Cervecería Cuauhtémoc, the first large brewery in Mexico, was founded in 1890 in Monterrey, Nuevo León by Don Isaac Garza and Don José Calderón. It produced its first barrel of beer in 1893 and won first prize in the Chicago and Paris World Fairs for Carta Blanca, the brewery’s original premium beer, which takes its name from the French “carte blanche”, given to people as a sign of respect. In 1985 the Cuauhtémoc and Moctezuma breweries merged, and the company’s name was changed to Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. The company currently operates breweries in Monterrey, Tecate, Navojoa, Guadalajara, Toluca, Orizaba and, since 2012, Chihuahua. Through its more than 120 years in the brewing business, the company has been known for producing the finest and most distinctive beers in Mexico.