Corona Extra was first brewed in 1925 at the Cervecería Modelo in Mexico City, Mexico. Ten years after its launch, Corona became the best- selling beer in Mexico and today continues to stand for Mexican pride around the world. (per 12 fl.
- 1 What is the original Corona drink?
- 2 Who drank the first beer?
- 3 What is the oldest alcohol?
- 4 Can you still buy Corona?
When did Corona beer start in the US?
A Taste of the Sun – In 1979, Corona Extra was introduced in the U.S. and quickly became synonymous with the American beach and barbecue lifestyle. In the late ‘80s, people started asking for a more calorie-conscious beer that didn’t skimp on taste — and we listened. Corona Light was introduced to U.S. customers in 1989, and you probably know the rest.
When was beer invented?
History – Egyptian wooden model of beer making in ancient Egypt, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, California Ancient Egyptian painting, 18th dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, c. 1300 BC, showing Syrian mercenary drinking beer through a straw, Egyptian Museum of Berlin Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared alcoholic drinks. The earliest archaeological evidence of fermentation consists of 13,000-year-old residues of a beer with the consistency of gruel, used by the semi-nomadic Natufians for ritual feasting, at the Raqefet Cave in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa in Israel,
- There is evidence that beer was produced at Göbekli Tepe during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (around 8500 BC to 5500 BC).
- The earliest clear chemical evidence of beer produced from barley dates to about 3500–3100 BC, from the site of Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran,
- It is possible, but not proven, that it dates back even further—to about 10,000 BC, when cereal was first farmed,
Beer is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt, and archaeologists speculate that beer was instrumental in the formation of civilizations. Approximately 5000 years ago, workers in the city of Uruk (modern day Iraq) were paid by their employers with volumes of beer.
- During the building of the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt, each worker got a daily ration of four to five litres of beer, which served as both nutrition and refreshment and was crucial to the pyramids’ construction.
- Some of the earliest Sumerian writings contain references to beer; examples include a prayer to the goddess Ninkasi, known as “The Hymn to Ninkasi”, which served as both a prayer and a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people, and the ancient advice (“Fill your belly.
Day and night make merry”) to Gilgamesh, recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh by the alewife Siduri, may, at least in part, have referred to the consumption of beer. The Ebla tablets, discovered in 1974 in Ebla, Syria, show that beer was produced in the city in 2500 BC.
A fermented drink using rice and fruit was made in China around 7000 BC. Unlike sake, mould was not used to saccharify the rice (amylolytic fermentation); the rice was probably prepared for fermentation by chewing or malting, During the Vedic period in Ancient India, there are records of the consumption of the beer-like sura,
Xenophon noted that during his travels, beer was being produced in Armenia, Almost any substance containing sugar can naturally undergo alcoholic fermentation and thus be utilised in the brewing of beer. It is likely that many cultures, on observing that a sweet liquid could be obtained from a source of starch, independently invented beer. François Jaques: Peasants Enjoying Beer at Pub in Fribourg (Switzerland, 1923) Beer was spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes as far back as 3000 BC, and it was mainly brewed on a domestic scale. The product that the early Europeans drank might not be recognised as beer by most people today.
- Alongside the basic starch source, the early European beers may have contained fruits, honey, numerous types of plants, spices, and other substances such as narcotic herbs.
- What they did not contain was hops, as that was a later addition, first mentioned in Europe around 822 by a Carolingian Abbot and again in 1067 by abbess Hildegard of Bingen,
In 1516, William IV, Duke of Bavaria, adopted the Reinheitsgebot (purity law), perhaps the oldest food-quality regulation still in use in the 21st century, according to which the only allowed ingredients of beer are water, hops, and barley- malt, Beer produced before the Industrial Revolution continued to be made and sold on a domestic scale, although by the 7th century AD, beer was also being produced and sold by European monasteries,
During the Industrial Revolution, the production of beer moved from artisanal manufacture to industrial manufacture, and domestic manufacture ceased to be significant by the end of the 19th century. The development of hydrometers and thermometers changed brewing by allowing the brewer more control of the process and greater knowledge of the results.
In 1912, brown bottles began to be used by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States. This innovation has since been accepted worldwide and prevents harmful rays from destroying the quality and stability of beer.
- The brewing industry is now a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers, ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries,
- As of 2006, more than 133 billion litres (35 billion US gallons), the equivalent of a cube 510 metres on a side, of beer are sold per year, producing total global revenues of US$294.5 billion.
In 2010, China’s beer consumption hit 450 million hectolitres (45 billion litres), or nearly twice that of the United States, but only 5 percent sold were premium draught beers, compared with 50 percent in France and Germany. A widely publicised study in 2018 suggested that sudden decreases in barley production due to extreme drought and heat could in the future cause substantial volatility in the availability and price of beer.
