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Are Corona and Dos Equis No Longer Mexican Beers?


Enjoying a nice cold Corona Extra on a hot day and you may say, what a great Mexican beer. But what most people don’t know that nowadays most beers aren’t what they seem.

Grupo Modelo, the makers of well known Mexican beers like Corona Extra, Victoria, and Modelo are actually owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch recently payed $20.1 billion to take full control of the maker of Corona Extra beer. You may think that Corona is an American beer, well think again, Anheuser-Busch the maker of  Budweiser and Bud light is currently a Belgian-Brazilian beverage company with its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma, the makers of the popular Mexican beers, Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol, was recently purchased by Heineken for $5.5 billion. This is Heineken’s second major buy in the past two years, as it bought Scottish & Newcastle operations worth 10.2 million Euros in May 2008. Heineken was the best-selling imported beer in the U.S. for years before being surpassed by Corona Extra. Modelo Especial is in third place followed by Tecate in fourth.

Another well known brewing company is Miller Brewing Company which makes Miller Lite, and Miller Genuine Draft. You may think that it’s an American company. Think again, it is owned by SABMiller, a South African Brewery.

Hopefully the formula of these great Mexican beers will not change so we can continue to enjoy a cold refreshing Belgian Corona Extra or a Dutch Dos Equis.

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