“Day-in the-life” adventure #1!

Our first day-time family style tour went pretty great! We strolled around and enjoyed a day in the life of Tijuana adventurers’.  The tour was custome designed for the group and included:
1. Scenic urban walks
2. Markets and “pasajes”
3. Food trucks

Ready to meet some more adventurers…. let’s do something awesome!

 

New Tour Guide Joins the Team – A Lot of Tours – Sorry: Page was Neglected

So….

I got really fucking busy for the past couple of months.

Last thing I posted was about the beer fest over a month ago. And I said was going to post here weekly. Not only did I got a lot of work from the real job that is my bread and butter…. I also did a lot of tours! I mentioned a price hike forever ago, and a few people wanted to hit me up before I became more expensive…

It’s not like I am more expensive, I just have less time to go on wild Tijuana Adventures. Thus I’m more expensive. AHH FUCK IT! Yes. I value my time more (I mean… tours used to be free!). I still hate charging people though. I always have too much fun.

I had like 7 tours in the past 2 months. All sorts of tours as well. The latest was a bachelor party with 11 people. This is the last time I do a party this big. It was difficult to coordinate, however… IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

We covered a lot of ground.

Went to ORYX Capital for a nice fancy dinner. Got the chicken. It was grand. Everything there is on point. A full on review will come out later and I’ll link. One of the best features of ORYX is that there’s a speakeasy in there somewhere. The “secret” might be ruin soon, so I’ll just say that it’s in there somewhere for now.

The pics are not from the tour, but from when I discovered ORYX and Nortico originally. The bachelor party loved the food and the speakeasy detail. There’s a pic of the 11 of them somewhere (and I might be able to use it here).

Then we went to Plaza Fiesta, the amazing beer plaza (read more about it here). A lot of craft beer, and a lot of classic bachelor party banter. The group was huge and had a lot of colorful individuals. A bunch living in California, some in Minneapolis, one from New York… the bachelor is a very popular guy.

From beer plaza we hit up downtown. Where more beers and mezcal shots ensued. And around midnight… the real bachelor party fun. That stays under wraps. But I must say… Tijuana is ten times better than Vegas for bachelor fun…

LETS MOVE TO HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Haydeé (aka HidHawk) Joins the Team

I haven’t posted anything not only because I’ve been busy as fuck… but because the other guys I invited to join ended up doing nothing (thanks guys!)

Talking to a good friend and Tijuana local, I mentioned the direction of Tijuana Adventure. She liked the idea and actually WROTE HER BIO and is excited to join in! To read more about her, CLICK HERE!
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Haydeé traveled the world and when she came back, she discovered that Tijuana had changed a lot. Like me, she basically became an accidental tour guide. With the many projects and events she handles, she takes hoards of people from all over the world through the places she loves in Tijuana. She is in charge of Borderland Noise – music events both sides of the border.

Haydeé is on the right - Group of visitors at Public House tap room

Haydeé is on the right – Group of visitors at Public House tap room

Haydeé also has AirBnB available, for those who want to get a whole package of a place to stay that includes a tour guide… then… THAT’S A NEW AWESOME POSSIBLITY. I’m going to try to do this myself (currently looking for a house).

I’ve been kinda burnt on doing tours, that the bachelor party was the last tour I’ll be doing for a while. But now there’s Haydeé! A complete different approach to Tijuana Adventure. She has her own price, her own ideas, her own taste in music, drinks and food, her own limitations, her own tour, her own adventure.

Also, I believe she speaks fluent German (I might be wrong though… I’ll check soon and confirm).

I’m hoping the team will grow even more, and for visitors to have the option to choose what type of tour adventurer they would prefer. I know, I know, I’m using the word adventure too much that now it seems like a kids game… but seriously… you have no idea how many times I woke up in the morning and think to myself… holy shit… that was one crazy Tj adventure. No city that I know off can offer so much of everything in such a bizarre presentation that you would never know it existed unless you are a local.

Visiting Tijuana, don’t hesitate to contact either Haydeé (aka HidHawk) or myself (Matt aka Matingas).

Matingas

Expo Cerveza Artesanal Part 2 – Friend Brewers – Drunk Matt

It’s funny how things can change from one day to another.

I’m still pretty much broke, but great things are in the horizon, including a Tijuana Adventure tour this Friday and a lot of work from home that will be $$$. This upcoming adventure should be fun, it’s four accountants from San Diego. Which reminds me, I should email him with the plan instead of typing this…

—————– Expo Artesanal Part 2 – Drunk Matt

Round 2. Walked by the Adelita’s girls again, now with the courage that beer provides, I can take a lot of pics without being shy.


