Indio available in US?
- heatherkay Jan 3, 2007 09:53 PM
I am trying to track down Indio beer, which I had during a trip to Mexico a few years ago. It's made by the same brewery that makes Bohemia, and I have been looking for it for years. Do they import it to the US? Has anyone seen it or tried it? I remember it as being sort of an amber lager.
Heineken USA (a subsidiary of Heineken, which changed the old name of Van Munching when they bought the US importer) recently took over the importation of the FEMSA brands from Mexico. According to the linked press announcement-
"Heineken USA will assume responsibility for the marketing, sales and distribution of the beer brands Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca and Bohemia across the United States."
-it looks like they don't bring Indio in anymore. (Seems to me they used- I remember the cans- but I still miss their Christmas beer- Noche Buena. You'd think with the rise of Holiday and seasonal beers in the US, they'd bring it back).
I suppose since Heineken was long the #1 import until the popularity of Corona took off, they figure they might as well join the crowd.
I traveled through Mexico in early 2003 and tried 25 different beers while there. One was a bottle of Noche Buena. This was Feb-March and it was exceptionally cheap at the bar, getting rid of the holiday beer. I remember it being sickly sweet. I only had one. I wonder if it hasn't changed since you remember it being imported.
What a blast from the past! I lived in Houston decades ago. My fave British Pub (the original Rudyard's which alas is no more) served Indio in bottles. Man, that was a good beer. The closest taste that you'll find mass-imported today would be Negra Modelo.
Also, note that Noche Buena was Dos Equis' Christmas beer - hence the name: "Good Night".
I think it's a lot lighter than Negro Modelo, at least in taste if not in color. Actually, it might be the lightest tasting dark beer I've ever had. Perfect for the Mexican climate.
I had Indio Beer for the first time last month while I was in Monterrey with my wife. We spent 10 days there with her family and I loved that beer. I brought back a 6 pack, but that is gone. I haven't been able to find it either, but the guy at the liquor store said that Sol is now going to be imported so maybe that is a sign that they are getting around to exporting all the Femsa beers. I don't want to have to go to Mexico everytime I want Indio.
Just returned from working in Mexico where Indio is my new favorite beer. Unfortunatly I was told it's not imported to the US