Thomas Fessenden (Student): Today we visited Cerveceria Modelo, a large brewery located in Guadalajara. The brewery employs 1,800 employees in Guadalajara, and more than 40,000 nationwide. CM produces 13 brands, with 5 brewed in Guadalajara; their most recognizable brands in the US are Corona and Modelo. They also produce brands isolated to Mexico and some even to specific regions within Mexico. The Guadalajara brewery is able to produce 4.5 million liters per month. The day began with excellent weather and held throughout the day; sunny and 75. The Cerveceria was a 30 min ride from the Mansion Del Sol, our hotel. When we arrived we were greeted by a helpful recent hire of Modelo; by recent, this was his 1st week at the company. He gave us a safety briefing about the plant. We then proceeded to the Mash Tun building, where the malt and ancillary starches are combined with hot water to create the wort. The wort is then filtered and then cooked; while cooking the hops are added to provide the bitter flavor of beer. The aromas of the mash are very sweet and malty, the building was about 95oF due to the cooking process. The wort is then transferred to the fermentation building. Here wort is allowed to ferment; utilizing 1 strand of yeast, alcohol and CO2 is produced, creating beer. We were able to see the bottom of 6 massive stainless steel vats. The excess CO2 is used to power turbines to create enough power for the entire plant. The beer is then transferred to bottling facility. Sadly we were unable to walk onto the bottling floor due to safety issues within the plant. We then returned to the tour building and had the opportunity to taste Corona in a keg, taken from the cooling towers, never bottled. They distribute Corona all over the world, with labels exclusive to the regions.
The tour was very interesting and the facilities were a sight to be seen, very clean and well organized; CM is an outstanding company to work for and takes pride in the products they produce.