Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Santiago de Queretaro,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Mexico is among the
world's top beer producers but it wasn't always so.
It took a war of
independence from Spain (and their heavy regulation and high taxes placed on
local production of beers and wines) along with a late 19th century influx of
German immigrants to push Mexico into world class beer making.
Germans brought their
knowledge and expertise to the field which caused the local market to diversify
and improve its products.
There is more to the story
including Big Beer and Big Business buying out breweries using their Big
Advertising Budgets to saturate the markets.
However, changing consumer
habits are fueling a current boom in craft beers.
Located just 7 kilometers from the historic center of the city
Santiago de Queretaro, is the old and
picturesque Hercules neighborhood. Here is the home of a textile factory, and
also... a brewery!
Sign for Hercules
We weren't sure where
Hercules Cerveceria was located, and while our friend said he'd walk to the
factory, we decided that in the heat of the day, we'd take a cab.
hotel, our taxi
charged 70 Pesos (about $3.50USD). He followed the route of the
3-century old aqueduct, and we
arrived at Hercules 20 minutes later.
Even upon entering the
factory, we had no clue.
It was immense and by no
means did it look like it housed either a brewery or a restaurant anywhere.
We wandered for another 10
Large area for dining
Finally, somewhere and somehow after asking
questions of anyone we could find, we were "sort of" directed to an area where
we found seating for lunch.
Seriously, we kept saying to ourselves "How
can you hide a brewery? Where IS this place?"
We found out later that this industrial
complex is almost 4 thousand square meters with large warehouses that have been
adapted as studios and offices. To this day, the factory still produces threads,
blankets, fabrics... and beer.
Various taps for draft beers
Specializing in 100% local Queretaro beer,
they make Czech Pilsner, White India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and English Pale
List of beers available
Here you see the names of the beers on the
left with the style listed in the next column.
The alcohol content is the next column, then
the 4 different sizes in which this liquid is served.
As batches are brewed and the menu changes,
we saw young men on ladders changing the listing of what is available. They
adjusted the names, prices and alcohol content.
The inner workings of the brewery
Billy was able to wander around to see the
old equipment of a previous Brew Master located here in another room.
For whatever reason, young staff chased him
Must be a BIG secret here...
Billy was able to photograph these new
But.... only for a second or two.
I guess there were no tours allowed.
This seemed odd to us, as we have toured many
factories in our visits to the
Triangle of Tequila, and makers were proud to show us their products.
Maybe the young ones working there didn't
know the benefit that publicity of this Cerveceria would have.
Chalkboard listing of beers and pricing
Here is a chalkboard menu of beers
with their style, alcohol content and price.
It was a bit easier to read since it was more
This factory also makes a seasonal beer made
with German malts and hops that has been cold matured for three months. There's
an Oktoberfest and a vinyl record market aimed at collectors and music lovers.
Beer's a-flowin' and food is chomped down on
Chalkboard menu of food items
Speaking of food, this was the menu of what
was available along with their pricing.
Bratwurst hot dog with sauerkraut
ordered an IPA beer and a Pretzel dog with German bratwurst.
Billy said that the
bratwurst was good but the pretzel could have been more “pretzel-ly”.
It was too soft, too
doughy, and could have used more "chew."
But he loved his beer!
Frankfurter hot dog with sauerkraut
A friend of ours ordered the Frankfurter and
agreed with Billy that the bun itself needed to taste more like a soft pretzel,
maybe with more sour dough flavor.
More chew please!
Hamburger, French Fries and a beer
This is the old Classic - Hamburger, French
Fries and a Beer.
Our other friend loved it all!
I ordered a Spinning Jenny,
but the English Pale Ale was just a little bitter for me. Our
Hamburger-and-French-Fry-Friend suggested I get the Czech Pilsner and that was more to my liking.
Being a German Brewery, I
ordered a Ruben sandwich, which I expected to be superb. However, I would give
my Ruben a "B".
All the ingredients were
there, but it needed more of this and that - more sauce on the sandwich, more
melted cheese, and juicier sauerkraut.
However, I have to give it
to them. My sandwich was served with a dark smoky/sweet chili sauce that was
really, really good!
Something new and
Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream
Billy then ordered dessert
for the table to share.
The warm fudge-y brownie
with vanilla ice cream was excellent.
While we waited nearly 10
minutes to receive our dessert, it was gone in a flash with 4 spoons digging in and
clanking against each other.
The bill for 4 people
Our friends' beer selections are listed at
the top of this bill and the total came to 1,180Pesos or $59USD before tip.
Our portion was 725Pesos, or about $36USD
All in all, visiting this brewery is worth
your time. Definitely enjoy their selection of beers!
To find their location, click on the map
Would we return?
Avenida Hércules Poniente
Santiago de Queretaro CP.
Tele: (442) 223.1407 OR
(442) 403 6140
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