Corona – Beer Through the Ages (2023)

Introduction

The Mexican lager known as “Corona”, is a variation of beer that is brewed all across Mexico by its largest brewer Grupo Modelo, owned by Belgian company Anheuser-Busch InBev, and is exported to over 150 countries worldwide. (Wikipedia 2008) Corona is known for usually being served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the bottle for extra flavor, as well as its distinctive glass bottle with its iconic crowned logo. Corona got its name and brand logo from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the city of Puerto Vallarta, inspired by the “Corona” (crown) that she wore (Craft Beer & Brewing 2022). Corona has been the No. 1 best-selling Mexican and imported beer in the U.S.A. since 1988. Corona was crowned the “world’s most valuable beer brand”, and has achieved so by using a classic recipe of the “finest water, malted barley, hops, corn, and yeast, and is especially known for its pils malt, and maize, which yields the smoothest beer within the industry (BakersPlus 2022). Corona has created its identity by associating itself with a calm, tropical, white powder beach through its advertisements, allowing you to really feel like you’re able to sit back and relax with an ice-cold Corona.

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Origin

Corona was first established in 1925, just 7 years after the end of The Great War, at the “Cervecería Modelo” (Grupo Modelo) company in Mexico City, Mexico, to celebrate their 10th anniversary (Craft Beer & Brewing 2022). Corona’s first original brew is of German origin, as German immigrants made up the majority of brewers at the time. The year after the establishment of Corona, Grupo Modelo was debating on how to store Corna, in which they considered using “dark-coloured bottles to preserve and improve the beer’s flavor”. In the end, Grupo Modelo ended up using clear, transparent bottles, in which the unique shape of the bottle has become an ever-growing legendary symbol for the brand. One decade after the original brew, a variant of Corona named, “Corona Extra” earned itself the name of one of Mexico’s best-selling beers, mostly due to the marketing strategy of combining the beer and a tropical beach. In 1937, Grupo Modelo began pouring more resources into the marketing of the beer, naming Corona Extra a fine quality brew to gain advantage and stand out from its rival beer in Mexico named, “Pulque”, which was a Mexican-indigenous beverage. In the end, Grupo Modelo’s aggressive advertising caused the decline of Pulque’s success, and an everlasting increase in Corona’s, resulting in the population declaring Corona as the Mexican beer. (The History of Beer 2022). Later on, in 1976, Grupo Modelo took advantage of an opportunity their northern brother, the U.S. gave them and began exporting north. Because of this, the Corona brand exploded in popularity, and black markets mainly in New York, Colorado, and Denver were drowning in success. 33 years later, Corona began offering their lager in cans as well as bottles, a massive expansion for the company. In 1989 Corona created a soon-to-be best-seller, Corona Light. Soon later in the mid-1990s, the United States top-selling imported brew was none other than Corona, a position that still holds up to this day (MentalItch 2022).

The following video provides an inside look at one of Modelo’s breweries

Key Milestones

  • The year 1925 is regarded as the beginning of Grupo Modelo’s brewing activity, the first beer of which was Corona.
  • In 1935 Corona became one of Mexico’s best-selling beers.
  • In 1976 the United States allowed Grupo Modelo to begin exporting into the country.
  • In June 2013 Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo merged, with the transfer of all United States rights to Constellation Brands (Wikipedia 2018).
  • In 1988, Corona became the United States best-selling imported beer.
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Brewing Science and Industrialization

Industrial production in Mexico began to take more shape during the Porfirian period, made feasible by the expansion of railroads, which enabled further integration of brewing businesses that had been founded.Brewing plants were built, such as the “Cuauhtémoc breweries in Monterrey, Moctezuma, Veracruz and the Compañía Cervecera de Toluca y México.” (Mexicanist 2022)

Mexico had roughly 36 beer makers at the turn of the twentieth century. Prohibition in the United States in the 1920s aided the opening of new breweries on the border of Mexico and the U.S.. Already established breweries moved closer to the border for the same reason, becoming tourist spots where Americans went to drink beer. (Mexicanist 2022)

As a result of the already established and growing industrialization, Corona had a head-start over previous brews, as it could make use of railroad expansion for the exportation and transportation of the brew and its ingredients to allow mass production and shipping. Another head-start Corona had was the already established and improving lagering process, to allow for a clearer path to success for creating a fine brew such as Corona. (Mexicanist 2022)

