Beer: Negra Modelo

Food is my life. I like to prepare it, smell it, savor it… But food is just one part of an amazing dining experience. There is this other part that I have neglected for way too long: the drinks that complete the experience. I don’t think that only alcoholic beverages can give a dinner that especial touch. There is the coffee after dinner. The exotic soda at lunch time, the energizing combination of different juices in the morning and the hot cup of cocoa in a cold day. That’s why every Wednesday I will explore a new drink (alcoholic and non) in a section that I am calling Wash it down Wednesday.

This is not a food event per say. I just want to explore the world of drinks, but if anybody wants to write about their favorite drinks, recommendations, reviews, etc. I will happily include a link every Wednesday to your blog. You just have to e-mail me the information of your post to ben[dot]herrera[at]whatscooking[dot]us. With that said let’s move on to my first WIDW.

Negra Modelo

I first need to say that I am not a connoisseur of alcoholic beverages (hence the creation of this section to learn more). My dad has never touched a beer or any drink with alcohol in his life, so I really wasn’t exposed to them until I moved out, and even then I didn’t get into drinking.

Anyway, I was first introduced to Negra Modelo by one of my uncles who loves the stuff. This beer is now my second favorite Mexican beer (being Noche Buena my favorite one, a brew available only around Christmas time). Negra Modelo is a dark beer with a reddish/brownish color. One of the things that some people don’t like about this beer is its mild malty aroma. But that doesn’t make it a weak beer. Its flavor is creamy, light and a little sweet with hints of chocolate and spices. It has a slight bitterness after each sip, not a bad thing considering that it disappears quickly making the next sip more enjoyable. The “sweetness” of the beer pairs perfectly well with spicy food. That’s why I got a case for my 24×3 dinner to serve with the chiles en nogada.

If you associate Mexican beer with Corona and a slice of lime it might be time to reconsider. This beer is definitely one of Mexico’s best, a proud black model.

Beer stats:

  • Brewery: Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. Mexico
  • Style: Vienna Lagger
  • abv: 5.40%
  • First produced: 1925

¡Buen provecho!


  • Hi Ben. I love your idea of Wash It Down Wednesday. The Negra Modelo is a great one to start with. I also really like Modelo Especial – with a lime of course.

    I just launched a similar weekly feature called Food Blog Friday and I chose your blog for the first entry.


  • I have never really been a huge beer or wine or any alcohol fan, my standard drink is a margarita, maybe 3x a year total! But my husband is a lover of amber beers, and has tried to train my palate to like a few, and of the few I like, negra modelo is one, but my all time fave beer is guinness on tap, never in the bottle or stout, if we buy it for home I like the large black can with the ball inside to keep it frothed when it is poured, but on tap….I can actually drink 2 pints myself without begging my husband to finish it, love this idea of yours! I know some drinks can enhance food, just need to learn how!

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