Big Rojo + barbacoa: Local beer pairings for Cinco de Mayo

Creative beer pairings for Cinco de Mayo with San Antonio beer company, Islla St. Brewing Co.

SAN ANTONIO – They created a beer based on the flavors of Big Red. Now the folks from Islla St. Brewing Co. are sharing even more unique flavors of Mexican beer and how to pair them with the perfect bite for Cinco de Mayo.

Here are some of their suggestions:

1. Big Rojo - It’s as close as beer gets to Big Red! Pair it with barbacoa for puro San Antonio flavor.

2. Frienda Toast - This is a “Friends”-themed French toast beer, featuring the flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup.

3. Oro - If you like pineapple soda, you have to try this! It’s a pineapple soda variant of the Big Rojo

4. La Charanga - This is a Pachnaga style IPA with Islla’s special Mexican hops.

5. Baila Zesta Cucumbia - This cucumber sour brewed with chamoy should pair nicely with Takis.

6. Suavecito - This toasted coconut and cajeta beer pairs well with cajeta candy.

7. Chola Blonde - It’s a house blonde with a hint of tamarindo. It pairs well with chamoy candy.

8. Tiramisu - It’s a stout, brewed with tiramisu ingredients, topped with mascarpone, then dusted with ground espresso and dark chocolate.

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo responsibly. Salud!

You can find more information about Islla St. Brewing Co. and learn about online ordering on the brewery’s website.

About the Authors

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

Robert started his career at KSAT more than 10 years ago. He started as a prompter operator, to director, to promotions producer and now SA Live producer. He loved the excitement of news but entertainment is where he feels at home.

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