I knew my palate was gone from drinking a lot of tiny samplers of beers in many places and I still had to hit up the brewers that I can call friends. So I went to Ley Seca because I’ve been craving Juan’s beer for a while. But… they were having some troubles. So instead I visited Luis Durazo over at Teorema.



I asked for a sampler. He gave me a full cup of double IPA at around 10% alcohol.


Luis. Don’t hate me for this. But this was probably the beer that I enjoyed the least. It wasn’t bad. There was actually no bad beers in general. It was just syrupy.

I think I also have really high standards and regards when it comes to Teorema. The concept is great, the logo is cool, the execution is well done, beers are not there yet though. When I first had Teorema, it was in their brewery room which remains in Avenida Revolución. I had two beers, don’t remember the names or the kind, but one of the beers was just superb.

For some reason, it tasted like key lime pie. The foamy light beer floated to the back of your palate and lingered there leaving you with some sweet tart flavor while the liquid smoothly went down. This is the Teorema beer that I want to taste, but so far all the ones I tasted don’t come even close to that first try. My roommate wrote an article about those beers and about Teorema a few years back, he stole my “it taste like key lime pie,” bit. Read here.

Also. Luis keeps saying he will open his tap room soon. 2 years ago he said they were about to open. A few months ago he told me he will be ready by the end of May. And now he says that it will be ready by the end of June! So… Luis… OPEN… SOON!


With Teorema in one hand but not truly loving the beer, I went to seek out more new brewers that I never met. I saw Cervecería Heisenberg, the concept is basically they are the Walter White but instead of cooking meth, it’s beer. Alright concept I guess. I enjoy it. Now… beers I can barely remember what they tasted like. I talked to brewer Oscar Lencioni and my notes read that I had an Imperial IPA with columbus, zythos, amarillo and cascade (I might be wrong).

I went to say hi to the guys from Baja Brew Labs… and the older Echavarria just started giving me beer! No notes. I don’t remember the beers, but if you haven’t check it out, Baja Brew Labs is in downtown Tijuana and they are doing really creative things in there. Also.. YAY PING PONG table in their brewery. So that’s always fun.


My notes have random hops and initials that I don’t recognize. But apparently many brewers are using mosaic, chinook, nelson and cascade a lot.

Next to Baja Brew Labs, Cerveza Cardera, one that I never had before. I talked to Armando Cardenas, the brewer, but drunk Matt could barely concentrate. Notes say I had a “bourbon chips french toast blah!” Which means I had a dark beer that I thought BLAH!


Then finally went back to Ley Seca for my craving of Gringo Pale Ale, single hop Citra.


Now.. this was the best beer I had in the fest.

Of course I am bias. I liked Juan’s brews since a few years back, but not only that, Citra from what I have learned, is my favorite hop so far. I think I’m also liking single hop brews, it’s an honest flavor. The Gringo Pale Ale was just spot on what I like. Hoppy, citrusy, perfect body…

Speaking of perfect bodies…

I spotted a girl I recognized… She looked at me, I forgot who she was. A few minutes later I saw her again….

Oh yeah!!! It’s my ex-girlfriend’s friend. I texted my ex, she was on her way to the beer fest.

Yep. My attention deviated from beer tasting to hanging out with my ex-girlfriend (who was easily the prettiest girl in the expo.. Or town.. Country… world?!)

Before hanging out with her, I had a job to do, so I went for last round of brewers.


Zombie Brewery from Ensenada, had their black IPA I believe, notes just say simcoe, centennial, chinok, amarillo and columbus.


Then I went to Doble C Brewery which is spelled out like //c. This concept I truly enjoy, the beers, I forgot, but in my notes I gave them approval. Notes read “Chinok mosaic pale ale, buena. Sombra verde. Nutty after. Buena.” Didn’t write the names of the brewers or where they are from, but I hope to see them again soon.


My ex arrived. From there on, I just stayed with her. She said she wanted dark beer, so I took her to Norte because it’s a guarantee that their Porter is going to be spot on (and it was). Then her and her friend wanted to taste something different, and I took them to Vibra (which I’ll remind you, their fruit beer was my favorite surprise of the fest).


At some point in the night I visited Angelo who was previously with Norte Brew, but is now at Tijuana Homebrew Club (THC). This is an interesting place, it’s a monthly gathering of brewers who like to do things different. I had a tiny shot of their Grapefruit IPA. I don’t remember it.


