beeronthebeach
It's Friday, and that means it is time to go outside and enjoy the summer sun. If you're an American, you should be drinking Budweiser and... oh wait. Budweiser isn't owned by an American company any longer. Ahh. Well Bud is great, but when it's really hot, step to the Latin adult sodas. Our neighbors to the South know how to put 'em down, and nothing beats their style of light lager. Hit the jump and check out our favorite Latin beers that you can get in the U.S. We'll see you on Monday...

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MEXICO: Corona
• "People" are always debating as to whether Corona is actually drank in Mexico, asking if it's just exported to Americans, blah blah blah. We've been to Mexico, and they have Corona there. You know, and we know, that this stuff is awesome, and if it weren't for Corona, none of the light Latin lagers would have hit your palate. The first, and still the awesome-est. Get the limes out.
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Presidente
• Pounding "Presis" goes with summer like peas and carrots. Essentially a cross between a Heineken and Corona.
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NICARAGUA: Toña
• Toña is fairly new to the American bodegas, it's marketed as kind of an upscale Latin refresher. Our call on that is, "Yes and no," but if they're at the BBQ, we're cool with that.
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MEXICO: Pacifico
• Pacifico is our favorite Corona alternative, an awesome light beer that you can drink all day, take a nap and then drink all night. Responsibly, of course.
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COSTA RICA: Imperial
• People head to Costa Rica for three main things: sun/beach, surf, and ladies of the night. Not Costa Rica's cultural high point, but if you go there for the waves, you'll find yourself drinking about a million of these awesomes. In the U.S., cop it in Arizona, California, and Nevada. It tastes kind of like a cross between Bud and Bud Light.
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EL SAVADOR: Famosa
• Sold as Gallo in it's homeland, Famosa is imported through Florida so you'll find it easiest if you're lurking down South. Kind of like a Beck's or Heineken, but not as strong on the burnt-citrus musk taste.
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MEXICO: Modelo Especial
• Latin beers are often in bottles, maybe because they import better that way? Don't matter. Modelo comes in both, but we prefer the cans. They fit better in the backpack and lend themselves nicely to "Crushing a few beers" after work.
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PUERTO RICO: Medalla Light
• These aren't available in the continental 48, but since Puerto Rico is like a half-blood U.S. state anyway, they make the list. You can spend a dollar while you drink these Coors ripoffs, but you'll be way happier because it's guaranteed to be nice down there.
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MEXICO: Sol
• It means "Sun" and it tastes like awesome.