(Video) Corona Beer -- The History of the Biggest Mexican Beer -- Part 1

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Beer Style

Corona is a Pale Lager beer, which is pale to golden in color, has a strong flavor of hops, and is well attenuated. Gabriel Sedlmayr, who owned the Spaten Brewery in Germany, employed pale ale brewing procedures to then-current lagering brewing methods in the mid-1800s, creating this beer. In addition to Josef Groll, the company produced Pilsner Urquell with the same approach. The following pale-colored beers were extremely popular around the globe and became the most sold type of beer today. (Fandom 2022)

The lagering procedure used by Sedlmayr and Groll is still used today, and depends on a “slow-acting yeast that ferments at a low temperature while being preserved”. Initially introduced to the market as ‘Lagerbier’ in AusFirstGermany, the phrase has become very rare to hear in German-speaking regions of the world. Lager has now become a general term for all beers made by the lagering method in English.(Fandom 2022)

By law, the Bavarian brewers could only brew beer between November and March in the sixteenth century. Beer was often stored beneath blocks of ice in caves and stone cellars in the summer months, so it would be available during the hot months.(Fandom 2022)

The young brewer Gabriel Sedlmayr II went around Europe during the 1820-1830 era to improve his brewing skills, while his family owned the Spaten Brewery in Bavaria. As soon as he returned, he used the brewer edge he had gained to get a more consistent and stable beer. This beer still had some differences from lager today because the use of dark malts caused it to be dark, more like what is known now as Dunkel beer or bock beer.(Fandom 2022)

The enhanced lager beer’s new formula rapidly diffused throughout Europe. Sedlmayr’s acquaintance Anton Dreher, employed the revolutionary lagering method known to enhance Viennese Bock 1840–1841, culminating in the creation of Vienna lager. New kilning procedures involving the use of lighter malts gave the lager an amber-red rich color. (Fandom 2022)

The following video provides an in-detail history of lager-type beer

The WWI and WWII Era

During World War II, a multitude of Mexican breweries took advantage of the U.S.A. to sell more beer to the American peoples, whereas Grupo Modelo focused on raising sales where Corona and the breweries other brews had originated, Mexico. Grupo Modelo succeeded massively in increasing their brews popularity in Mexico while other breweries were distracted trying to move beer into other countries, the main country being the U.S.A.. Grupo Modelo has only seen total rise in their brews popularity, especially in Mexico, and Modelos strategy has only paid off, considering their brews are now a staple of Mexico and beer itself. (For Beer Lovers 2022)

Consolidation

(Video) Corona Beer The Match of Ages

In an effort to continue consolidating the industry, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV acquired Grupo Modelo, the last major independent Mexican beer producer. Grupo Modelo, the company behind Corona, the world’s best-selling imported beer, would be seamlessly integrated into AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company, as part of the $20.1 billion deal. As a consequence, only a few craft breweries in Mexico remain independent of the global beer giants (Forbes 2012)

On June 7th, 2013, Constellation Brands Inc. announced that its U.S. beer brewery investment from Anheuser-Busch InBev was acquired for approximately $4.75 billion to satisfy U.S. antitrust demands. As part of the deal, Constellation Brands acquired the full ownership of Crown Imports LLC, which gave Constellation Brands complete control of all aspects of its U.S. commercial operations, an exclusive brand license to import, market, and sell Corona and Modelo in the U.S., and freedom to develop new brand extensions and innovations. (Constellation Brands 2013)

Marketing and Branding

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Corona’s branding is based on linking the beer with a way of life in which we take a break from the world, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Ranging from things like a walk in the woods, a brief getaway, or a few hours with some old friends, there’s something for everyone. Corona promotes itself in a straightforward manner and is remarkably consistent in its advertising strategy implementation. Corona has been especially successful in communicating its advertising message in the United States, where Corona is the most popular import beer. Corona’s marketing approach is based on the concept of “the beach state of mind.” Modelo has succeeded to instill in the minds of customers associations with summer, magnificent sunsets, and tropical beaches throughout the years. No beer brand better embodies the concept of unwinding in a place of relaxation and the attitude of letting all your worries go and relaxing than Corona. (Social Samosa 2020, Brand Struck 2020)

A Quick Advertisement Showcasing the “Beach State of Mind.”

