The Story of Mexican Beer

Costa Maya Mahahual

The Story of Mexican


Mexican Beer

The Spaniards were the first to introduce barley and wheat based beers to Mexico although production was limited in the early days, in part due to the lack of available grains.

The first official concession to brew European-style beers was issued by the Spanish authorities in the middle of the 16th century; however, despite the brewers’ attempts to expand the business by growing more crops locally to increase the supply of barley at a lower price, heavy regulation and high taxation imposed by Spain on locally-produced beers and wines stymied the industry’s growth.

After Mexico’s War of Independence saw-off the European regulators and their taxes, beer production began to flourish in Mexico. During the latter part of the 19th century, an influx of German immigrants brought additional knowledge and expertise to the field which caused the local market to diversify and improve its…

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I got a Medical Problem, and Need advice

Usually I would not do this, ask for medical advice on this blog, but I am at a loss.  I have had a stomach problem and it is getting more frequent, and it is starting to make my life miserable, and keeping me from working.  I am doing this in hope that maybe one of you blog readers have experience this, or know someone who has.  Me and the doctors here are baffled, they have never seen this before, so it has to be some kind of “Gringo” thing, or illness.  I posted this below on Facebook for my friends, so I thought why not post on blog, because if I am dead or dying I can’t write bog.  Or if you know a doctor in the USA, ask them what they think of this, Thanks.

“Ok, I got a medical problem, and I have been to the doctor 3 times, and they keep giving me acid pills and magnesium and stuff like that and nothing is working. I had another attack today and one on Tuesday, so I have missed work this week. This all started in Playa del Carmen about 3 or 4 years ago when I had my first attack. They used to come once or twice a year, then once every two or three months, and now much more frequently.
Here are my symptoms, I wake up either at night, or in the morning with bad heartburn and indigestion, (does not matter what food I ate or when I have come to realize, it even happens on an empty stomach), and then I start dry heaving, and then vomit up clear or a white liquid, no food, or food particles, or anything with color. I then get nausea and have to lay down in bed, and can barely move. My right arm gets numb, I start to sweat, and I can just lay in bed. I dry heave and vomit up just small amounts of clear liquid like I said. I mean it knocks me out for almost exactly 8 hours like it did today. It started at around 9 am and lasted until exactly 7pm, and this happens every time, and then after 8 hours and dry heaving all day, I then feel all right. I cannot figure out what this is, I have cut out almost everything and nothing works. I don’t drink alcohol, no coffee, no spicy foods, and no late night eating, and nothing is working.
So I am at a loss, and if there are any doctors or nurses out there who could have an idea what this is let me know. I don’t know if I am allergic or something, I don’t think it is fatal, and I never vomit up blood or even food, so no ulcer or bleeding in my stomach, so doctors can’t figure it out.
So anybody got any ideas, I will listen to any thoughts or ideas you may have. Or if you have ever heard of this, or knew somebody else that has experience this please let me know, I am at my wit’s end, and help would be appreciated. Thanks

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South carolina

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

I never thought I would see the Fox News quote a publication I write for, but Fox News recently quoted the Yucatan Times as a source.  I came across this today from the editor of the Yucatan Times on Facebook, and I thought some of you might find this interesting.

“Thank you to The San Francisco Chronicle and Fox News for using The Yucatan Times as a source of local news!!!”

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘

build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

A Mexican newspaper on Monday criticized a group of tourists from the U.S. on spring break who reportedly chanted “build that wall” during a cruise off Cancun, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The chanting occurred on a “Pirate Ship” attraction. The Yucatan Times called the chant an act of “xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country.”

The paper described the cruise as an entertainment excursion allows attendees to witness sword fights and drinking. The paper reported, “This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.”

The Mexican paper referred to a social media post by a Peruvian man who was on board the ship.

“Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous ‘Build that wall’ chant louder and louder’.”


That is the Fox News report, now here is the editorial that Fox News I think was referring to from the Yucatan Times.

