 40 on tap) can be enjoyed in their open, industrial-looking taproom, which is equipped with hanging beer kegs and long wooden tables for sharing. They also serve a selection of delicious gourmet burgers - the perfect accompaniment to a hoppy IPA or a thirst-quenching Belgian pale ale.

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Tue - Wed:

1.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Thu - Sat:

1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sun - None:

1.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Calle Orizaba 10335, Neidhart, 22020, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

The atmosphere:

Stylish, modern, relaxed

Cervecería Tijuana

Craft Ale Bar, American, $$ $

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Cervecería Tijuana has quickly built an excellent reputation as one of the main competitors in the city's growing beer scene. Since opening in 2000, their six craft beers have garnered wide international acclaim, including awards in Mexico and the United States. If you can get a 7.5% lager beer, you should try the Bufadora Black.

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Tue - Thu:

1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fri - Sat:

1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sun - None:

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blvd. Fundadores 2951, Juarez, 22040, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

The atmosphere:

Relaxed, stylish, casual

Border Psycho Brewery

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$ $

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Border Psycho, a family-run brewery since 2012, now has more than seven beers on the market in Mexico and the USA, making it one of the most popular craft breweries in Tijuana. Despite its fame, however, their taproom remains the no-frills drinking hole it was when it was first opened. Along with smoky air, sticky floors, and a punk looking crowd, expect some unexpected features like glass dildo and butt plug draft handles. Their branded beers, the Cream Ale (brewed with amaranth and orange peel) and La Perversa, a seriously hoppy double IPA, are worth a try.

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Mon - Fri:

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sa - None:

2.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m.

Sun - None:

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Calle Libertad 1751, Azcona, 22055, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

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The atmosphere:

Relaxed, casual

Cervecería Norte

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$ $

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Tucked away on the fifth floor of a nondescript building near an abandoned parking lot, the mysterious Cervecería Norte could easily be missed - but it's worth hunting down. Those who rise to the challenge are rewarded with two magical outcomes: great views and even better craft beer. Cervecería Norte's dark porters and light beers offer unobstructed views thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows, the US-Mexico border, and the Tijuana Monumental Arch. If you can't decide which beer to prefer, your quadruple sampler is your best bet.

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Mon - Wed:

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thu - Sat:

2:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Diaz Miron yo cuarta 8160, Zona Centro, 22000, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico

The atmosphere:

Relaxed, casual

Mamut Brewery Co

Craft Ale Bar, Mexican, $$ $

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Opened with the aim of bringing affordable, premium beer to everyone, Mamut Brewery Co sells some of the cheapest pints in town. The taproom is mammoth-themed (there's a huge mammoth of wire across the bar!), And is on the recently revitalized Pasaje Rodriguez, an art-covered arcade lined with coffeehouses and craft shops. Enjoy one of their coffee-soaked Imperial Stouts or hoppy IPAs (with an obligatory side order of BBQ wings) on their patio, and take the hustle and bustle of Tijuana's coolest alley.

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Mon - Sat:

4:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Carrillo Puerto yo Tercera 8161, Zona Centro, 22000, Tijuana, BC, Mexico, Mexico