The main event. Kinky started playing and the expo was packed. I’m guessing that 80% of the people went mostly to see Kinky. More than 50% of the people that went to the expo drank Indio and if they drank a craft beer, they only tried one.



I tried drinking a lot of them, and still didn’t even cover half the ground!

Shout out to El Sauzal, La Belga, Madueño, and others who offered me free beer but there’s just so much a man can drink in one night!

CHECK OUT THE FULL ALBUM OF MY TIJUANA ADVENTURE (sorry for shouting)!

 

Until next time on more beer adventures! You know where I will be.

Expo Cerveza Artesanal Part 1 – New Brewers – Sober Matt

Welp… I can’t concentrate much on writing right now but I will try my best to write everything I’ve been pondering about Expo Cerveza Artesanal. My mind is in an article that finally got published on the San Diego Reader that I wrote a few weeks back. Also, financial stress. But I’ll try to ignore all of that, and discuss in much more detail and with more time in my other blog, Matingas.com

———– Expo Cerveza Artesanal

Part 1 – New Brewers – Sober Matt

I made it!

I got in for free. Carlos hooked it up with an extra ticket he had. Bucio was also more than willing to get me a free ticket. Other brewers told me they will hook it up with free beer in exchange of pictures (they would actually do it for nothing, but I am not a charity… kinda). Yep. I only had 120 pesos in my wallet on Saturday morning and payment didn’t come until Sunday (it wasn’t much).

So I had to navigate the Expo Cerveza Artesanal with no cash, take pictures and still have a fun time. This is how it went down. All reconstructed from memory and ineligible notes (how I manage to type ineligible is beyond me).

Went to give my ticket to the gate thingy, got my tin shot glass and went through the doors. “Don’t use that shot glass, es de aluminio,” Carlos said right away (duh, it can change the flavor and odor). First thing I noticed (besides the HEINEKEN huge letters at the entrance) were the three nice ladies wearing Adelita’s Bar attire. Yep. The “Expo Cerveza Artesanal” which is supposed to be about beer and culture… you get greeted with ladies of the night (to put it nicely).

And I mean. It’s cool. It’s Tijuana. They are always going to be everywhere. But COME ON!!

I left my bag at basecamp stand, Norte Brewing Company, basically my second home. I grabbed their new Session IPA and strolled around for my first impressions. The Session is similar to their Penthouse but lighter body, really good, but with not that bitter bite the Penthouse gives. Still one of the best brews around.


I noticed many brewers that I know about but have never met and also noticed a bunch of breweries I have never heard off. On my stroll I said hi to those who I do know and they wanted me to give me free beer already… HOLD YOUR HORSE IS! (my favorite Hella album). No beer for me until I try and talk to all the other brewers I do not know.

And this is why I dislike beer fests. SO MANY OF THEM! How the fuck am I supposed to cover all of them?! AND REMAIN SEMI-SOBER?!

Also… The amount of people drinking large glasses of Indio with chamoy rims was outstanding. This is not a beer fest. This just a regular concert with the premise of craft beer on the perimeter. Waiters (workers) walked amongst the crowd offering two Indios for 50 pesos on a large glass. Of course the people that don’t know what craft beer is rather gravitate to two Indio instead of for just one craft (more product amirite?!). Don’t they realize that 50 pesos on a 10% beer has more alcohol than Indio? I mean if their idea is to drink to get fucked up… then… do that…

Shit. This is already getting long and I haven’t even touched the interviews with brewers.

While I was doing my round, I found a place with carne seca. I had some of that. It was goddamn delicious. I love jerky. This wasn’t that much of a cecina jerky, it tasted like grilled meat in tiny cubes. Really good. But I had the sample and shied away.


I saw Calafia Brew, and I remembered them from the beer fest in Ensenada a few years back. When I had more than 30 samplers and then lost track.

I might be remembering wrong, but I think they had a blackberry sour that they ran out (back in Ensenada 2014). They also had their coconut IPA gone. Now… I really wanted the Blackberry sour, but all I remembered was that I needed to try Calafia.


Coconut IPA is really sweet (well fucking duh). If coconut is your thing, then it’s a good beer on the syrupy side with a nice coconut overall feel, no hoppy taste or finish. Paid for it. 10 pesos gone.

Then I went to Vibra, a brewery that I have seen bottled but have never had tap or met the brewers. Because I was still sober, I only took notes of the beer and forgot to write the name down of the brewer. Had their Generosa IPA, it was great (but tiny sampler, can only say too much). Paid for it other 10 pesos gone. Had a little chat about what I was doing and I said I was curious about their fruit beer. Vibra offered the samples for free.


