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U.S. and Mexico breweries cross borders make a collaborative beer to increase trade relations

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 23:42:49-05

A Hermosillo and Tucson brewery came together to make a collaborative beer called Cerveza Sin Fronteras or Beer Without Borders. 

Buqui Bichi Brewery in Hermosillo and Tucson's Borderlands Brewing Company said they were disgusted from the talk about building a wall between Mexico and the United States.



"We were like it is so stupid, we think there are so many possibilities, so many potential potential opportunities for collaborations with you know are friends and colleagues in Mexico," said Borderlands Brewing's Mike Mallozzi.

What makes this beer unique are the ingredients.

"The mesquite flour and piloncillo sugar are things you will not find very often," said Buqui Bichi's Ramon Osuna.

The companies bought ingredients from both countries and put together a recipe that is brewed at both breweries, but what would happen if the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went away under new presidency.



"Mexican breweries who are largely importing brewery ingredients from the U.S. without tariffs and without limitations on the amounts that they can buy," said Mallozzi. "If that were to go away then the grain companies would lose a lot of business."

This will make the price of a beer increase.
They hope this beer shows how two companies from different countries can work together to create a product and increase economy. 

"I think it will plant a seed in people's minds to make them understand that there is a ton of people in Sonora coming here, spending their money and hopefully make them understand that if they just cater to those people there are opportunities to be had and vice versa," said Mallozzi.Mallozzi.

Mallozzi plans on distributing the beer throughout Arizona restaurants and in the spring Osuna will be selling his beer in Tucson in the spring.