Beers I Have Known: Corona

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.


Technically, the name of the beer is Corona Extra, but who ever calls it that? Back in my college days and immediately thereafter, when any beer from outside the borders of the United States automatically registered with me and mine as an exotic indulgence, Corona was one of the prime brews for those of us looking to treat ourselves to a slightly posher experience. Adding to the misplaced sense of fancy was the wedge of lime wedged into the mouth off the bottle upon serving, practically a requirement to prevent the inherent skunkiness of the beer from overwhelming the palate. It gave the beer the guise of an elaborate, upscale cocktail, the sliver of green fruit serving as a stand-in for a miniature umbrella bobbing on the icy surface. The most skilled of my kindred could plunge the lime into the beer with their thumb, keep said digit wedged into the upper neck of the bottle, flip the bottle completely upside down until the lime sauntered upward to the base of the bottle, and invert their beverage once again, nary a drop spilled and the necessary citrus infusion presumably spread more evenly throughout the fluid than any other means could muster. Whenever I tried this trick, I got a frothy, carbonated spray right in my mush. There are worse punishments a beer can dole out.

Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
Labatt Blue
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Point Beyond the Pale IPA
Capital Brewery Supper Club
Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
Central Waters Brewing Company Sixteen
Pisgah Pale Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company Pumpkin Pie Lust
Asheville Brewing Company Rocket Girl
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
21st Amendment Brewery Down to Earth
Point Bock
3 Sheeps Hello, My Name is Joe

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