Mango Moonshining Xcalak, Mexico

Where I come from in South Carolina, we are famous for our moonshine, that is brewed in the hills and mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina.  I was very surprised when I found out that there is moonshine being made now in Xcalak.

I first came exposed to Muir Blanco, moonshine, on the malecon at the Tropicante.  Nancy at the Tropicante book store sells bottles of the moonshine, and I had a chance to sample it there.  They sell Muir Blanco to cruise ship and local tourists.

I have tasted the moonshine made in Xcalak, and it tastes just like it does back home.  I just find it hard to believe that good old corn liquor moonshine is being brewed in Xcalak, on the Caribbean.  Established in 2013, they are proud to announce that are the first artisanal brewery and distillery in the state of Quintana Roo.

They also brew their own beer in Xcalak.  They currently have three different types of beer that they brew, Tarpon Tale Ale, Costa Maya Sunrise Amber, and Permit Me 1 Porter, which they sell on tap at their bar.  I have also tried their beer on several occasions, and it reminds me of the specialty brews made back at home in the USA.

So if you are in Mahahual or Xcalak, try some of the Muir Blanco moonshine, or one of their specially brewed beers to get a real taste of moonshine and beer brewed right here in Xcalak and Quintana Roo.

Here is their website

mango_moonshining_sign-217x300 Beer_Bottles

HOLA from Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Located at the Southern most tip of Mexico’s COSTA MAYA on the Caribbean shores.

Established in 2013, we are proud to announce that we were the first artisanal brewery and distillery in the state of Quintana Roo.

After a well needed vacation in Seattle, hopping from brew pub to brew pub…pairing all kinds of beers and oysters…we were addicted.

Living in Mexico for the last 30 years, limited by Mexico’s brew, we miss the other artisan flavours.

SO, after a lot of trial and error, late night YouTubing, help from friends in the business……we started brewing in our kitchen,
Home Kitchen Bottling Plantusing the guest bathroom as our fermenting room.
Bathroom Fermenting RoomEven Mom got involved in the bottling process….Bottle Washing Mom at 84We moved to the garage……Dave In GarageAnd eventually built an 1100 square foot nano brewery with a 1200 square foot adjacent distillery to it.
Nano BreweryWe cook on a Sabco brew magic system and brew 15 gallons at a time.
Sabco in the Garage

We offer three main recipes and seasonal special brews:

1. TARPON TALE ALE with a wild fish story in every bottle
Tarpon Tale Pale Ale2. COSTA MAYA SUNRISE AMBER for those legendary Caribbean mornings
Sunrise Amber Ale3. PERMIT ME 1 PORTER served on tap in our bar
Costa de Cocos Bar

After a year of brewing, and more sleepless nights on YouTube….we contemplated distilling whiskey.

Mango Moonshining Inc. is located in the heart of the Mayan people, and “maize” or corn and sugar cane fields not far away. Fresh local ingredients gave birth to our CORN WHISKEY; better known as moonshine…Corn used to create moonshine


Our first 100 gallon still was built by Anthony at Mt Raineer Stills, shipped over to Miami, boated over to Cancun, and finally driven the 5 hours south to home.
100 Gallon Still
After a year experimenting with our first column still, we decided we needed a better way to process the corn, and another still to strip the alcohol out of the mash….

At that point we had a 500 gallon still constructed to our specifications in Cancun with another copper tower built by Anthony.
500 gallon Still with Alex, Dave, and OmarWe have added a 250 gallon cooking vessel to prepare the corn.
200 Gallon CookerSo as of August 2015 we have about 400 gallons of whiskey in oak barrels, built in
Guadalahara, aging…and when the breeze off the Caribbean is slight, you can smell the “Angels Share”
Whiskey in Oak BarrelsWe have trained three local guys, Antonio to brew, Alex and Omar to mash and distill.
Antonio BrewingAll of our by products are used by us and our chickens, enough left over for all the neighbours in town.
Chickens Eating GrainOur new Ford Transit, to be outfitted, pictures to follow when done, will distribute our products around southern Quintana Roo.

We are also the owners of Costa de Cocos, a fly fishing and scuba diving destination. Our hotel includes 16 palapa cabanas, and the “THE REEL INN, our onsite restaurant and bar. Of course we serve and sell our products there.
Costa de Cocos Restaurant & Bar

We offer our Mula Blanca….white whiskey, AKA moonshine
Mula Blanca Labelin 250 ml and 750 ml bottles.

Mula BlancaWe also have a limited release of our first oak barrel aged 15 month old whiskey.



Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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