Tribune News Service
Solan, November 30
Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor today paid a surprise visit to Mohan Mekin Brewery located on the Kalka-Shimla highway. He was accompanied by his wife Sunita Kapoor.
He also visited Mohan Shakti Heritage Park set up by the Mohan Mekin group at Harat village, near here, and spent about 4 to 5 hours there. He performed ‘puja’ at the palatial temple there.
Later, the actor visited the British era brewery, which is known for its various liquor brands, including Old Monk, which is a coveted global brand. His visit took the residents of the town by surprise. The actor was accompanied by brewary’s senior official Ashok Malhotra.
Edward Dyer had opened a brewery at Kasauli in 1855 and a distillery in Solan. It marked the advent of industrialisation in the region and was the first brewery to be set up in Asia.
Another entrepreneur, HG Meakin, coming from a well-known brewing family of Burton-on-Trent, founded Meakin & Co. Ltd. They joined hands to form Dyer Meakin & Co Ltd. It was finally bought by Narendra Nath Mohan in 1949 as he was already doing business with the company.
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