Drink of the Week: Tecate, The Tin Can Tavern & Grille (Morganford)
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Movie night at the Tin Can is the first Monday of the month. A big screen is set up just inside the front door, and cult movies are digitally projected onto it and blasted through the house sound system. It's like watching movies in your friend's parents' den, down to the baskets of just-popped popcorn passed around the room. The employees' demeanor is casual and familiar. When our bartender/server, wearing an AC/DC t-shirt, brought beers to our table and popped them open before handing them over, he seemed like the benevolent older brother that lets you have some of his beer.
The Tin Can's drink menu groups its beers by price. Tecate falls into the fourth tier, at $3.75 per can. Aside from its import status, it fits in squarely with the Tin Can aesthetic. With my eyes closed, I would be hard-pressed to distinguish it from Budweiser. Tecate is advertised with the tag line, "with character," but that character seems to come mainly from marketing and the distinctive red-and-gold can itself. Even the brewery's history has an American, melting-pot quality to it. Supposedly, the tradition of squeezing lime into Mexican beer started with Tecate, originally brewed in the Mexican town of the same name, by a Scotsman who got the idea from the British practice of giving sailors limes with their daily ration of grog to prevent scurvy.
Death Wish 3 has the distinction of a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 0%, with such dour comments from critics as, "The action, direction and special effects are all better than the last time around, which isn't saying much" and, "The final, sorry rattle in Charles Bronson's career." So maybe it was perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the Day of the Dead. With its skeleton imagery and graveside visits, the holiday may seem macabre to those outside the culture, but it's about celebrating the lives of those who are gone with eating and drinking and revelry. Nothing could be more fitting than cracking open a can of beer in the homey environs of the Tin Can and having a few laughs.
Alicia Lohmar is a south-city dweller and accomplished drinker, to which she credits her German ancestry and Catholic upbringing.