What is the original Corona drink?
16 Corona 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. https://www.lcbo.com/content/dam/lcbo/products/550764.jpg/jcr:content/renditions/cq5dam.web.1280.1280.jpeg Corona extra, LCBO. (n.d.). Retrieved February 3, 2022, from https://www.lcbo.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10051&categoryId=3074457345616679452&productId=63816&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=%5BLjava.lang.String%3B%40a195da9e&storeId=10203 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.
- 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.
Corona Advertising: Corona Beer, Corona, Beach. Pinterest. (n.d.). Retrieved February 3, 2022, from https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/398850110727185572/ 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) 2A – International Pale Lager / BJCP 2015 styles. Beer Recipes for Home Brewers. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2022, from https://beerrecipes.org/BJCP-2015-Style/5/2a-international-pale-lager.html 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.
- 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 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 Http://www.socialsamosa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/fancy-logo.bmp: Fancy, fancy logo, Social Butterfly. Pinterest. (2013, March 15). Retrieved April 8, 2022, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/100557004152227794/ 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.
- 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.
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Who drank the first beer?
The Sumerians – There are some theories that beer brewing happened at Godin Tepe settlement (now in modern-day Iran) as early as 10,000 BCE when agriculture first developed in the region. The people who lived in the land between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers considered beer a very important part of their diet. They called it ” the divine drink ” because of its intoxicating effect. Alulu beer receipt – This records a purchase of “best” beer from a brewer, c.2050 BC from the Sumerian city of Umma in ancient Iraq The first solid proof of beer production comes from the period of the Sumerians around 4,000 BCE. During an archeological excavation in Mesopotamia, a tablet was discovered that showed villagers drinking a beverage from a bowl with straws.
Why do Corona bottles have a dent?
Many have a small notch in the bottom outside of the glass. This notch is used in manufacturing (labeling, filling, and capping) the bottle. Depending on the bottle’s label, it also assists on that, too. The bottle is formed and that little dent in the bottom outer edge is created.
What is the oldest alcohol?
The Earliest Alcoholic Beverage in the World Chemical analyses recently confirmed that the earliest alcoholic beverage in the world was a mixed fermented drink of rice, honey, and hawthorn fruit and/or grape. The residues of the beverage, dated ca.7000–6600 BCE, were recovered from early pottery from Jiahu, a Neolithic village in the Yellow River Valley.
This beverage currently predates the earliest evidence of grape wine from the Middle East by more than 500 years. Chemical analyses of ancient organics absorbed, and preserved, in pottery jars from the Neolithic village of Jiahu, in Henan province, Northern China, have revealed that a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey, and fruit was being produced as early as 9,000 years ago, approximately the same time that barley beer and grape wine were beginning to be made in the Middle East.
In addition, liquids more than 3,000 years old, remarkably preserved inside tightly lidded bronze vessels, were chemically analyzed. These vessels from the capital city of Anyang and an elite burial in the Yellow River Basin, dating to the Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties (ca.1250-1000 BCE), contained specialized rice and millet “wines.” The beverages had been flavored with herbs, flowers, and/or tree resins, and are similar to herbal wines described in the Shang dynasty oracle inscriptions.
- The new discoveries, made by an international, multi-disciplinary team of researchers including the Penn Museum’s archaeochemist Dr.
- Patrick McGovern, provide the first direct chemical evidence for early fermented beverages in ancient Chinese culture, thus broadening our understanding of the key technological and cultural roles that fermented beverages played in China.
The discoveries and their implications for understanding ancient Chinese culture are published in the PNAS Early Edition (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences): by Patrick E. McGovern, Juzhong Zhang, Jigen Tang, Zhiquing Zhang, Gretchen R. Hall, Robert A.
- Moreau, Alberto Nuñez, Eric D.
- Butrym, Michael P.
- Richards, Chen-shan Wang, Guangsheng Cheng, Zhijun Zhao, and Changsui Wang. Dr.
- McGovern worked with this team of researchers, associated with the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, the Institute of Archaeology in Beijing, the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Henan Province, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, the Firmenich Corporation, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany), and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. McGovern first met with archaeologists and scientists, including his co-authors on the paper, in China in 2000, returning there in 2001 and 2002.
Because of the great interest in using modern scientific techniques to investigate a crucial aspect of ancient Chinese culture, collaboration was initiated and samples carried back to the U.S. for analysis. Chemical tests of the pottery from the Neolithic village of Jiahu was of special interest, because it is some of the earliest known pottery from China.
