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Facts About Corona

12 Things to Know About Everyone's Favorite Beer: Corona

Chances are every party you attend has a few bottles of icy and refreshing Corona ready for guests to take a sip. After all, Coronas just transport everyone to a lazy Summer of relaxation by the beach, right? Right! That's actually a fact, approved by the brand itself, whose label depicts a sunset by the ocean. Is your mind blown? Then you're probably wondering what else you don't know about your favorite beer. Read straight ahead for 12 interesting nuggets about the Mexican brew. When you're done, discover more about Cholula and Goya.

  1. Corona Extra — yes, that's its official name — has been brewed in Mexico since 1925 but only made its debut in the US in 1979, where it quickly became the bestselling imported brew.
  2. Corona is owned by Grupo Modelo, which also makes Modelo, Pacífico, Estrella, Victoria, and León.
  3. Corona is an American pilsner, while Corona Light is an American light.
  4. Corona Light was made for the first time in 2007 and has around 30 percent fewer calories than Corona Extra.
  5. Corona Extra is sold in 180 countries around the world.
  6. The beer is made with a mix of filtered water, malted barley, hops, corn, and yeast.
  7. The yellow in the label represents the sun, while the blue imitates the ocean. The circle in the middle that reads "La Cerveza Mas Fina" is meant to be the sun setting on the horizon to represent the best time to enjoy the beer.
  8. 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.
  9. In 1940, Corona was the first beer to feature a label directly printed on the glass bottle.
  10. In 1955, Corona started its first soccer partnership by building a stadium for the Diablos Rojos from Toluca, Mexico.
  11. It's not clear why Corona is served with lime wedges. Some theories say a bartender simply tried to see how fast a trend could spread, while some others believed it all started to mask the bad taste of a bottle gone awry. The New York Times also says that it could have been to disinfect the top of the bottle.
  12. In Spain, Corona is known as Coronita due to a trademark issue. There are several theories about the owner of the name Corona there, from a wine company to the royal family.
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