Mexico’s First Malting Company Supplying Craft Brewers

Altiplano is Mexico’s new malting plant.

First, I would like to offer some basics in beer making:  The three must have ingredients are water, yeast and malted barley. Others added to change flavors and characteristics are strictly a personal preference. Yeast and water, being very important to the flavors and profiles, barley is where all the finesse comes in.

Barley is malted by soaking it in water to encourage sprouting and then heated and dried at specific temperatures to create desired flavors. Roasting is then done to produce even more  flavors and colors in the resulting beers.

Now on to the story…

On May 18th, the Maltería Central Antiplano opened its doors in Puebla, where 60 tons of malted barley will be produced initially with an investment of 30 million pesos (pesos), to supply 10 Mexican craft breweries.

However, this project, which will work with around 20 barley producers and generate 15 direct jobs, will have the capacity to produce to 1,000 tons per year by the end of 2018, which would supply 30% of the volume of 700 craft brewers in Mexico.

“This project not only seeks to satisfy the demand for malt, but also to encourage other entrepreneurs. Mostly, the malts come from the United States, Canada and Europe (especially Germany and Belgium), “explained Carlos Bencomo, general director of Maltería Central Altiplano, in an interview.

Small breweries import about 90% of the barley for the production of their beers.

There are more than 700 craft breweries in the country, which produce around 104,000 hectoliters per year. (I would like to know why we don’t have any here in Jaltemba Bay.)

The project will involve around 20 barley producers, generate 15 direct jobs and have the capacity to grow to 1,000 tons per year by the end of 2018.


Casquito de Vallarta, Newly Discovered Species of Turtle

JALISCO .- “Casquito de Vallarta” is very vulnerable to disappear due to the urban growth of Puerto Vallarta, since its distribution is reduced.

The body, which barely goes beyond the palm of a hand, abandons its inert state. It recognizes its habitat in a stream in Puerto Vallarta, where it begins to walk among the leaf litter, the shade of the trees and the intense sunlight of May.

It is a Quelonian male whose proposed common name is “casquito de Vallarta”. In the company of a female, their steps, faster in comparison with those of other turtles, try to escape or hide under the dry land. That is why it is known as “mud turtle”. Its habitat is streams and ephemeral puddles.

“Casquito de Vallarta” is part of a micro-endemic species, unique in the world and one of the most threatened by urban growth in this tourist destination.

Researchers and students from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT), the UNAM, the University of Guanajuato and the Higher Technological Institute of Zongolica, in Veracruz, discovered this species of turtle of the genus Kinosternon, from There are 12 species and only two inhabit the lowlands of the Central Pacific region of Mexico.

This number of species had been described by foreigners, while this is the first one whose description was in charge of Mexicans, who integrate different educational institutions, this means that the research work in this field is at the height of what has been done world level.

For 21 years there was not a discovery for the Jalisco Coast. On May 18, the information was published in the scientific journal Chelonian conservation and biology.

However, the outlook is not flattering for “casquito de Vallarta”, since the researchers of the University Center of the Coast (CUCosta) of UdeG, in more than 25 years of work in the region, have only seen 20 copies, and urban growth is predicted to be deteriorating its habitat.

The academician of the campus and one of the discoverers, Dr. Fabio Germán Cupul Magaña, explains that they have found the turtle in modified environments, which together with the low number of species since of the nine specimens collected, only two are females, it is at risk of extinction.

As it is in such a small space, the urban and periurban area of ​​Puerto Vallarta, that makes it a species with a high vulnerability of disappearance, he warns.

The inhabitant of Vallarta, Ignacio Chávez, has had to see the port grow “with its good and bad habits”. He likes camping, fishing, hunting, and knows several types of turtles, although he does not remember having seen the species just described. Consider that it may have been affected by the city’s growth and pollution.

A few years ago “everything was very clean: the sea, the rivers and everything was fun for us”, but after the growth of Vallarta was detonated, rivers and ponds have been contaminated, says Chávez.

Against this background, the UdeG researcher suggests that a program of conservation of the species is urgently needed, explorations in the area to find more populations and a reproduction work, which will begin in the UJAT, and is expected to be carried out in the CUC. .

The above is vital given that the impact that would cause its extinction is unknown. “That is still more risky; we do not know what other species are related to them, they can disappear or be harmed, “he emphasizes, adding that the species can be an icon of conservation in this area of ​​Jalisco.

The discovery was triggered by the restlessness of residents, who informed UdeG researchers that there was a different turtle. This was 25 years ago, when the university students carried out biological inventories in the area and it was not until a few years ago that they set out to evaluate and validate that it was a new species.

The newly discovered turtle was named scientifically as Kinosternon Vogti, in honor of the American herpetologist Richard Vogt, who for more than 40 years has worked with turtles from the United States, Mexico and Central America.

The identification work was headed by the researcher of the UJAT, Dr. Marco Antonio López Luna, together with Cupul Magaña and others.

What distinguishes “casquito de Vallarta” from other turtles, according to Cupul Magaña, is that “the largest specimens that we have found in the area do not exceed 10 centimeters, while the other species that are here double that size. In addition, the carapace is much wider than high, “he said.

This article presented by POSTA, in its entirety, can be viewed here in Spanish.

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Fiesta de La Peñita – 2018

This years Fiesta de la Peñita, features parades and celebrations from all 9 Colonias. One by one for 9 days, the parades and celebrations continue.

By police escort, the parades start in the colonias and finish at the plaza and church in La Peñita. They are timed to arrive in time for a church service, during which everyone is welcome and most people pack themselves inside, musical instruments and all.

After the service ends, the crowd spills out into the plaza for fireworks, kiddie rides, usually a concert featuring local talent, games of chance and miscellaneous food vendors.

This goes on for 9 nights and will finish on the 20th of May.


Fireworks are setup and fired from in front of the church, including this gigantic thing that spins and showers all kinds of sparks and noises, right next to the church!