Modern Era

Many people felt the beer brand would suffer as a result of its incorrect identification with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, early on in the epidemic. Disinformation was spread like wildfire linking Corona to the coronavirus back in January of 2020. No sensible link between the two exists. Constellation chose not to respond to the false information. This looked to be the best decision that Constellation could have made. Corona’s sales were marginally hampered after Mexico was forced to halt the production in their breweries during the pandemic, not because of the so-called “link” between Corona and the virus. In October of 2020, the business announced that increased sales of Corona beer and Modelo’s other branded items in alcoholic stores had completely covered, and then some, a 50 percent reduction in restaurant sales. Constellation’s stock had risen 14% to $216 a share.

Anheuser-Busch InBev saw a 20% drop in sales outside of the U.S. in the first half of the year; Although Anheuser-Busch has its own eponymous beer, which means Corona accounts for a significantly smaller percentage of overall sales than Constellation. According to Constellation CEO William Newlands, demand for Corona is at an all-time high. “Consumer demand and takeaway for our brands remains extremely strong.” (CBS News 2020)

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FAQs

Will 2 coronas get me drunk? ›

The typical alcohol content of Corona is between 4 and 6%. So it only takes roughly 3 Corona for someone to be legally drunk according to the American legal system.

Does Corona beer expire? ›

What is the shelf life for Corona? While there are many factors that contribute to beer shelf life, we have found that in order to enjoy the consistently fresh taste of Corona, it is best to drink within the timeframe of the code date printed on the product packaging.

How old is Corona beer? ›

The year 1925 is regarded as the beginning of Grupo Modelo's brewing activity, the first beer of which was Corona. In 1935 Corona became one of Mexico's best-selling beers. In 1976 the United States allowed Grupo Modelo to begin exporting into the country.

What is the oldest beer in the world? ›

Since 1040 beer has been brewed on the Weihenstephan Hill in Freising.

Why is Corona beer so good? ›

Corona is a light and crisp pale Mexican lager that's wildly popular in the U.S. Its flavor profile is not overly complex, with sweet notes and a bit of hoppy skunkiness on the palate that places it squarely between mass-produced light American lagers and heavier, more complex beer from Europe.

Is Corona a strong beer? ›

Keeping in line with industry standards, a Corona beer has 4.5 per cent of alcohol content in it.

Can you drink 3 year old beer? ›

Short answer, no. Beer isn't like milk. With age, it doesn't actually expire or become unsafe to drink. Old beer's taste, however, will absolutely change.

Can you drink old Corona? ›

Yes—but its flavor will degrade over time. Beer is a perishable product that stales when it's exposed to light, oxygen, and heat, which degrade the organic compounds that make beer smell and taste great. But even when its flavor is declining, it can be perfectly safe to drink.

Can beer last 2 years? ›

The Average Shelf Life of Beer

Most beers last beyond the printed expiration date on the package. When stored at room temperature, you can expect beer to last for six to nine months beyond the use-by date. Refrigeration increases this time period to up to two years.

Do Mexicans drink Corona? ›

Mexicans enjoyed the beer long before Americans ever tasted it. Grupo Modelo, Corona's parent company, first brewed the beer as a pilsner in 1925. A couple decades later, Corona was the Mexican beer, and Americans took notice.

What was Corona beer originally called? ›

3/ Corona means 'crown'

Corona means 'crown' in Spanish, but in Spain it's known as Coronita or 'little crown' as there's been a brand called Coronas in the country since 1907.

What is America's oldest beer? ›

These Are the 15 Oldest American Beers
  • #5 – Old Milwaukee, Pabst Brewing Company, 1849.
  • #4 – Blatz Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1846.
  • #3 – Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1844.
  • #2 – Schaefer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1842.
  • # 1 – Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale & Porter, Yuengling Brewing, 1829.
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What was beer called before beer? ›

The Sumerians

They called it “the divine drink” because of its intoxicating effect. The first solid proof of beer production comes from the period of the Sumerians around 4,000 BCE.

What is America's oldest beer brand? ›

Yuengling and Son was place on the national and state registers as America's Oldest Brewery. This is a title that we are proud of and can be seen on every bottle of Yuengling beer.