The fruit beer wins the grand prize surprise great beer I had in the fest. I’m not into fruity beers at all, but this one lingered in my memory for a reason and that reason is most likely that it was surprisingly good. Next time I see a Vibra I will make sure to buy a few bottles.

After that fruit beer, he insisted I had their 10% stout. I am not much of a stout/porter drinker, especially when I am trying to drink many different beers, but I remember I was surprisingly pleased that it wasn’t heavy at all, but smooth and light for a stout.

What what?! Ivan Maldonado walked by me. I said hi to so many brewers. It was like a rockstar convention of beer… yet the rockstars were getting ignored while the audience watched a cover band of Mexican popular rock tunes (of the 90s?) The guitarist of the band totally butchered the little intro solo on Un Poco de Sangre by Maldita Vecindad (but all good, band sounded great in general, bass wasn’t as present as it should have been).


AHH SHIT! I’m reviewing beer, not the cover band on stage.

Ok. New brewery.

Miley Cyrus look-alike and her dad in Puerco Salvaje, which I knew was opening in Plaza Fiesta. Mexican Miley told me that we will find her there everyday next to Los Reyes (behind Border Psycho) and I will definitely be stopping in for a visit.


I had Puerco Salvaje’s IPA and their Almond Joy Stout. IPA regular, didn’t write notes, which means it was drinkable but nothing special. Almond Joy I wrote “bleh” which I remember it meant it just tasted like a stout and had no real almond or joy in it (it didn’t remind me of the candy bar at all). Don’t know this guys either, so here’s 10 pesos more.

Cerveza Urbana from Mexicali was my next stop and I talked to the brewer for a while. Most of the brewers gave me the same impression which I already said “this is a concert, not a beerfest,” Armando the brewer also said. We talked about Urbana’s logo, which is a drawing by Mexicali artist Glow, she paints creepy female semi-childish faces, Urbana’s logo is a hop with a female face. The next logo, the face won’t look so childish, but more mature, like the hops have lived through some tough shit.


Anyway, Armando was a really cool guy and gave me a few of his beers. I recognized the hopes on their IPA and asked Armando if I was right, Simcoe and Citra (I recognized the latter). His Session IPA was done with Mosaic hops. I didn’t write much of it, which means they were both real good but nothing spectacular. I talked to Armando about hops and how the ones he was using are the most popular at the moment.

Then I met Charlie Kaminari of Santo Grial and of La Embajada, a tap room I still have to spend some time in (I went, it was packed, couldn’t find a table, got annoyed, left). They gave me a Raspberry Wheat that I was hesitant about. It was not wheaty at all, it was almost a sour! It was great, but most likely an accident, though they claim it wasn’t. I also had their IPA, no notes there. If I see that Raspberry Wheat again I will make sure to drink a full pint.


By this time, I was already feeling the beers.

Remember kids. Taste is subjective. Rating beers is not a real thing. Everyone has their own favorite and I heavily favor hoppy dry beers. I’m also into new flavors that transport me somewhere else, but hoppy is my drink of choice.

While drunk I get less shy and start snapping more, so of course I had to take more pics of Adelita girls. Adelita Bar… if you read this and you need a photographer…😉


BREAK TIME. I already written too much. No one reads this much.
After break time and my email getting flooded by several thingys… I decided that this is the end of the post for now. I need to get outside of my apartment and eat a torta ahogada of a place I’m going to review next. ALSO! Tap Tuesday. Happiest day of the week.

To be continued…. Part 2 – Drunk Matt and more rants!

Tap Tuesday and Thursday Adventure – Beer Fests Are Not For Me – Tons of Pics!

Tap Tuesday was fantastic.

It easily is my favorite day of the week. And yes, I am obsessed with taking pictures of food, beer, and my adventures.

Major praises go to Peninsula’s sour beer (inside Fauna) and Border Psycho’s smoked wheat.

The sour is a standard sour, a bit flat, but flavorful. Praises to Peninsula for having the balls on creating a sour. Keep them coming. I’ll keep drinking them.

Smoked wheat (aka Grodziskie or Polish Champagne) is a really old and unique style of beer that was very well done by Border Psycho. Roberto Albarran says they smoked their own wheat, and also that some people have been hating it, others loving it. HIGH PRAISES from me. This beer tastes not like any other I’ve had in my life. No wonder they call it Polish Champagne, it’s super light, sparkly and tastes like… SMOKED MEAT.

