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May 12, 2010

One Corona, please. Oh, and pass the salt.

pop the top off this corona and shake some salt in it!Last week, the Midnight Sons squeeeealed wheeeels up to Upper Fells in pursuit of awesome Latino bars.

Did we find them? You bet we did. I'm going to be dropping blog posts like bombshells this week, detailing our exploits.

One of the odd things we noticed: Coronas -- and other brands of bottled beer -- were served with a wedge of lime in the top, and a salt shaker on the side.

I'm used to lime and salt when slamming back tequila shots. But beer? Yes indeedy ...

The regulars would poke the lime wedge into their beers, pick up the salt shakers and add a pinch or two to the brews. My mouth puckered at the thought of it. I knew I had to try it, though. When in Rome and all.

So I ordered a Corona, shook the salt shaker a few times above my beer (getting as much on the bar as in the suds) and took a swig. It tasted OK -- like salty beer.

I wasn't sold on it. In fact, it vaguely reminded me of the heinous Bud Light & Clamato Chelada. Gack!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:33 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


My father used to dab salt in his beer to watch it froth up. It amused him. Simple things.

Nothing really new about this, and in fact, it's my understanding that this is what Miller is aiming for with their wretched Miller Chill.

Sounds like swill to me...

I used to know a construction worker that SWORE by salt in a "lesser" beer ( light colored lager type) as a remedy for dehydration. A true drinker would never stoop to something as lowly as Gatorade, no matter how hot the day. Considering he lived in an unheated warehouse, gin was considered central heating, so go figure.

Can't stomach Corona myself, the urban legend about their water source still bothers me.

My father was a friggin' doctor and he swore the same as baltimocker's construction worker. Weird.

Step 1 - Pop open a corona
Step 2 - drink enough so the neck of the bottle is empty.
Step 3 - fill neck of bottle with Bicardi Limon.
Step 4 - Enjoy

My buddy came back from a business trip in FL with this drink. He called it a Diver Down. It gets the job done.

Limon and Corona is definitely where its at!

buyer beware

@baltimocker the urban legend about Corona is a racist rumor started by a Heineken wholesaler in Reno because they were losing sales.

Hence the term urban legend. I also know that insects do not lay eggs in beehive hairdos and consume various bodily parts upon reaching larval stage. Otherwise, Hamden would have been beset with a plague of ladies with eaten brains from 1952 to currently.
Beehive and super teased coifs still give me the willies. Logical? No. Visceral? Yes.

Baltimocker, you are one snarky dude. We should hang out and make fun of strangers and foreigners.


Beer is hypotonic (thin compared to blood plasma) so you become overly hydrated drinking it (hence the bathroom breaks). Adding salt to your beer makes is more isotonic so you will have less of a desire to urinate.

Whiskey is hypertonic, so you'd get the same effect sipping a shot and a beer. You're actually regulating your fluids better that way!


Thanks for the science, Dr. Boh.
Here's an experiment for us lot:
What is better to treat dehydration.. Salted Beer or Gatorade?
For the sake of science, i think this may have to be studied in depth on several occasions.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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