Why do you add lemon to Corona? ›

Brown glass provides 98%, green provides 20% and white glass zero protection against light, and Humans are remarkably good at detecting 3-MBT just four parts-per-trillion of the compound can be noticeable, making it one of the most powerful flavours in beer which is why Corona advertisers cleverly suggest you drink ...

Which beer is the healthiest? ›

The healthiest are stouts and porters, and higher hoppy beers, such as DIPAs and Imperial IPAs, Trappist beers, and spontaneous fermented beers, such as Lambics and Gose. Trappist-style beer is probably the most famous of the Belgian beers.

Why do people put salt in Corona beer? ›

It is a preservative, and it is a flavor enhancer.

Is Modelo better than Corona? ›

In the light beer division, the Corona Light is the stronger beer. Its alcohol content is 4.1% ABV while Modelo Oro comes at a distant second with 4.0% ABV. In the middle division, Corona Extra is the stronger beer. With an alcohol content of 4.5% ABV, it narrowly beats Modelo Especial, that's only 4.4% ABV strong.

What beer is comparable to Corona? ›

5 Beers You Should Drink Instead of Corona
  • Pacifico. Courtesy of Pacifico. ...
  • Presidente. This crisp American-style lager is brewed in the Dominican Republic, bottled in green glass, and served with a napkin wrapped around the base. ...
  • Toña. Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo. ...
  • Modelo. Courtesy of Crown Imports. ...
  • Victoria. ...
  • Bud Light Lime.
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Does beer get stronger with age? ›

No. It does not. The only thing that will really increase ABV in your beer is an increase in sugar. But that does not mean you should not age your beer.

What beers are best to age? ›

Ideal Styles that can be cellared: Barleywines, Imperial Stouts, Belgian style Quads, and other high-abv beers with dark malts. Barrel-aged sours and rauchbiers are lower ABV but can age beautifully. Beers that shouldn't be cellared: Any beers with hop-forward characteristics, such as IPAs and Pale Ales.

Is expired beer stronger? ›

In a word, no. The alcohol content of beer (and wine, for that matter) is determined during the fermentation process and will not change over time.

How long does unopened Corona last? ›

The shelf life of bottled Corona, as with most beers, is relatively short. The official expiration date for Corona bottles is approximately 120 days from the date of production. However, with proper storage, the beer may retain its original quality for up to 6 months after the printed expiration date.

How long does beer last unopened? ›

Leaving unopened beer at room temperature will ensure it's at its best for four to six months on average. After that, the quality will begin to degrade. For refrigerated beers, stored unopened, you have six to eight months of peak taste to take advantage of before the quality begins to slowly decrease.

How long will bottled beer last? ›

Kept in a dark and cold area, like a fridge, bottled beer will last up to 6 months. Stored warm, bottled beer can spoil in as quickly as 3 months. Keeping beer bottles away from light prevents the development of skunky off-flavors. Beer is extremely sensitive to light.

Can I drink beer 5 years out of date? ›

A typical lager will be drinkable 6 – 24 months after its best before date, if it's been kept in the fridge. That timeframe tops out at 9 months if it hasn't been refrigerated, though.

Does beer last longer in bottles or cans? ›

Cans Keep Beer Fresher

Because beer cans limit exposure to both light and oxygen, they keep the beer inside fresh and flavorful for longer. When beer is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light for extended periods, it leads to oxidization and an unpleasant “skunky” flavor in the beer.

Can a beer freeze? ›

Water freezes twice faster as alcohol if the temperature ranges from 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. So to answer your question, “Does beer freeze?” the answer is yes! Beer freezes because of the components inside the beverage itself.

What is the #1 beer in Mexico? ›

Corona is the best-selling beer produced by Mexico, and the best-selling non-domestic beer in both the U.S., U.K and Australia. It is one of the five most-consumed beers in the world, available in more than 150 countries. It is a lager, and was created in 1925 to celebrate Cervecería Modelo's tenth anniversary.

Why do Mexicans put lemon in Corona? ›

Lime improves taste

Corona in clear bottles tends to have a different taste from that of colored bottles. The scientific explanation behind the fact is that beer is extremely sensitive to light. Among the ingredients that go into making beer are hops which are responsible for imparting flavor and preserving beer.

What beer do Mexicans prefer? ›

The most popular beers in Mexico are the ones that are also popular worldwide, including Corona (the country's most famous beer), Tecate, Negra Modelo, XX Dos Equis and Sol.

