While most tourists have downed their fill of lager beers along Mexico’s vast coast line, the country’s beer capital is far from the ocean. Mexico City, the largest metropolis in North America, brews the world’s sixth best selling beer, Corona. But drinking beer in Mexico does not always involve a lime, or even a beer brand that you’ve heard of. There are several other brands that are produced in Mexico that rarely cross the border.
Although brewed beverages have a long history in Mexico, predating the Spanish Conquistadors’ little visit, beer has only had a real presence since the middle of the 19th century. The largest impact comes from Cervecería Modelo, which began brewing Corona and Modelo in Mexico City in 1925. In 1933, the US became one of their biggest accounts, although Prohibition (and smuggling of beer across the border) may have given the Mexican beer industry a boost prior to that.
Today, the Mexico City beer scene is dominated by large companies and consumed in massive amounts. Craft beers in Mexico City have begun to spring up, although much of their product does better in the US than in Mexico.