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Mikkeller Mexas Ranger 
Posted: 30 April 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Mikkeller Mexas Ranger from Denmark This concoction seems to have anything in it you could ever remotely assign to Southwestern cuisine. Mexican chocolate, Mexican horchata syrup, Mexican tea (otherwise known as epizote), arbol and guajillo and pasilla and mulato chilies.   I'd drink it again but not rush out to do so, unless I were at a Mexican or Tex Mex restaurant and this was the most exciting beer they were selling.    
Avg price/liter: USD 21.18   ABV %: 6.6  Type: Porter   
       


One issue I have with Mikkeller is that they just make too many damned brews.  They're a gypsy brewer for the moment.  They own no brewery.  That's going to change soon, as I just read they're going to be taking over an old AleSmith brewery in sunny San Diego.        

As long as they own no brewery and can contract out to have any and all of their recipes made, this puts them in a position of brewing hundreds upon hundreds of different brews per year!      

This is great for experimental purposes.  Or for being able to brew a house beer for a particular restaurant.  These are brews that won't see the greater light of day.  But when you're brewing an entire catalog in one year, how can the average beer drinker ever get familiar with, let alone taste, the brews you're making?          

The brewery is an original, to be sure, and when the combination is right, you're in for a unique taste sensation, not unlike the Japanese ryokan meal I enjoyed in Western Japan last summer.  Mexas Ranger is one such combination.  he short description is an ale brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans, and avocado leaves.  That certainly makes it sound like a Tex-Mex drink.  

This concoction seems to have anything in it you could ever remotely assign to Southwestern cuisine.  Mexican chocolate, Mexican horchata syrup, Mexican tea (otherwise known as epizote), arbol and guajillo and pasilla and mulato chilies.     

The taste was satisfying but not addictive.   I'd drink it again but not rush out to do so, unless I were at a Mexican or Tex  Mex restaurant and this was the most exciting beer they were selling.  This is the sort of beer you slap the brewer on the back for for going to the trouble to try, the kind of beer which makes you glad to be alive in this day and age to get the opportunity to sample.         

Viva Mexico!           

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