Is Modelo and Corona the same beer? ›

Grupo Modelo is a large brewery in Mexico that exports beer to most countries of the world. Its export brands include Corona, Modelo, and Pacífico.

What animal is on Corona bottle? ›

The two griffins on the label are the guardians of Corona. They're "the sacred creatures of the sun," according to Corona's Spanish website. In 1940, Corona was the first beer to feature a label directly printed on the glass bottle.

Is there two types of Corona beer? ›

The brand's most popular variation is Corona Extra, a pale lager. It is one of the top-selling beers worldwide, and Corona Extra has been the top-selling imported drink in the U.S. since 1998. Other variants of the Corona beer brand include Corona Light, Corona Premier, and Corona Familiar.

What is the most famous beer in USA? ›

The top selling beer of 2020 is Bud Light:

Bud Light from the Anheuser-Busch InBev Brewery is america's best selling beer brand with it's natural light flavour by restaurants in 2020. Bud Light accounted for 17.8% of the total unit sales, but only 9.4% of the volume sales.

What is the number 1 selling beer in America? ›

Bud Light from the Anheuser-Busch InBev Brewery is america's best selling beer brand with it's natural light flavour by restaurants in 2020.

What is the most drunk beer in the world? ›

Budweiser

Budweiser, sometimes known as “the king of beers,” has been the number one beer in the world for a long while. It now shares its royal title with Bud Light, even though they're made by the same company.

Is Schlitz beer still sold? ›

Pabst Brewing Company, now headquartered in Los Angeles, continues to produce Schlitz beer, Old Milwaukee, and four Schlitz malt liquors—Schlitz Red Bull, Schlitz Bull Ice, Schlitz High Gravity, and Schlitz Malt Liquor.

Why is Yuengling illegal in Michigan? ›

Because Yuengling is a regional brand and is not distributed anywhere West of the Mississippi except Louisiana and Arkansas. It is not illegal in Michigan. It is simply not sold here, big difference.

What is beer and whiskey called? ›

What is a Boilermaker? The Boilermaker drink is the classic combo of beer and whiskey.

Which came first bread or beer? ›

For decades, beer partisans have argued that fermented rather than baked grain led humans to begin sowing the fields, settling down, and abandoning their hunter-gatherer ways.

Who brought beer to America? ›

Beginnings. The earliest record of brewing dates from 1587, and the first commercial brewery in the United States was built by the Dutch West India Company in 1632 in Lower Manhattan on Brewers (later Stone) Street.

Can you get drunk with 2 beers? ›

Will 2 beers get you drunk? Yes, two beers can get you drunk, but it depends on your weight, how fast you drink them and oher factors. For a 150-pound man, drinking two beers in an hour could put him over the legal limit for driving. For a 120-pound woman, drinking one beer in an hour could put her over the limit.

Is it normal to be drunk after 2 beers? ›

Usually a man will start to feel tipsy after consuming 2 to 3 alcoholic drinks in an hour. A woman will feel tipsy after consuming 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks in an hour. This tipsiness begins when alcohol enters the body's bloodstream and starts to affect the functions of the brain and body.

Is 2 beers enough to get drunk? ›

Final Thoughts. Generally, an average-sized man will need four to five beers to get drunk, while an average-sized woman will need two to four beers. The alcohol absorption and body reaction to alcohol vary depending on the weight and height of a person.

Will 2 beers hurt you? ›

Drinking one or two standard beers per day may have positive effects, such as benefits to your heart, better blood sugar control, stronger bones, and reduced dementia risk.

What is it called when you get drunk easily? ›

Alcohol intolerance is a problem with the specific enzyme that helps your body metabolize alcohol.

What alcohol gets you drunk the fastest? ›

Whiskey and tequila, in particular, are the quickest to get drunk. You can get drunk quickly with three or more shots of alcohol, but your tolerance to alcohol varies depending on your level of intoxication. The best alcoholic drinks are those that do not taste like alcohol, such as the spritzer.

How many beers is too much to drive? ›

A 180-lb man may be able to drink 3.5 regular 12-ounce beers in one hour and keep his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) under the legal limit of . 08%. Similarly, a 140-lb woman may be able to consume 2.5 regular beers in an hour and maintain a BAC of less than . 08%.

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