The man behind one of the world’s best selling dark rum, Old Monk, Brigadier (retd) Kapil Mohan passed away at the age of 88, on Saturday, 6 January.
He was former Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd, which makes Old Monk. He had a fatal cardiac arrest at Mohan Nagar, near Ghaziabad, India .
Kapil Mohan was very conscious about maintaining quality of his products , and therefore even after 150 years, the water for the breweries is still sourced from the same natural spring in Solan, from where it was sourced when the facility was set up.
Mohan was a Padma Shri award winner, he launched Old Monk rum on 19 December 1954, after his father took over the company from Dyer Meakin Breweries.
Founded in 1855 by Edward Dyer, Mohan Meakin was Asia’s first brewery. It started operations in the hill-town of Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh), where the water is suitable for brewing, and its first product was Lion Beer.
In 1949, NN Mohan, an Indian businessman and patriarch of the Mohan family, acquired the company. In 1966, the company was renamed Mohan Meakin Breweries, and as the company diversified, the term ‘breweries’ was dropped from the name.
At one point, Mohan Meakin Limited was one of India’s largest companies. May his soul rest in peace.