The daily beer painting is of Cerveza Pacifico Clara, better known as just Pacifico, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. This beer is widely popular with American tourists, surfers and just about anybody who has time to drink a beer on, or near Mexican and California Pacific Coast beaches. Brewed in Mazatlan, this Mexican pilsner style beer is called Clara for its light coloration as opposed to negra or obscura, which refers to dark beer. Save your bottles if you are in Mexico as there is not only a return on the bottles but they will also be sent back to the brewery for refilling. Reusing bottles is a smarter alternative to recycling, and I wish the USA would do the same thing. We used to, until the mid 1980’s. Canada is saving billions by refilling! Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, it’s also Earth Week!
This beer is best with a lime, enjoyed on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and a cool breeze on your face. After three of these in the hot Mexican sun you will be ready for a Spanish lesson at night. Just keep the tequila pouring after dark with a Pacifico for hydration, and you may even think you are fluent in Spanish.
So why do Americans celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Contrary to popular belief, this is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which happens to be in September. This holiday isn’t even celebrated in all of Mexico, mostly just in a part of the country called the State of Puebla. The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla, and celebrates the unlikely, decisive victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862, which was basically a big bloody gunfight. Go ahead America, celebrate an obscure Mexican holiday. It’s a great time to grab a Pacifico, slam a lime into the neck of the bottle, hit a tequila-saturated margarita in a salt-encrusted glass and vibe to a Mariachi band, because Cinco De Mayo is here and that’s how the fraternity boys want you to play it.
Salud, Pacifico! May your beer forever cool the tongues, and warm the hearts of as many people partying on the beaches of the Pacific Coast as possible.