Hop into the Stories Behind These Latino-Owned Breweries

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There’s no denying that every cerveza has a story to tell, from the moment of brewing to that satisfying first sip. And with all the possibilities in the beer world, we get to taste so many unique and delicious flavors.


Latin America has been playing the beer game for thousands of years, from brewing chicha, a corn-based brew, to fermenting agave into tasty drinks. Now, Latine folks are shaking up the U.S. craft beer world, bringing their rich cultural heritage, a burst of diverse flavors, and some ingenious brewing methods into the mix. The outcome? An ever-growing scene of Latine breweries crafting beers that are not only incredibly unique and mouthwatering but also stay true to their roots, attracting all kinds of beer aficionados.

So, let's hop into these Latine-owned breweries (pun intended), where age-old traditions meet bold experimentation.

Mujeres Brew House

Southern California's Mujeres Brew House is a nod to the original brewers – women. This amazing all-female-run, Latina-owned brewery, created by Carmen Velasco-Favela, strives to rewrite the craft beer industry's narrative and rules. They're not about conforming but about crafting their own path in the brewing world.

For the inside scoop on Mujeres Brew House's world, follow @mujeresbrewhouse.

Atrevida Beer Co.

Atrevida Beer Co. is a woman-forward Latin-inspired brewery in Colorado Springs. Headed by the audacious Jess Fierro, founder and brewmaster, the brewery stands as a testament to her fight against biases and financial hurdles. The team behind Atrevida, which means "bold" in Spanish, includes Jess's husband Rich Fierro, a veteran, who you might recognize as the man who courageously disarmed a gunman a while back. Atrevida's aim is simple - to foster community and inspire conversations over their narrative-driven brews.

Get a taste of what's brewing with Atrevida Beer Co! Tap into the action at @atrevidabeerco

5 Rabbit Cervecería

Stepping into the 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, you're stepping into a story. The first Latine-owned and operated craft cerveceria in the U.S., it infuses the passion and richness of Latin culture into every beer. And the people behind this awesome place? Mila Ramirez, who hails from Peru, her husband Andres Araya from Costa Rica, and their buddy Randy Mosher, a big name in the Chicago beer world. These three are shaking up the craft beer scene with their mix of authenticity, creativity, and straight-up love for what they do.

Keep tabs on 5 Rabbit Cervecería’s latest by following their social media account @5rabbitbrewery

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Xicha Brewing

Xicha Brewing in West Salem, Oregon, represents a cultural blend, merging elements from Mexican culture and the Northwest into their flavorful beers and dishes. Co-owners Ricardo and Margarita Antunez emphasize their inspiration from Mexican candies' flavor profiles, aiming to offer something unique and culturally diverse in their beers.

Want to join Xicha Brewery's exciting journey? Hop onto @xichabrewing!

Deadbeach Brewery

The story of Deadbeach Brewery began in a small garage in El Paso, with owners Gabriel Montoya, Jason Hunt, and Justin Ordonez brewing their own beer. They soon became one of the first breweries in El Paso, stimulating a real beer culture in the city. Artisanally brewed and aged in fine wood casks, Deadbeach sees its future in national distribution and the perpetuation of El Paso's rich beer culture.

Stay in the loop with Deadbeach Brewery’s latest! Follow the buzz at @deadbeachbrewery.

Del Cielo Brewing Co.

Del Cielo Brewing Co., a Latino family-owned brewery in Downtown Martinez, began as a love story - a love for craft beer. Founders Luis and Cielomar turned their casual home brewing sessions into a brewery dedicated to creating quality beers. Their mission to brew community through quality beer is mirrored in their many partnerships and purpose-driven beers.

Catch all the action with Del Cielo Brewing Co. at @delcielobrewing.

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