Lo Que Pica el Gallo

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Pasame la Lata de IronBeer

Remember when Abuela would make you  “un pan con bistec, con papitas” that would tear your gums apart and give you that nice healthy chunky behind. She would prepare your food bring it to the mesa and open up a can of one of the greatest concoctions Papa Dios has ever made; un IronBeer. Taking a sip to wash down the loaf of bread and cup of grease in that very bite, nothing hits the spot like a nice can of IronBeer.

What’s funny is the pronunciation of this drink in English it’s the obvious Iron Beer as it is spelled, but add a heavy accent and any Cuban pronounces it like Ir-ong Bear. Every once in awhile, when I’m feeling the urge to express my Cuban side without the sass, I pass on the occasional batidos and pastelitos and head for the IronBeer. Ordered in my best attempt to show my Cuban accent (which fails thanks to speaking to Abuelo and Abuela in English) I take a swig of this and shake my hips as if it is my secret key to unlocking my Cuban moves.

This is the staple drink in La Carreta,Versailles, Sergio’s, and Casavana it too is considered the Cuban soda in my household ; funny how una lata de soda can bring me closer or at least make me feel closer to my culture.


About Lauren

I love Cultures, Cities, and Cuisine. My Abuela's flan is better than yours. I love Miami but my heart is New York.

9 comments on “Pasame la Lata de IronBeer

  1. Lyanis
    August 10, 2010

    Kudos Lauren.

    My favorite: “I take a swig of this and shake my hips as if it is my secret key to unlocking my Cuban moves.”

    If this is the secret to unlocking cuban moves, it probably goes hand in hand with a big behind. Except drinking ironbeer or consuming any other cuban staple hasn’t worked for me yet. I must be the exception to the Cuban ass rule.

    I want some ironbeer now.

    August 10, 2010

    Love it, except while you’re reaching for the Iron Beer, I’m reaching for the Jupina. In fact, when I was living in Chicago I found a Cuban cuisine restaurant near me and I spent the most I probably have ever spent on a pan con bistec, yuca frita, and a Jupina, but at the time it was worth it ($12 total).

  3. iliu
    August 10, 2010

    we call it “ironber” lmao and don’t forget the Materva too (even though it’s not Cuban) lmao

  4. lolalauren
    August 10, 2010

    They have diet IronBeer……. maybe I can preserve my cuban side and lose weight

  5. leoncito
    August 11, 2010

    anybody remember the old can with the 500lb dumbell in the flexed arm..?

  6. lolalauren
    August 12, 2010

    I did a little history check during break of course 🙂 and to disassociate with Cuba in 1990 they removed the dumbbell in the logo.

    Here’s the link with the info

  7. Melissa
    August 12, 2010

    I distinctly remember having an epiphany at a Publix (or Pooblix, as Cubanos would call it) when I was 12 or 13. I looked at the 2-liter bottle of soda on the shelf and, for the first time ever, read the name, I mean, really READ it. There it was staring me in the face. IronBeer! As in “iron” and “beer,” like, beer that makes you strong. Omigod!

    My whole life drinking this soda, and I’d never realized its name was actually in English. Suddenly the muscle man made sense. My parents had always told me drinking IronBeer would make me strong, so I still tend to think of it as the Cuban spinach, even though what it really does is make you fat.

    • Lyanis
      August 12, 2010

      I came across the same epiphany around the same age. I never knew it as IronBeer, just as ironber (ee-ron-ber.)

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