This is your lunch beer, you can have this with a nice salad or something light like that. Vegans that miss the flavor of meat should drink this beer. In fact, if you are a vegan and you are reading this and want some meat tasting beer that has no animal product, GO DRINK THIS. Seriously. It’s fantastic. Alas, is not for everyone. My friend Willy got disgusted by it.

Full album for Tap Tuesday here:


Also!

Thursday!

I organized a redditor meeting, it didn’t go as well as I wished. I admit it, it was my own fuck up by confusing people on /r/Tijuana. Oh well. A few people showed up, and they encouraged me to keep doing. Next redditor meeting is June 30th.


The meeting was over at Border Psycho, so I ate there. Just looking at the pictures I made myself hungry again. Their chorizo Argentino with Chimichurri in a panini is just exalting. I mean.. They mixed my favorite things in one plate. 1 I love hot dogs. 2 I love chimichurri. 3 I love beer.

The hot dog is so fucking tasty. And surprise surprise, they can actually prepare good potatoes that go great with the oily chimichurri and the dijon mustard on the side. I ate like a savage man and it was goddamn glorious.



Insurgente had a keep a glass night, the first one of its kind in Tijuana (that I know of). Great success by them. I was #12 in line at 7:45, got there just in time. Minutes later, the line was long as fuck, as if they were giving away free beer. Went back to Border Psycho to avoid the crowd, check the redding meetup and drink a Sospesso IPA and their Simcoe De Mayo.

Score!



Chad was over at Fauna with our favorite southerner, Martin – (besides the voodoo man himself). Myself and the few redditors that showed up went over there. Fauna was packed.

We got a corner for ourselves when this ball of floof appeared to order a beer at the bar.


I couldn’t help myself and took tons of pictures and for some reason, this morning I gave floof a hipster as fuck personality when posting the pictures.

Full album of Thursday:



NOW BEER FEST

Yep. I am probably not going. Two very good reasons:

1. It’s the weekend and there’s too many people in this sort of stuff.

2. I AM BROKE AS FUCK.

I’m still waiting to get confirmed for a new job, but besides that, no money. And I have obviously been spending way too much on beer and food.

If I go to the beer fest, it would be on Saturday, too tired today and…  Someone needs to give me a free ticket. And brewers have to give me free beer in exchange of pictures. Because I have 190 pesos left in my wallet and I don’t get paid until Sunday (and it’s not very much😦 )

Also, we already have a daily beer fest, it’s Plaza Fiesta and it’s great on Tuesdays!

I know… I know… there’s advantages to the beer fest.

1. It’s a fest, so there’s live music.

2. You get nice little memories and shingadilings.

3. Lots of people if you are into seeing lots of people.

4. All the brewers are there showcasing new brews.

There’s probably many other good reasons to go to the beer fest, but not when broke and tired. Also, several other events happening in Tijuana that are cheaper. So I might go to Comuna because they have a promising show and drink Baja Brew Labs because Pinche Paco in Comuna keeps just brewing Blonde Ales and BBL has young creative minds I like to support. Also! The Jazz and Blues fest on Sunday should be great!

Ok. I’m done for the day. Tune in next time when I’ll explain why I hate Tropic’s so much (… maybe). Also… other writers keep saying “soon, soon soon! SOON! SOON!” So maybe we’ll have other content that is not just mine.

—Matingas

Beers, Tours, and More Beers – Mamut Redemption

I am typing this at Fauna in Plaza Fiesta waiting for an anniversary burger, drinking a Lycan Lupus. There is a lot in my mind. It is all work related.

My birthday was chill. I am now 30. My brother and his wife gave me a beer guide of Mexican craft beer. There is a lot to read and learn. I also got tons of fancy spices from my cousin in Seattle who works at World Spice. More to try. Excited to try all.


Like every week, I drank a lot of beer. The surprise of the week happened on Sunday.

I had a mini Tj Adventure with friend/co-worker Andy. He came down with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s boss and husband. We started at Cevicheria Nais, then Nelson and finally Plaza Fiesta. We drank IPAs at Paralelo 28 and then Andy wanted pizza from Mamut.

I wasn’t excited about Mamut and suggested against it, but we ended up there. Surprise surprise! Mamut was pretty damn good.

I got an American pale ale, it was decent. Definitely better than many Mamuts I’ve been having. I also tried their hoppy wheat. It had more of an IPA taste than a wheat. Also surprisingly good.

Pizzas were also way better. We got the Oaxaqueña and the Tijuaneada.

