Hometown Brewery: Armando Reynoso

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I recently visited Puerto Vallarta, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. During my stay, I enjoyed a full slate of beers from the local brewery, Los Muertos Brewing.

arrreyAlthough born in the adjacent Mexican state of San Luis Potosí (and city of the same name), Armando Reynoso grew up in Lagos de Moreno, in Jalisco. He is so beloved within the state of Jalisco that they named the local baseball stadium after him – Armando Reynoso Gutierrez Pan American Stadium.

He enjoyed a brief stretch of moderate success with the Mets from 1997-1998, compiling a combined 13-6 record with an ERA of 4.23.

After recovering from arm troubles in early 1998, he led the Mets’ surge towards playoff contention by winning his first five decisions in late July and August. Unfortunately, he struggled in his last three starts, and took the loss on his last start of the year against the Braves, with the Mets eliminated on the final day of the season in the process.

arrrey1.jpgThough he would depart for Arizona as a free agent in the fall of 1998, Reynoso was certainly a key contributor in the previous two seasons, and the Mets would continue their success in the following years.

Reynoso was voted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010, and has most recently acted as bullpen coach for Jalisco Charros in the Mexican Pacific league for the 2015-2016 season.

On the east coast of Jalisco, the tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta features the previously mentioned Los Muertos Brewing.

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Visiting in relatively temperate late April conditions, the open air tasting room’s relaxed atmosphere features a good look at the fermenters, and plenty of big-screens for the local soccer match.

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I elected to take a “when in Rome” approach, and ordered 4 oz samples of all of their offerings. As you can see, it was a delightful run across the full SRM range of beer color.

The most interesting thing I noted was a consistency of especially light body compared to one’s preconceived notions of the styles represented. It certainly makes sense; not many people are interested in drinking a big, heavy, bogged down ale in 90 degree heat.

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Standouts for me:

  • McSanchez Stout – smooth and light. This goes exactly to what I experienced with light body across the board. A light-bodied stout worked perfectly for the lazy sunny afternoon weather, which was a surprising, but enjoyable result.
  • Hop On! Strong Ale – Los Muertos decided to call this an American Strong Ale, allowing for some wiggle room on a beer that doesn’t necessarily fit into one hard-and-fast style. The fullest-bodied of their lineup, this malty beer incorporates coffee and light hopping for a refined final product.
  • Anillo De Fuego Chile Ale – Utilizing their Mexicana Rubia Blonde as a base, Los Muertos adds diced serrano peppers to the fermentation to create a spicy variant. For my spice tolerance, this is a nice slow sipper on a refreshing light ale.

Arguably as enjoyable as my experience was at Los Muertos was the final tab. After conversion to US Dollars, my eight 4 oz pours and a 12 oz bottle of McSanchez (to take back home) came to an almost unreasonably inexpensive $7.28.

If you have a little time on your hands in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos Brewing is a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy a brew.

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