EDITORIAL: Spring Breakers chanting “Build That Wall” in Cancun is unacceptable

CANCUN — What would be a dream night for Suly and Anaximandro Amable, a newly married couple who went to Cancun for their honeymoon, became a bitter experience on Monday March 13.

During a family show on the high seas, young American spring breakers began to sing the controversial “Build That Wall” chant, which shocked Mexican national tourists and workers.

This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable.

Anaximandro, from Perú, made the following statement on social networks: “Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous “Build that wall” chant louder and louder”.

This chant became popular across the US in the wake of Trump’s Election Day victory. And it went viral on social networks, when students at a Michigan middle school began chanting Build the wall!” during lunch on the day after Trump’s election, November 17, 2016.

The “Pirate Ship” sails out from Puerto Juárez, and the show takes place in the middle of the ocean, where attendees can witness the clashing of swords and the explosion of cannons along with a constant flow of drinks.

Several Mexican tourists on board the ship expressed their annoyance, but the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn.

This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.

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American Tourists at Pirate Ship Cancún (Photo: Google)

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Anaximandro Amable Facebook post (Source; Facebook)

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Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, Mahahual

First of all I would like to apologize to Robert Gruber, owner of Yemaya Beach, for taking so long to get this article out.  I went to a birthday party about a month ago, took some photos, at Yemaya Beach, and I told Robert I would put them on this blog with his information and website.  Well I had to leave the birthday party early, and kind of forgot about the article until I found photos this morning.  So again sorry, I have been a little behind schedule.

Like I said, Yemaya Beach is owned and operated by Robert Gruber, originally from Germany.  I have seen Robert around Mahahual since I have been here, so he has been here quite a while. Well he has opened a beach club south of town on the coastal road to Xcalak.

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His place is about 4.5 kilometers south of town.

Entrance to Yemaya.

It is a great little spot on the beach, and you can see the port and Mahahual from the beach there.

Beach at Yemaya.

Robert has a swing bar, a restaurant, and all the other beach club amenities. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, get a massage and there are also kayaks.

Cool swing bar.

Birthday party I was at.

They also have rooms, or cabanas I should say, you can stay in.  Here is their ad off of

“Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual is set in Mahahual. The resort has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a private bathroom.

You will find concierge service at the property.

A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. The nearest airport is Chetumal International Airport, 68 km from Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual.

We speak your language!”

Also I got this off of their website.

“Our secluded, private beach club offers an authentic “off the beaten path” experience, while our friendly staff, full service bar & restaurant provide all the necessary comforts. Kayaks are available for guests as well as massages (upon request).

Whether you are looking for an exclusive beach location where to kick back for the day, a serene spot where to settle for a camping vacation in the Caribbean, a gorgeous setting where to celebrate a special occasion, or just a place where you can enjoy doing nothing, Yemayá Beach Club & Resort is waiting for you!”

So if you are here on a cruise ship, or on vacation, or an expat looking for a different place to go for the day or night, check out Yemaya Beach Club and Resort.

If you are interested in visiting or booking a room at Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, I am enclosing their website below, so you can check them out for yourself.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mayan chewing gum penetrates global organic-foods market

Mayan farmers in the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo have become players in the global chewing gum market with their unique and organic product.

Sold under the brand Chicza Organic Rainforest Gum, the biodegradable chewing gum was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to 26 European countries, Canada and the United States.

Introduced to the global market during BioFach 2009, the world’s largest trade fair for organic food, Chicza was chosen as one of the top 20 original products.

Chicza is made from raw latex obtained from the sustainable harvest of the chicozapote tree by Consorcio Chiclero, an umbrella cooperative that brings together 40 groups representing some 2,000 small producers from the two southeastern states.

The cooperative provides gum producers with social security, scholarships and other benefits, improving the quality of life of their families.

The chicozapote, or Manilkara zapota, trees from which the latex is taken are located in a 1.3-million-hectare region of rainforest with organic certification.

