Kronenbourg brewery was originally founded by Geronimus Hatt in Strasbourg, France in 1664. The name comes from the area where the brewery relocated in 1850. 

Geronimus Hatt, who obtained his Master Brewer's certificate in 1649, started up the Canon Brewery in the Place du Corbeau in Strasbourg. His son Claude (born November 1665), succeeded his father in the trade in 1683. However, the frequent flooding of the River Ill compelled in 1850 a move to the higher terrain of Cronenbourg, an area of Strasbourg.

In 1922, the Hatt Brewery changed its name to Tigre Bock, the most well-known brand of the Tiger Brewery it had acquired to become the leading brewer in Alsace. Following the Second World War, "Kronenbourg" became the name of the company, and began international expansion.

Makers of a premium lager, Kronenbourg 1664 is recognised worldwide and today is owned by the Carlsberg Group.