When you land in Los Cabos, the first thing you see—even before you get off the airplane—is a royal blue warehouse. It’s almost the size of the airport itself, a looming welcome that has the word “Corona” painted across the side in golden letters. It’s a glaring metaphor about the state of beer in Baja California Sur, where craft is nothing more than a novelty. This is the land of the $1 cerveza after all.
“Carlsberg or Eepa?”
The question comes from a blonde-haired, blue-eyed and blue-clad flight attendant.
I look back at her, confused, and say, “Excuse me, what?”
She pulls out two cans from her roving bar. There’s a familiar green can in one hand and a less familiar blue one on the other. The latter is adorned with the signature Mikkeller cartoon people grappling over an airplane. She repeats her question again, this time with emphasis on the respective cans, “Carlsberg or Eepa?”
Rockmill Brewery’s Cask Aged Triple is more than your a typical Belgian beer. It has all the spice and dried fruit flavors one would expect from the genre, but it's also full of oak and smoke from time spent in local whiskey barrels.
Its bottle is just as striking. Capped with a cork-and-cage enclosure, the thick glass is adorned with the dark image of a metal horse on charred wood. They say you eat with your eyes first, but this beer suggests you drink with them too. The red-orange edges of the silhouette and woodgrain appear hot to the touch – maybe it smells like ash and burnt sugar – but this image was taken six-years-ago by Brian Kellett, the 31-year-old designer and photographer responsible for the Ohio brewery’s aesthetic.