Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil.
The abbey of Leffe starts brewing beer.
Monks discover the extremely complex brewing process for Hoegaarden wheat beer.
The Den Hoorn Brewery is purchased by master brewer Sébastien Artois, who changed its name to Artois.
Brasserie Piedboeuf SA is founded in Jupille, Belgium. Cervejaria Bohemia, the first Brazilian brewery, is founded in the same year.
Eberhard Anheuser takes control of Bavarian Brewery in St Louis, US, and the brewery’s name is changed to E. Anheuser & Co.
Victoria was first produced in 1865, making it Mexico’s oldest beer brand (and still one of its most popular).
The Beck & Co brewery is established by Heinrich Beck and partners.
Adolphus Busch, Eberhard Anheuser’s son-in-law, and his friend Carl Conrad create an American-style lager beer called Budweiser. In 1879 E. Anheuser & Co is renamed the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association.
Antarctica is founded in Brazil. It produced its first beer in 1889.
Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes is founded by Otto Bemberg, a German immigrant, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the same year Brahma was founded in Brazil as Villiger & Cia, Companhia Cerverjaria Brahma.
SAB becomes the first industrial company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
1920 to 1933
During Prohibition, Anheuser-Busch markets more than 25 different non-alcohol products such as soft drinks, truck bodies and ice cream.
Corona Extra is first brewed at the Cervecería Modelo in Mexico City. It becomes the nation’s bestselling beer just a decade later.
Cervejaria Bohemia is acquired by Antarctica.
SAB publishes a code of non-discriminatory employment. This was a first in South Africa.
Bud Light is launched in the United States.
Artois combines with another Belgian brewery, Piedboeuf, to become Interbrew.
SAB enters the market in Tanzania followed by Angola, Mozambique and Zambia.
Interbew acquires Canadian brewery Labatt.
1999 and 2000
Ambev is created from the combination of Brahma and Antarctica.
Interbrew becomes a publicly owned company, trading on the Euronext stock exchange in Brussels, Belgium.
SAB acquires the Honduran brewer Cervecería Hondureña and Industrias La Constancia in El Salvador. Interbrew establishes itself in Germany with the acquisition of Diebels. This was followed by Interbrew’s acquisition of Beck’s & Co., the Gilde Group and Spaten.
SAB acquires the Miller Brewing Company and becomes SABMiller. Interbrew strengthens its position in China by acquiring stakes in the K.K. Brewery and the Zhujiang Brewery.
Ambev acquires its initial interest in Quilmes Industrial S.A, which is now 100% owned by Ambev.
Interbrew and Ambev combine, resulting in the creation of InBev.
SABMiller moves into Latin America with the acquisition of Bavaria in Colombia.
Anheuser-Busch and InBev combine to become Anheuser-Busch InBev.
SABMiller launches a broad-based black economic empowerment transaction in South Africa, involving an equity issue of 8.45% of The South African Breweries (Pty) Limited.
SABMiller acquires the Foster’s Group, the leading brewing group in Australia.
AB InBev completes the combination with Grupo Modelo.
AB InBev completes its acquisition of Oriental Brewery, the leading brewer in South Korea, and Siping Ginsber in Jilin province in China.
AB InBev completes its combination with SABMiller.