While Mexico is best known for spirits like Tequila and mezcal, it also has a deep brewing history. Since the pre-Columbian era, peoples from central Mexico to northern Costa Rica have fermented alcohol like corn beer, but that\u2019s just the beginning.\r\n\r\nAfter Napolean III endeavored to install Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph Habsburg of Austria as Mexico\u2019s emperor in 1864, thousands of Austrians moved to Mexico. Naturally, they brought their beer recipes with them. While Maximilian\u2019s reign was tumultuous and lasted just three years or so, the Austro-Mexican brewing tradition continued.\r\n\r\nIn the late 1800s, a brewer named Santiago Graf began importing the hops and malt necessary to brew Vienna-style lager. But he added an inexpensive and abundant local ingredient: corn. This alteration lightened the beer\u2019s body and imparted a touch of sweetness. This is how the style now known as \u201cMexican lager\u201d was born.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nToday, while Vienna lagers are no longer as popular in Austria, their Mexican and Central American descendants have become a big hit with craft brewers in the U.S. With balanced, malt-forward taste, medium bitterness and generally low in alcohol, Mexican lagers are a perfect complement to late summer cookouts.\r\n\r\nWhether you\u2019re in charge of the grill or focused on beating your neighbors at croquet, here are some American takes on Mexican-style lagers to fuel the fun.\r\n\r\n\r\nOskar Blues Beerito Mexican Lager\r\nMade in conjunction with an international array of barley growers and maltsters that include Colorado-based Troubadour Maltings, Beerito has put a unique spin on Mexican-style lagers.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe challenge in creating this beer was creating layers of complexities, rather than an abundance of big flavor,\u201d says Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues. At 4% alcohol by volume (abv), Beerito is an easy drinker.\r\n\r\n\r\nAleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager\r\nTo celebrate the 25th anniversary of reggae-punk band Sublime\u2019s watershed debut album, \u201c40oz. to Freedom,\u201d the musicians collaborated with San Diego\u2019s AleSmith on a new brew. \u201cWhen you think [of] musical pioneers Sublime, you think sun, surf, good vibes and mashup of styles,\u201d says Peter Zien, owner/CEO of AleSmith. \u201cWe channeled all that and put summertime in a sixer.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe result? A laid-back easy drinker, ideal for a relaxing Saturday afternoon.\r\n\r\n\r\nSka Brewing Mexican Logger Mexican Style Lager\r\nBased in Durango, Colorado, Ska launched its Mexican Logger as one of the first U.S.-made Mexican-style lagers. More than just a clever name, the beer won silver and bronze medals in 2015 and 2016 respectively, in the American-Style or International-Style Pilsener category at the Great American Beer Festival.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnchor Brewing Los Gigantes Mexican Style Lager\r\n\r\nBaseball and beer are a time-honored pairing. Anchor Brewing teamed up with the San Francisco Giants to create a grand slam of a Mexican lager. According to Anchor, the brew is \u201cinspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the city.\u201d It\u2019s made lightly malty and easy to drink, so you can keep sipping if your game goes extra innings.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n21st Amendment El Sully Mexican Style Lager\r\n\r\nInspired by his love of Mexican-style beers, Shaun O\u2019Sullivan, 21st Amendment\u2019s co-founder/brewmaster, created a lager named after his alter ego. El Sully is a nod to Sullivan\u2019s youth in Southern California. \u201cWe all love IPAs and other full-flavored and complex beers, but sometimes you need an antidote,\u201d says co-founder Nico Freccia.