When you see of an image of a beer bottle with a wedge of lime or lemon stuck into its mouth, you automatically know what beer brand it is. Yes, it is Corona beer. Corona Extra and Corona Light are the beer maker’s best sellers, especially in the United States. It is currently one of the top-selling beers worldwide.
The origins of Corona Beer
If you’re curious where Corona Beer originated, this article hopes to give you more historical awareness about your favorite beverage.
Like many of the beer recipes that landed on the Americas, most particularly the United States, Corona’s own unique concoction is of German origin, as most of the brewers at that time were German immigrants. It first came in 1925 as a pilsner beer in Grupo Modelo (Cervecreria Modelo), which was and still is the largest brewery in Mexico.
The following year, Grupo Modelo considered storing the beer in dark-colored bottles in an bid to preserve and improve the beer’s flavor. However, they made the wise decision to put the beer in clear, transparent bottles. These bottles have a particular shape and have become an legendary symbol of the company, and are also the key additions to Corona’s success.
Corona Beer’s improvements and progress
Ten years after its launch, Corona Extra became one of Mexico’s best-selling beers, thanks to its unique, aggressive and innovative marketing strategies. In 1937 the company instigated efforts to market Corona Extra as a fine quality product to distinguish itself from its rival beverage in Mexico called pulque, a native, indigenous alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap (aguamiel) of the agave plant (also called maguey). The campaign proved to be successful but it also caused the steady fall of the pulque’s popularity.
Over the years Corona upped their processing and production of beer, which of course includes advanced pasteurization and refrigeration techniques and continuous improvement in its flavor. The company’s intensive marketing approach has made Corona the Mexican beer.
Soon the United States took notice of Corona, with the majority of American beer drinkers cheering its presence. In 1976, Grupo Modelo began exporting Corona to its neighboring country. Corona Extra quickly became so popular in the US that black markets (such as those in New York and in Denver, Colorado) for Corona Extra thrived.
In 1989 Corona crossed into the light beer territory by introducing Corona Light, which is now one of the brand’s the best sellers. By the mid-1990s, Corona emerged as the top-selling import beer in the United States, a position it still holds up to the present.
On to the more interesting part of Corona: drinking and enjoying Corona wouldn’t be complete and fun without a wedge of lime or lemon inserted into the bottle’s mouth, to add extra flavor and tartness. This wasn’t the case back then. Not many people know about the reason behind this practice. This was done first in Mexico where drinkers put a wedge of lime (or lemon) into the bottle’s mouth to keep the flies from getting into their beer.
Corona is sold in over 150 countries, with the US gaining the largest and most important share, aside from Mexico, of course.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about your favorite beer, you may use it as a good way to impress your friends while you’re all savoring a few good bottles of Corona at a party. ¡Salud!