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(Pic by Andy Boyd)

Oh shit! My burger arrived. Time to take pics.
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(cellphone potato pic)
Burger was a meaty tasty disaster, but way too salty. I ate 82% of it and gave the rest to Lex, the beertender in Tigre that recommended it.


Fries were alright. Nothing special. Ketchup vessels.

I am now drinking my second American IPA from Ludica called Pinball.

It’s funny that it’s an American Indian Pale Ale. IPAs deserve a better name, but I guess it works.

I’ll finish this later, Chad and Bobby just got here.

——————————- I wrote that on May 17th. I should have published it the very next day. Instead I waited and now I want to type more.

Andy is an amazing photographer and every time he comes to Tijuana he works magic. Here’s the full album of his Sunday. I joined halfway through this:

The Pinball IPA at Ludica is great and my favorite in Tigre right now. I loved their Seven Seas brew, but they are not doing it anymore. I asked about the hops in the Pinball and I believe Cascade and Mosaic (and another). But I might be wrong. Bare with me while I venture to learn more about hops and try to recognize them by blind taste.

Like I mentioned before, I also had a lot of other beers after my last post. I went to Madueño and Silenus and took pics of the beers. My mistake is I didn’t take notes.
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I had this, which I think was a pale ale. I remember it was good but on the sweet side. I went with my friend Justin and he got a Porter on Nitro (I believe). It seemed like the nitro wasn’t connected. Had no foam or bubbles or anything. Taste was there, the nitro… wasn’t.

Oh… and I put the Indio in there as a joke. I made fun of people who go to craft beer tap rooms and ask for what they can get in a normal dive bar. I mean.. it’s cool. I was at Chips yesterday (my favorite dive bar) drinking Indios. I like Indios… but WHY would you go to a tap room and not get their beer?! I don’t understand this logic. Is like going to a restaurant and asked them if they can bring you some Sabritas. silenus
Silenus as always did not fail. Both beers were delicious. If I remember correclty, Black IPA and Xanthos IPA. Strong brews, with a bit of syrupy taste, but excellent nonetheless.

I kicked Justin’s ass in MarioKart. He cried. He stopped playing. I want to play more. It’s Tap Tuesday today, might as well go to Silenus and play SNES. Street Fighter challengers, step right up.

I also went to BCB with some friends on a Friday. The place was PACKED. I didn’t even know they expanded. And WHOA the prices. Seriously?! No pictures here because I didn’t think I would be writing about it. Got Lupulosas. Took the stereotypical selfie everyone gets in this place.
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(Lol)
The girls I was with ordered seasoned fries (they were bleh fries). We had to keep asking for more ketchup because they give you a tiny container with a buttload of fries. They also got some mushrooms that were ok. Nothing special.

We were sharing one of those large tables with strangers. There were lesbians on a date (one with a very distracting cleavage). They were getting all sorts of food. THEY DIDNT EVEN FINISH IT. They got the whole meat and cheese plate and some chicken wings. None of them looked extraordinary special, but there’s no way you can fuck up a plate of cold cuts and cheese. THE GIRLS LEFT MORE THAN 25% UNTOUCHED!

I also went to In-Ko-Pah 3 on Saturday. Justin grabbed a shit load of Ballast Points. I didn’t know this, his brother works there. So… SCORE! We also stopped by an Albertson’s before camping.. and holy selection!!! I ended up grabbing a 6-pack of randoms for $10. Justin still has like 4 of them.. which reminds me… I should go to his place soon.

Here’s the full In-Ko-Pah album:

For more info on that… I posted on my personal blog what went down.

Finally.. I went to MAMUT again yesterday. And I feel like talking about Mamut.

Yes. Last time I talked a bit of shit about the place because sometimes their brews are horrible. But Mamut has done A LOT for the beer scene in this city. I remember when it first appeared, beers were going for free, then 10 pesos, then 20… So yeah.. it kinda feels like I’m getting robbed paying 60 pesos for it in Plaza or the actual place, yet I can pay 40 for the original location. Which I guess it’s cool.

I know Juan José since he started. I always believed in Mamut and craft beer in Tijuana. He has always been an awesome guy with me. Many times offering his newest batches for free. I have seen Mamut grow from a baby to what it is now. It has expanded insanely quick to include mezcal, wine and food. For a time, Mamut hosted other restaurants and brewers.

