Beer MateVeza Black Lager

Published on July 26th, 2010 | by David Anderson


Brew Review: Mateveza Organic Black Lager

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Why haven’t natural “energy + alcohol” products received more attention?
MateVeza Black Lager

One of the trends that has bothered me most over the last few years is the massive profusion of outrageously-flavored artificial-ingredient-packed energy drinks — even among responsible, generally-sustainability-aware young adults.

The best alternative I’ve found is MateVeza, which is great organic beer, brewed with Yerba Mate, a naturally caffeinated coffee-alternative. Although it’s finally becoming available in some Whole Foods and other “greenie” grocery stores, MateVeza is still mostly a California/west coast phenomenon. But based on the product itself, I can’t see why.

Although I’ve tried other types of MateVeza, I have to say the Black Lager is my favorite. I’m generally a fan of anything dark, with rich overtones — a good porter is right in my wheelhouse, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It was lighter in my stomach than I expected, but still pleasantly rich and complex to the taste buds. However, I’m not much of a beer quality expert; for that, head over to their site and look at other, more professional reviews.

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About the Author

David Anderson is the Founder and Publisher of Important Media. He started his first blog on the nexus of energy and environmental issues in 2006, and has focused exclusively on renewable energy, sustainability, green business and environmental politics ever since. David graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Political Science/International Relations and Sociology, and minors in Biology and Law. David lives in San Francisco, and tries to stop thinking about work long enough each week to eat, sleep, and play some ultimate frisbee.

2 Responses to Brew Review: Mateveza Organic Black Lager

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  2. Tchell says:

    A great tasting California craft beer and organic to boot. Ask your local beer retailer to stock MateVeza.

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