This site was already famous for yielding some of the earliest musical instruments and domesticated rice, as well as possibly the earliest Chinese pictographic writing. Through a variety of chemical methods including gas and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, infrared spectrometry, and stable isotope analysis, finger-print compounds were identified, including those for hawthorn fruit and/or wild grape, beeswax associated with honey, and rice.
The prehistoric beverage at Jiahu, Dr. McGovern asserts, paved the way for unique cereal beverages of the proto-historic 2nd millennium BCE, remarkably preserved as liquids inside sealed bronze vessels of the Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties. The vessels had become hermetically sealed when their tightly fitting lids corroded, preventing evaporation.
Numerous bronze vessels with these liquids have been excavated at major urban centers along the Yellow River, especially from elite burials of high-ranking individuals. Besides serving as burial goods to sustain the dead in the afterlife, the vessels and their contents can also be related to funerary ceremonies in which living intermediaries communicated with the deceased ancestor and gods in an altered state of consciousness after imbibing a fermented beverage.
The fragrant aroma of the liquids inside the tightly lidded jars and vats, when their lids were first removed after some three thousand years, suggested that they indeed represented Shang and Western Zhou fermented beverages, ” Dr. McGovern noted. Samples of liquid inside vessels from the important capital of Anyang and the Changzikou Tomb in Luyi county were analyzed.
The combined archaeochemical, archaeobotanical and archaeological evidence for the Changzikou Tomb and Anyang liquids point to their being fermented and filtered rice or millet “wines,” either jiu or chang, its herbal equivalent, according to the Shang Dynasty oracle inscriptions.
Specific aromatic herbs (e.g., wormword), flowers (e.g., chrysanthemum), and/or tree resins (e.g., China fir and elemi) had been added to the wines, according to detected compounds such as camphor and alpha-cedrene, beta-amyrin and oleanolic acid, as well as benzaldehyde, acetic acid, and short-chain alcohols characteristic of rice and millet wines.
Both jiu and chang of proto-historic China were likely made by mold saccharification, a uniquely Chinese contribution to beverage-making in which an assemblage of mold species are used to break down the carbohydrates of rice and other grains into simple, fermentable sugars.
- Yeast for fermentation of the simple sugars enters the process adventitiously, either brought in by insects or settling on to large and small cakes of the mold conglomerate (qu) from the rafters of old buildings.
- As many as 100 special herbs, including wormwood, are used today to make qu, and some have been shown to increase the yeast activity by as much as seven-fold.
For Dr. McGovern, who began his role in the Chinese wine studies in 2000, this discovery offers an exciting new chapter in our rapidly growing understanding of the importance of fermented beverages in human culture around the world. In 1990, he and colleagues Rudolph H.
- Michel and Virginia R.
- Badler first made headlines with the discovery of what was then the earliest known chemical evidence of wine, dating to ca.3500-3100 BCE, from Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran (see “Drink and Be Merry!: Infrared Spectroscopy and Ancient Near Eastern Wine” in Organic Contents of Ancient Vessels: Materials Analysis and Archaeological Investigation, eds.W.R.
Biers and P.E. McGovern, MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology, vol.7, Philadelphia: MASCA, University of Pennsylvania Museum, University of Pennsylvania). That finding was followed up by the earliest chemically confirmed barley beer in 1992, inside another vessel from the same room at Godin Tepe that housed the wine jars.
- In 1994, chemical testing confirmed resinated wine inside two jars excavated by a Penn archaeological team at the Neolithic site of Hajji Firuz Tepe, Iran, dating to ca.5400 BCE and some 2000 years earlier than the Godin Tepe jar. Dr.
- McGovern is author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton University Press, 2003).
Dr. McGovern’s research was made possible by support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the National Science Foundation (2000-2001; award BCS-9911128). The GC-MS analyses were carried out in the Chemistry Department of Drexel University through the kind auspices of J.P.
- Honovich. Dr.
- McGovern also thanks the Institute of Archaeology in Beijing and Zhengzhou for logistical support and providing samples for analysis.
- Qin Ma Hui, Wuxiao Hong, Hsing-Tsung Huang, Shuicheng Li, Guoguang Luo, Victor Mair, Harold Olmo, Vernon Singleton, and Tiemei Chen variously advised on or facilitated the research.
Changsui Wang, chairperson of the Archaeometry program at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei (Anhui Province) was untiring in his enthusiasm for the project, and personally accompanied Dr. McGovern on travels to excavations and institutes, where collaborations and meetings with key scientists and archaeologists were arranged.
Do they drink Corona in Mexico?