Kitchens, cooks, brewers, beertenders, waiters, everyone has come and gone. Staff doesn’t recognize me anymore because they are all new. They only one that stays there is Chapo, the loyal sidekick with a great attitude and a passion for beer. So yes… Mamut can be shit sometimes, but it can also be great. And overall, it’s a fantastic place and I know that Juan Jose has Mamut because he loves beer (yes, more than money).

Like I said. Mamut is a rollercoaster. It has its ups and downs. Sunday, the new pizza convinced me that the kitchen is doing quality now (it was never bad, it was basic and cheap). Their beers were also damn good. So I went again yesterday to the one upstairs.

I wanted Lupulosa, but they ran out. I got the hoppy instead, with the 50/50 burger. I also wanted to try the hot dogs, probably soon. Hoppy Wheat is their best beer right now (not pictured). It tastes like a nice and light pale ale, with not much wheatiness to it, probably single hop. 2016-05-23 19.08.37
AHH you can’t even see the meat in the picture WTF?! The burger is small for it’s price and when I took my first bite, the meat was pinkish and seemed raw. I’m not going to lie… IT WAS GREAT! Not the best burger in town, but damn good. I guess the pinkish comes because the bacon is mixed into the beef. It had baby spinach and I believe arugula as well. But my favorite part is… YOU CAN TASTE THE CHEESE. So many burgers make it so meaty that they forget the cheese is a very important add-on. I forgot to read the description, but I’m guessing it was Mozzarella…

Fries were also good. Chipotle mayo nice and unexpectedly spicy.

After that, I went to the downstairs original Mamut for cheaper beers. Fuck damn… they didn’t have the hoppy wheat😦

ok… I’ll try the the barley wine. Yep.. yep.. drinkable. Not bad at all.

Ok… Let me try the Doble Red and the Amber Ale.

UNDRINKABLE. Or at least for me. They tasted like cough syrup mixed with tonic water (in a horrible fashion). Both of them tasted bad, with a slight difference of bad. I mean… I usually don’t make assumptions based on a little tiny sampler. I like to drink the whole pint, make sure I get to know the whole beer (not only how it tastes, but how it makes me feel). But yeah… There was no way I was going to waste my money with those beers.

I got the Barley Wine. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It was straight up decent. Friend got the Imperial Stout. It was good, not much to say about it.

Funny story: while drinking them beers in Pasaje Rodriguez, a cholillo walked by and said “Hey man! Do you play Magic!?!”

HAH! Holy fuck! I do! I mean… I haven’t in forever. But I used too. So he takes out two packages from his bag-pack and says he will sell them to me for 100 pesos. Yes. The cards are most likely stolen from Plaza de la Tecnologia. Fuck it. I’ll buy the three booster packs for kicks. Here they are:
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If you have a store in that Plaza, you have some merchandise stolen, and you happen to read this. You can have them cards back. I know … I know. I already opened them. But hey. It’s better than never seeing them again (there’s two that are valued over a dollar).

After that, Norte Brewing Company for some of that delicious Penthouse. Bumped into more friends and some people visiting from Mexico City. And … we continued the night to Chips.

And now here I am. Typing all this crap. I said I would do it more often and then waited a long ass time to do it. Now this post is ridiculously long. No one reads this much. But fuck it. I wanted to start writing more and more.

ITS TAP TUESDAY! So I’ll go drink beer and write some place else that is not my apartment.

— Matingas

Tap Tuesday Enjoyment – New Writers – New Logo

I won’t be able to post on Sunday like I said I would, so I’ll post now instead. This weekend it’s my birthday, so I’ll be busy drinking beer and eating tacos. And yes. My birthday is the whole weekend (it’s on Monday and I am not really doing much celebrating, just the usual).

If you go to the “About Us” section, you’ll notice I added people. These are people that I hang out with frequently and have Tijuana Adventures with them. They showed an interested in sharing their Tijuana stories via my blog (or more like I pushed them to it) so the blog will be more active and complete. “Tijuanas hay muchas,” I’ve heard that around here a lot. There’s a different Tijuana for each one, now there will be more voices added to this page.

They are:

Chad. My roommate, drinking sensei and overall awesome guy. I don’t think there is anyone in the world that dislikes Chad.

Justin. The Gringo who believes he is Mexican though he doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish (boy is trying though). He just moved to Tijuana last week after years saying that he will.

Hiriart. Aka, David. But there are SO MANY fucking Davids (and Juan Carlos’) in this city, that it is just easier to call him Hiriart. He is my neighbor and a highly entertaining writer (I’m a huge fan). He crosses the border daily to go to college in San Diego.

