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5 Best Puerto Vallarta Breweries For Craft Beer

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Corona and Pacifico are great, but sometimes you want something other than a mass-produced lager. In this post, we’ll look at some of the best breweries in Puerto Vallarta.

There’s actually quite a bit of local craft beer in Puerto Vallarta. Whether you’re looking for an IPA, a stout, or a sour, you can find it in this City by the (Banderas) Bay.

While there aren’t a ton of Puerto Vallarta breweries, the list has been growing steadily over the past few years. I’ve done lots of, um, let’s call it “research” for this post, so let’s tap the kegs and get this one flowing!

Breweries in Puerto Vallarta
Cheers to craft beer in PV! Photo by Sasha Savinov

Puerto Vallarta Breweries

Let’s start things off downtown in the Romantic Zone. It may be the party hub of Puerto Vallarta, but there are a few great breweries here as well.

1. Monzon Brewery Puerto Vallarta

lora looking over beer canisters at monzon brewery

Monzón Brewing Co: The team at Monzón has been leading the craft beer revolution in Puerto Vallarta for half a decade now. Founded by Seattlites Reid and Miranda, this brewery is definitely the jewel of the craft beer scene in Puerto Vallarta.

What I love most about Monzón is that they always come up with fresh new brews. At the moment, they have a Hefeweizen, Saison, Sour Mango, Hazy NEIPA, and an Imperial Stout with toasted coconut. And that’s only about half of the beers currently on tap!

Another reason Monzón tops the list of best breweries in Puerto Vallarta is the sense of community they foster. Their Drops in a Bucket program supports local charities, and during the pandemic, they helped serve thousands of hot meals to people in need.

Monzon Brewery Puerto Vallarta
Cheers to craft beer in PV! Photo by Sasha Savinov

Monzón also has lots of events, such as their weekly trivia and other fun events like beer pong tournaments and movie nights. It’s also a great spot to watch the big game in their Mozaic Room upstairs.

All that craft beer might make you hungry, and they’ve got you covered at Monzón! Their food menu is always changing, and I’ve never had something there I didn’t like. The mac & cheese is the stuff of legends, and they make some epic fish tacos as well.

Last but not least, you can join their Storm Chasers program to get great discounts and a free beer on your birthday.

2. Los Muertos Brewery Puerto Vallarta

Los Muertos Brewery
Now that’s a flight! Photo by Sasha Savinov

Los Muertos Brewing: A few blocks from Los Muertos Beach, you’ll find the brewery of the same name. This Puerto Vallata brewery is the OG, as they were the first to pour craft beer in the city.

On my first lap around the Romantic Zone back in 2017, I was beyond stoked to stumble upon this place. After a flight and a couple of pints, I also stumbled out of it!

Their classic lineup of beer includes a lager, wheat, chili ale, amber, IPA, American strong ale, and a stout. Grab a flight to see which one you like the best! Or go during their “Hoppy Hour” from 4-6 PM to get a pint of any beer for just 40 pesos.

My only real complaint with Los Muertos is that they never really mixed it up with the beer selection. However, it looks like they now have a few seasonal beers in addition to the classics. At the moment, they have a West Coast Juicy IPA and an Imperial Pilsner.

The best part about Los Muertos beer is pairing it with their awesome pizza. This is definitely one of the top pizzas in Puerto Vallarta, best washed down with a cold one.

They also opened a sister location around the corner called El Granero, where you can get the same beer. It’s more of a trendy bar atmosphere, and the food menu is different as well.

The craft beer scene is expanding in PV, and you can now find a few breweries on the other side of the bridge. Here are some options in other Puerto Vallarta neighborhoods where you can grab a pint.

3. Yambak Puerto Vallarta

A packed dance floor at Yambak PV.

Yambak: This place was such a hit in Sayulita that they decided to open a PV location as well. And I’m so happy they did! It combines three of my favorite things – craft beer, pizza, and live music.

They brew most of the beers on tap here and have several guest taps from other local breweries. On any given night, you have around 10-12 options to choose from.

They also make some damn good wood-fired pizzas here that pair perfectly with the beer. Oh yeah, and there’s a large outdoor terrace where they have house DJs several nights a week. Yambak is such a fun place to party and has quickly become one of my fave places to go at night in Puerto Vallarta.

It’s hard to beat the location of Yambak – right off the main drag in El Centro, just a block from the Malecon and a short trip from Zona Romantica. This makes it the perfect spot to start (or end) your night out on the town.