3. 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. However, it wasn’t officially exported to the U.S. until the ’80s.
What happened to Corona drinks?
Corona was sold to the Beecham Group in 1958 and subsequently to Britvic, but stopped trading as a brand in the late 1990s.
Can you still buy Corona?
A brief history of Welsh pop icon Corona Corona bottles, image via Facebook Over the summer, Nation.Cymru serialised ‘The Great Welsh Auntie Novel’, the acclaimed debut novel by John Geraint, one of Wales’s most experienced documentary-makers. Today, we’re delighted to launch an autumn series written and recorded by John Geraint. As he explains, it’s based on his popular Rhondda Radio talks and podcasts.
- John Geraint
- For last year, I’ve been entertaining the people of my native valley with a weekly radio talk which doubles up as a podcast – ‘John On The Rhondda’.
- It draws on memories of growing up there, but I hope it’s more than a catalogue of hiraeth ; it’s about how the Rhondda has changed, is changing, about the values the Valley has lived by and about how some of those values can help guide not just the Rhondda but the whole of Wales towards a better future.
So it’s great to have this wider platform over the coming weeks, thanks to Nation.Cymru, to share some of my thoughts with a national audience. Whether you come from the Rhondda or elsewhere in the valleys, or your family did, or you’d simply like to understand this very special part of the country better, I hope you’ll find something in what I have to say to pique your interest, and something to set you thinking about your Wales, our Wales.
- Dandelion and Burdock, Cream Soda or plain Lemonade or Orangeade – whatever your favourite fizzy flavour was, a tall, sturdy glass bottle of Corona, with its big, distinctive capital C on the label well, that was our idea of heaven.
- They don’t make Corona pop anymore, but once upon a time it rivalled Coca-Cola and Pepsi across much of Britain: the most successful brand ever to come from the Rhondda.
- If you’ve driven up into the Valley through Porth, you’ll have spotted that factory tower emblazoned with the words ‘Thomas and Evans, Welsh Hills Works’.
- That’s where Corona began, as Welsh Hills Mineral Water.
Circa 1932 Crossley by Alan Farrow is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0. A byword for quality The story really starts with a boy from Pembrokeshire. William Evans was drawn to the Valleys in their Victorian heyday. Coal was King. Tens of thousands of others were moving in to be part of the boom – and they needed to be fed, so grocery businesses were booming too.
William Evans was apprenticed to a grocer called William Thomas in Aberbeeg, but young Master Evans was a quick learner, and ambitious with it. He opened a shop of his own and persuaded his boss to invest – and so ‘Thomas and Evans’ was born. Pretty soon, he’d made enough money to buy William Thomas out of the business – but the trading name stuck: ‘Thomas and Evans’ it would always be.
William Evans opened another store, and another, up and down the Rhondda and across the coalfield: shop after shop. ‘Thomas and Evans’ became a byword for quality – and quantity!
- They sold so much that they even had their own railway sidings, backing onto their headquarters in Porth, so that incoming foodstuffs could be loaded in bulk straight into their warehouse.
- Take a walk down Porth’s main shopping thoroughfare, Hannah Street, today and you can still see the letters ‘T & E’ built into the façade at the top of the biggest shopfront of them all.
- And it was there that, one day, something bizarre happened to William Evans, something that could only have happened in a place like the Rhondda was in those days.
A stranger walked in claiming – in an American accent – to be a Medicine Man. He’d been run out of Galveston Texas, he said – at gunpoint! Well, Porth was a pioneering frontier town in its own right: it made some kind of sense for this drifter to fetch up there.
The man was certainly down on his luck. Starving, in fact. So he made a deal with William Evans: in exchange for a square meal, he promised to share the secret of making “mineral water the like of which your customers will never have tasted.” Pop was popular And that was how William Evans began making pop.
Whether or not the recipe really came from Texas, Welsh Hills Mineral Water really did have something special about it. Everyone got a taste for it. That factory in Porth was built to cope with the demand. And when times got tough, William Evans hit on the idea of door-to-door delivery.
The pop man would pop round, just like the milkman. Even if your purse was nearly empty, it was hard to say ‘no’ to a treat brought to your own doorstep. And William Evans’s pop was popular! Soon it was being marketed beyond the borders of Wales. ‘Welsh Hills’ didn’t have the right cachet to attract customers in the English Midlands, so William Evans organised a competition, challenging his staff to come up with a new brand name, and offering a grand prize of £5 for the winner.
The big man appointed his senior colleagues as judges, and when they chose ‘Corona’, William Evans smiled and said, “in which case I will keep my £5.” It was his own entry. That’s businessmen for you. Canny? Shrewd? Mean? Whatever he was, William Evans made his fortune from Corona pop.