Ailed. I just met Ailed last month via friends. We talked later and she demonstrated an interested on Tijuana Adventure, while telling her more about the project, she showed a desire to contribute, though she is not usually a writer. She has many adventures to share and many more to come in a different Tijuana world that I rarely touch.

—— NOW BEER ——–

This tap Tuesday fell in Mexican Mother’s Day. So the afternoon was spent in Playas with my mom. Because my mom is awesome, she said she didn’t want to be taken out, instead she rather cook. She made awesome enchiladas:
After that, me and Justin went to Plaza Fiesta to enjoy them cheap beers. We started at El Tigre. Many friends were there drinking already. There was also a table with moms and daughters drinking caguamas of Tecate Light. Justin got the Kolsch I got the Bitter.
IMG_8577Kolsch was leaning more towards a lager than an ale. It was good, but not really my choice of beer. Bitter was decent but lacking flavor (imo), better than the kolsch.
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Having a little fun, told the beertender to wave his phone in the background. BTW people… TIP YOUR FUCKING BEERTENDERS.
IMG_8583 The fridge in Tigre Bar has all those beers… but people order caguamas the most. Tap Tuesday people!! Craft beers for 40 pesos, people were buying caguamas for 50. What’s wrong with you!?

We continued to Insurgente because it is never a let down. Justin got the Simcoe de Mayo beer and since the beertender told me that Lupulosa and their new Simcoe beer had nothing in common, I got a Lupulosa for a comparison taste.

IMG_8588 Lupulosa left – Simcoe de Mayo right.IMG_8589 This time, I waved my phone in the back for the amusing effect.
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And… COME ON! They are very similar, for starters, they are both IPAs. The differences are obvious and you can see it in the picture. Simcoe has a lighter look, tastes dryer and has a nice hoppy finish. Lupulosa has a dark look and a great blend of hoppinness with maltiness and is not as effervescent. Lupulosa has been an old time favorite, but I was liking the Simcoe better, I love dry hoppy finishes. The nose is almost identical for both beers, or maybe I just need to get a better nose.

Chad joined in around 10ish after his DUI classes. He got the Tinieblo (his favorite Insurgente I believe).

We bounced over to Fauna and other friends joined us. There I got the Lycan Lupus, there was also a sour beer (not from Fauna), Mala Vida the Belgian and another one… I forgot… a brown? 
IMG_8593Lycan is still top 5 IPAs in Tijuana. I guess I was going for the beers I favor, but I tried a drink of all. It is so rare to find sour ales in Tijuana, this one was good umami beer, but with no bubbles, or like Chad described “TASTES LIKE KOMBUCHA!” It made me wish I ordered the sour instead of the Lycan.

IMG_8594 This girl had her head stuck in a bike lock (on purpose) and someone was taking her picture. I love taking pictures of people taking pictures (I don’t know why). She saw the picture I took and gave me a piece of paper with her email so I can send it to her. Sent it to her, but it’s not that great of a picture…
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Chad also ordered guacamole and Justin some taquitos. For those that know me… they know this is a big deal. I TRIED THE GUACAMOLE. For those that do not know me…. Well then you don’t understand why this is a big deal for me and I don’t feel like explaining.
IMG_8599 A trio of IPAs. Mine is the hoppy/happy one.IMG_8600
We ended up in Paralelo 28 and got three IPAs. I forgot if we got the Nelson or another one, but I have a feeling it was the Nelson IPA. Chad ordered fries, that were covered in sauces. They were aight’.

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I paid for the Uber XL back home. Fuckers owe me a beer.
IMG_8609 IMG_8610 IMG_8611 The drinking team!
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One last picture before we get ni the Uber… Bucio giving thumbs up. 


The next day we went to Norte. I drank 5 (Penthouse) IPAs and got pretty fucked. Ended up taking a snooze at Nelson bar. I never do that shit. I guess 5 IPAs from Norte will do that to me (I usually only drink 3).

Here are pictures from Norte that I took a week before. I fucking love the view and beers in this place and you will find me here more often than not.

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And now… You won’t here from me for a while. I gotta finish some writing stuff that actually pays me instead of this silliness. Oh but I do enjoy posting silliness. Also. Taking pictures is fun. I want to get paid to take pictures. Someone pay me to take pictures. I want more gear!

ANDDDDD FINALLY!

Pinche Paco is delivering a new logo for the webpage. I’ll probably end up making t-shirts and stuff. This is what he gave me for my birthday (gracias Pinche Paco). Make sure to check out Comuna (nano)Brew in Plaza Mexico (in downtown). pinche paco final

— Matingas