4. Los Cuentos

It’s pretty easy to miss this little taproom tucked in a corner off the highway in the Versalles neighborhood. This is one of the hidden gems in the craft beer Puerto Vallarta scene.

Los Cuentos beer has been around PV for a while, on tap at restaurants and in bottles at various stores, but their tap room is pretty new. Drop by to sample their lager, tropical IPA, and chocolate stout. This is a great place to try a flight as they give generous 6.75 oz pours of each.

Their little kitchen whips up some impressive plates as well, such as beef marrow tacos and a delicious shrimp broth. They usually give you a little taster plate for each beer you order as well.

Los Cuentos Puerto Valalrta
Gotta try ’em all at Los Cuentos. Photo by Sasha Savinov

5. El Terrible

El Terrible: Don’t let the name fool you, as this local PV brewery is actually pretty good. It takes a bit of effort to get there as it’s even past Pitillal (click here for directions), but it’s worth it if you show up thirsty and hungry.

As far as beers go, they have German Pils, chocolate stout, blueberry ale, and a red ale. They also have hard seltzer and cider here if you’re into that.

For food, you can munch on classic pub fare like fries, wings, and nachos. It’s definitely a fun place to visit and escape the hordes of tourists downtown.

Short on time? Check out this craft beer tour in Puerto Vallarta! You’ll sample artisan-produced microbrews, led by a knowledgeable guide.

Brewmasters Festival

The 2023 Brewmasters festival, a celebration held mid-November during the domestic holiday weekend, showcased the talents of master brewers from Puerto Vallarta and beyond. Taking place at Parque Hidalgo, this was the sixth edition of the event, and it was so much fun.

Thirteen local breweries along with craft beer specialists from Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, Quintana Roo, and Baja California gathered to share their finest brews. The festival wasn’t just about beer, though. It also featured eight agave distilled beverage bars, a lively cocktail bar, and a bustling food vendors area offering everything from pizza and tacos to BBQ and ceviches.

With live music from local bands and DJs setting the soundtrack for the weekend, Brewmasters created a fun and family-friendly atmosphere that was perfect for anyone eager to dive deeper into Mexico’s craft beer scene. The event was a hit, and we’re all hoping it makes a return in 2024.

lora hugging a large thing of beer at brewhaus

FAQ: Puerto Vallarta Beer

What beer do they drink in Puerto Vallarta?

Locals and visitors in Puerto Vallarta often enjoy popular Mexican lagers like Corona and Pacifico, but the city also boasts a growing selection of craft beers, including IPAs, stouts, and sours.

How much does a beer cost in Puerto Vallarta?

The price of a beer in Puerto Vallarta varies widely depending on the venue and type of beer, ranging from 20 pesos for a local lager at a casual spot to around 60-80 pesos for a craft beer at a trendier bar.

What are the biggest breweries in Mexico?

Mexico’s largest breweries include Grupo Modelo (known for Corona and Pacifico) and Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (producers of Sol and Tecate).

Does Mexico have craft beer?

Yes, the craft beer scene in Mexico has been blossoming, with numerous microbreweries popping up across the country offering a diverse range of styles and flavors.

Do they have IPAs in Mexico?

Absolutely! IPAs are quite popular among craft beer enthusiasts in Mexico, with many local breweries producing their own unique takes on this hoppy brew.

Is Puerto Vallarta cash only?

No, many places in Puerto Vallarta accept credit cards, especially hotels, upscale restaurants, and larger shops, but it’s wise to carry some cash for smaller vendors and taxis.

Should I bring dollars or pesos to Puerto Vallarta?

Tipping in pesos is preferred in Puerto Vallarta as it’s easier for locals to use, but tips in U.S. dollars are also widely accepted.

Where is the nightlife in Puerto Vallarta?

The heart of Puerto Vallarta’s nightlife pulses in the Zona Romantica and along the Malecon.

Final thoughts: Breweries in Puerto Vallarta

That does it for our rundown of the top Puerto Vallarta breweries. From the taps of Monzón Brewing Co. to the cozy corners of Los Cuentos, Puerto Vallarta offers a growing craft beer scene that caters to every kind of beer enthusiast.

So grab a pint, take in the beautiful views, and toast to the unforgettable experiences that only Puerto Vallarta can offer.

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  • Sasha Savinov

    Sasha is a teacher, writer, and video producer from Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State (Go Green!) and has since lived in China, Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia. Sasha and his wife Rachel run Grateful Gnomads, where they write about teaching ESL, digital nomad life, long-term travel, live music, and more.

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