- After his days, he gifted the surrounding parkland to the people of Porth, and his family home became council offices.
- Back in the 1980s, I filmed a BBC drama-documentary there telling the extraordinary story of his life, and it was a real eye-opener to turn the offices back into the Edwardian splendour of a businessman’s palace by the magic of television.
- By the 1940s, Corona was selling an astonishing 70 million bottles of pop a year – not bad for something that originated in a chance conversation with an American quack doctor on a street in Porth.
- But the company passed out of the hands of William Evans’s family, sold to the Beecham Group in 1958 and subsequently to Britvic.
Despite of one of the most memorable advertising campaigns of the 1970s – “Every bubble’s passed its FIZZical!” – Corona got overtaken by trendier soft drinks, some with big bucks from across the Atlantic to lavish on their marketing.
- Corona stopped trading before turn of the Millennium, though you can still buy one of the company’s offshoot brands, Tango, in a whole variety of flavours that I’m sure William Evans would have approved of.
- But it’s a frustrating end to an epic story – because, as with the wealth generated by our coal, I often wonder how rich the Rhondda would be today if only we’d held on to the assets and the profits created here, by the ingenuity of people like William Evans and the hard work of his employees.
- There’s a lesson in that for every business in Wales.
- Anyway, the next time you hear the word ‘Corona’, rather than something worse, you can imagine a big bottle of pop.
Ah, but which flavour? For me, every time, it’s got to be Dandelion and Burdock.
- ‘John On The Rhondda’ is broadcast at about 3.15pm as part of David Arthur’s Wednesday Afternoon Show on
- All episodes of the ‘John On The Rhondda’ podcast are available
- John Geraint’s debut in fiction, ‘The Great Welsh Auntie Novel’, is available from all good, or directly from
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Who brought Corona beer to the US?
What is ‘beer’? – Constellation Brands launched 4.5% ABV Corona Hard Seltzer in the US at the beginning of 2020: hoping to propel the launch with the use of the ‘unbelievably strong brand equity’ enjoyed by brand Corona.
- Constellation Brands gained the rights to the Corona name in the US when AB InBev sold Grupo Modelo’s US business to Constellation in 2013; while AB InBev maintains the rights to the Corona name elsewhere.
- But in its lawsuit, AB InBev had claimed that Constellation only had gained the rights to use Corona with beer products.
- Constellation Brands, meanwhile, argued the launch of Corona Hard Seltzer complied with the license agreement: reacting in 2021 that the ‘insinuation that Corona Hard Seltzer should not be classified as beer or a version thereof, is completely without merit, a blatant attempt to restrain a strong and well-established competitor in a high growth segment of the US beer market’.
- Responding to Wednesday’s decision in Constellation’s favor, Maggie Bowman, Vice President, Communications Constellation Brands Beer Division, said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this trial and remain committed to continuing to operate in accordance with the terms of our sublicense agreement as we work with our distributor and retailer partners to continue to build brands consumers love.”
- A Grupo Modelo spokesperson said the company is “disappointed with the verdict and evaluating all options.”
- Both beer majors have pushed into the hard seltzer category: Constellation led by Corona Hard Seltzer and AB InBev with brands such as Bud Light Seltzer, Michelob Ultra Organic Hard Seltzer and Bon & Viv and Natty Light Seltzers.
: Constellation Brands wins case to use Corona brand name with Corona Hard Seltzer
Is Corona brewed in USA?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Manufacturer||Constellation Brands AB InBev|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|Introduced||1925 ; 98 years ago|
|Alcohol by volume||4.5%|
Corona is a brand of beer produced in multiple breweries in Mexico and imported to markets around the world. Constellation Brands is the exclusive licensee and sole manufacturer and producer of Corona in the fifty states of the United States, Washington, D.C., and Guam.
Belgian company AB InBev owns the beer in all other markets. It is the top-selling brand of imported beer in the United States. It is often served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavor. The recipe for the mash bill includes corn as well as the barley malt and hops traditionally used for making 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,
Is Corona beer USA made?
Corona beer is the best-selling, most recognizable Mexican beer, not to mention a wildly successful imported beer in a category that has become extremely popular. Today, breweries worldwide may offer a Mexican-style beer to celebrate Cinco De Mayo or warm-weather beachy vibes.
Who imports Corona into the us?
WEBSITE: Crownimportsllc.com DISTRIBUTED IN: Lakeshore Beverage (IL), TriStar Beverage of Clarksville (TN), Crown Imports LLC, a division of Constellation Brands, imports, distributes and markets the Modelo portfolio and other fine beer brands across the entire U.S.