Linda and I returned to our home in Mexico from the United States a couple of days ago. If you’re curious about the circumstances and timing of that trip, check out this post: Finally Back Home in Mexico!
Since returning, we’ve been practicing self-isolation in our condo in compliance with CDC guidelines. Fortunately for us, our friends here have made this super easy to do by going shopping for us and leaving the items outside our door.
So far, our friends have been able to find all of the desired items on our shopping lists, even toilet paper, with the exception of one item: Mexican beer. All of the major brands of Mexican beer like Modelo, Pacifico and Corona — no relation to the virus– are sold out everywhere.
This is due to the fact that the Mexican government classified breweries as non-essential businesses and ordered them closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Just in case you didn’t already know this, making beer is a big deal here in Mexico. In fact, Mexico exports more beer than any other country in the world — over $4 billion dollars worth a year. That’s more than double what the second country on that list, the Netherlands, exports each year.
So, what’s left on the shelves? Well, if you look around hard enough, you can still find some random craft beers and whole lot of Old Milwaukee.
Although things have gotten bad, apparently they still haven’t reached the need to choke down Old Milwaukee level of bad.
It doesn’t look like Mexican beer will be returning to the shelves anytime soon, so many stores have filled their empty beer coolers with other beverages.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I know it could be much worse. I could live in one of the states or municipalities that has outlawed the sale of alcoholic beverages altogether. Still, I can’t help craving the smooth, refreshing taste of a Modelo Especial about now.
Well, until next time! Stay safe and stay healthy!