Modelo® Opens 'Virtual Bar' for National Michelada Day

The Official Beer for Micheladas(TM) celebrates the ultimate beer cocktail with its fans on Facebook LIVE to create 'The Model Michelada'

Chicago, Ill., July 6, 2016 - With summer in full swing, Modelo Especial - The Official Beer for Micheladas(TM) -- is paying tribute to a timeless Mexican cerveza preparada and the season's best cocktail on National Michelada Day, July 12.

As a part of its Modelo Michelada Week, the #2 imported beer in America is asking its fans to share how they prepare their beers or chelas through the brand's Facebook page. From the beer and the mixer to the spice and the garnish, Modelo will create the first fan-inspired michelada - The "Model" Michelada - and reveal the recipe on National Michelada Day at a "virtual bar" on Facebook. The brand will also give its fans the chance craft a michelada during the bar experience on Facebook LIVE. Fans can tell the brand what they like in their michelada during the broadcast and Chicago mixologist, Dylan Stewart, will make it live.

The michelada, one of the most popular drinks in Mexico and quickly becoming a mainstay on bar menus across the U.S., is a beer-based cocktail that is often made with tomato, lime and spices, served over ice in a glass with a salted rim for a refreshing beverage to enjoy all year long. And it's a part of a larger beer trend: there's been a 30 percent climb in menu appearance of beer based cocktails in the U.S from 2013 to 2014. However, there are many variations on the michelada recipe depending on regions in Mexico, occasions and, of course, family traditions.

"Our fans' michelada recipes are very personal, and everyone has their own traditions and opinions on what makes the best one. It's not called 'michelada' for nothing. Roughly translated, the drink's name means 'my beer, my way,'" says Ann Legan, vice president of marketing for Modelo USA. "So we really couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the time-honored beer cocktail than by asking our Modelo Especial and Negra Modelo fans to tell us the way they like to make their michelada."

To learn about Modelo's ready-made michelada, Modelo Especial Chelada, or for beer cocktail recipes, including "The Michelada" and "The Dirty Saylor," fans can visit modelespecialusa.com and negramodelousa.com.
           
About the Modelo Family of Brands
Born in 1925 in the small town of Tacuba, Mexico, Modelo has been brewing distinctive high quality beer ever since, including Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, and most recently, Modelo Especial Chelada.

Modelo Especial is a golden, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with a clean, crisp finish whose original recipe was first brewed under the vision to create a 'model' beer. As the #2 imported beer in the U.S., more than 73MM cases of Modelo Especial were sold in 2015.

Negra Modelo is a Munich Dunkel-style Lager brewed with slow-roasted caramel malts for a rich, smooth taste. The medium-body and unique flavor profile of Negra Modelo lends itself perfectly to pair well with food.

Modelo Especial Chelada is a michelada-style beer made the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt, and lime. Made with authentic ingredients, Modelo Especial Chelada delivers the real michelada experience in a ready-to-drink package.

The Modelo family of beers are exclusively brewed, imported and marketed for the U.S. by Constellations Brands.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. In 2015, Constellation was one of the top performing stocks in the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index. Constellation is the number three beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands including Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, and Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. Constellation is also the world's leader in premium wine selling great brands that people love including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and Jackson-Triggs. The company's premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand-building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

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