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO:

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO:

The cooperative produces 40 tonnes of flavored chewing gum annually, while an additional 100 tonnes of raw gum are exported every year to Japan and Singapore, which have been buying Campeche and Quintana Roo gum for over 100 years.

The processed gum comes in five flavors, lime, cinnamon, mint, spearmint and mixed berry.

With offices in Quintana Roo and the United Kingdom, Consorcio Chiclero oversees all stages of the production chain, from cultivation to distribution and exporting the finished product.

CEO Manuel Alderete Terrazas says Chicza is proof that the private sector doesn’t have to be at odds with the environment.



Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Gamecocks in Sweet Sixteen in NCAAs

The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate defeating the Duke

I was sitting here debating whether or not to write something about the South Carolina Gamecocks basketball team, my alma mater, making to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.  I was wondering if any of the readers of this blog may be interested in that content or understand it, and then I thought, it is my blog, I can write what I want.

When I went to college I majored with the intent of becoming a famous sports writer one day.  Well about my junior year I realized how much newspaper writers getting out of college, so I started taking marketing and advertising classes.  So here is my attempt, I guess, at being a sports writer after 35 years.

So let me state first off, I thought I would never in my lifetime say the words, “The South Carolina Gamecocks are going to the Sweet Sixteen”.  It has been 44 years since the Gamecocks last won a NCAA tournament game much less two.  1973 was the last time the Gamecocks won a NCAA tournament game, when I was in high school, during the old Frank McGuire days.

So this year when the Gamecocks did their usual late season choke, I did not give them much of  a chance.  In fact, I did not even pick them in my NCAA BB bracket to win, I picked Marquette.  But being a faithful Gamecock and alumni, and being 2,500 miles away, I still sat down to watch Thursday night here in my place in Mahahual.

The thing that was interesting, the Gamecocks were playing in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, for the weekend tournament.  So I got to watch them play in my home town, and I kept trying to catch people on TV that I might know.  They would also show scenery of Greenville during the broadcasts, and I got to see places I could recognize, and not seen in almost eight years.

So Thursday night the Gamecocks beat Marquette, and looked good.   It was the first win since 1973, so I did not get too excited, but it was a start after 44 years.  So it was Duke versus South Carolina on Sunday night.  The Gamecocks looked great the first game, but Duke, well lets just say is Duke, one of the great programs in college basketball history.

I was hopeful Sunday night, but not confident about the Gamecock’s chances.  It has been a holiday weekend here, because today is a national holiday, and there were Mexican tourists here, and a bunch of young children running the halls.  They don’t bother me much, they are on vacation, and this a hotel near the beach, so it comes with the territory.

So I am watching the game, and the Gamecocks are playing great, I have my window open, game on, and I keep yelling, “Yes”, when the Gamecocks scored.  I also am constantly yelling at the screen during the game oblivious to what is going around me.  It was a great game I was into it.

At halftime, I realized I needed some ice, so I kind of burst out of my room with my cooler to get some ice from the freezer on the roof here.  As I did that I noticed 4 or 5 young Mexican boys sitting on a sofa in the lobby playing video games.  They are about 8 or 9 years old, and their eyes got real big when they saw me come out of my room after yelling the last hour or so.  They were looking at me like, “What is this crazy Gringo going to do now?”

I then stopped before I went up the stairs and told them in Spanish, “That I was watching my roosters play in a big basketball game in the United States, and that is why I was yelling and acting loco”.  They just kind of looked me up and down and nodded.  I got my ice, and went back to the game.  The Gamecocks won in one the best basketball games I have ever seen, and I got to watch it in my little hotel on the Mexican Caribbean, in a village named Mahahual.  One South Carolina Gamecock fan, in the middle of nowhere surrounded by Mayans and Mexicans watching his team finally make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Rakym Felder #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks

Thanks for reading, and Go Cocks,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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