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Mexican Craft Beer and Brewery Tour (EN16) Summary

Ensenada

Savor the delicious flavor of authentic Mexican beer as you visit 2 separate breweries on this exciting adventure.

This port adventure was first found on 09-26-2017 and was last updated on 07-17-2019.

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Ryan Harris Sailed: March 24, 2019
Submitted: March 31, 2019
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Summary: This is a glorified beer tasting. The beer was good but there was no "tour" and what amounted to a flight of 10 beers was not worth the $70 per person price tag.

Our tour started at 11:15am in the Azure Lounge aboard the Disney Wonder. We met our tour guide Frederico (Freddy) and boarded a van into the heart of Ensenada. On our twenty-minute journey to the first brewery Freddy filled us in on some of the history of Ensenada. As we descended into the wine valley, we pulled on to a dirt road which was very bumpy. We finally arrived at El Chivo Gruñón (The Grumpy Goat) where we would sample seven beers from the local brewery.

There was no brewery on-site, only the tasting room which shared the property with Ochenta's Pizza. The entrance to the property took us down a tree covered path which led to the tasting room itself. The charming building is small (approx. 500 sq ft.) but was plenty big for our excursion group of 17. The interior is covered with vintage artwork and instruments. There is a small stage in the back corner of the building and the handful of tables we sat at are repurposed cable spools. The best way to describe it is it felt like the kind of place Matthew McConaughey would open in the states.

We sampled seven beers ranging from a light Honey Cream Ale to a Chocolate and Chili Stout. Each beer was brought out individually and was served in a 6 oz. flight-sized glass. Our personal favorite was the Damiana Red IPA. Once we finished our beers, we hopped back in the van and traveled about 15 minutes back toward the port to Wendlandt Cervecería.

We could tell that this brewery would be different as the building was much larger and industrial. The large vats and brewing equipment could be seen through large windows at the front. Freddy told us that the first brewery was an up-and-coming local brewery, but Wendlandt has been around for a while. The tasting room inside the building opens to the brewery itself. We could see people working and could hear the clanking of bottles being loaded into a bottling machine.
We overheard Freddy tell someone in the group that we'd be sampling five beers at Wendlandt, however we only got to try three: Veraniega (America Wheat), Perro Del Mar (IPA) and Foca Parlante (Oatmeal Stout). Our favorite of the bunch was Perro Del Mar so we purchased a to-go beer which was $2.11 for the bottle which could be enjoyed in the van on the way to lunch...I'm moving to Mexico.

Our final stop as a local taco shop called Taquería El Falamazo. We each had two tacos (carne asada and al pastor) along with the beers we brought from Wendlandt. The tacos were served in a soft corn tortilla and were delicious. We finished up and boarded the van to head back to the Disney Wonder. The trip took about four hours from the time we left the deck 1 gangway until we re-boarded the ship. The weather was gorgeous, clear skies and a high of around 70 degrees.

Overall, the excursion was very enjoyable. The scenery was beautiful, the beer and tacos were delicious, and the weather couldn't have been nicer. Freddy was a friendly and energetic tour guide. My primary complaint about this excursion is the price tag. I would gladly do this excursion again for $30-$40, but I think $70 is a lot to pay for what amounts to about a six pack of beer and a couple tacos.
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