Bavaria Brewery (Colombia)

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Bavaria Brewery
Industry Beverages
Founded April 4, 1889 as Kopp's Deutsche Brauerei Bayern
Founder Leo S. Kopp
Headquarters Bogotá, Colombia
Area served
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panamá, Peru, Spain
Key people
Karl Lippert
Products Beers, bottled water, fruit juices, malt beverages
Owner SABMiller
Number of employees
Parent SABMiller
Subsidiaries Águila Brewery
Andina Brewery
Backus & Johnston Brewery
Leona Brewery
National Brewery of Panama
Unión Brewery

Bavaria Brewery (Spanish: Cervecería Bavaria), formally known as Bavaria S.A., is a Colombian brewery company founded on April 4, 1889 by Leo S. Kopp, a German immigrant. It is a subsidiary of SABMiller.[1] Before the merger, Bavaria was the second largest brewery in South America.


  • 1889. The corporation Kopp's Deutsche Brauerei Bavaria was created on April 4, 1889.
  • 1902. Cervecería Unión was founded in Medellín.
  • 1910. La Pola beer was launched to the Colombian market.
  • 1913. Cervecería Barranquilla was founded.
  • 1913. Águila beer was launched.
  • 1930. Consorcio de Cervecerías Bavaria is created, as a result of the merge of Kopp's Deutsche Brauerei and other regional breweries.
  • 1933. Cervecería Barranquilla y Bolívar S. A. was founded.
  • 1959. Consorcio de Cervecerías Bavaria changed its name to Bavaria S.A.
  • 1967. Cervecerías Bolívar and Barranquilla were merged to create Cervecería Águila S.A.
  • 1967. Merger of Cervecerías Aguila and Bavaria.
  • 1972. Bavaria purchased Cervecería Unión from Medellín.
  • 1973. Cervecería Bavaria is inaugurated in Bogotá.
  • 1975. Bavaria purchased the plant of Cervecería Litoral, located in Barranquilla.
  • 1981. Bavaria became an public corporation with shares at the Colombia Stock Exchange.
  • 1990. Bavaria acquired Central de Cervejas in Portugal.
  • 1992. Maltería Tropical was inaugurated in Cartagena.
  • 1994. Production of bottled drinking water and fruit refreshments started.
  • 1996. Grupo Empresarial Bavaria was created.
  • 1997. First split of Valores Bavaria, which separated Bavaria S.A. to be exclusively focused on beverages; consolidated in 2001.
  • 2000. GEB acquired 44.2% of Cervecería Leona in Colombia.
  • 2001. GEB purchased 91.5% of Cervecería Nacional in Panamá.
  • 2001. Bavaria restructured its productive platform.
  • 2002. Launching of Aguila Light beer.
  • 2002. GEB invested in Corporación Backus of Perú and purchased the majority of shares with right to vote.
  • 2003. Cervezería Nacional became part of GEB.
  • 2003. Bahía beer is launched.
  • 2004. Agua Brisa with gas and Malta Leona Cool were launched to the market.
  • 2004. GEB became the tenth largest brewing group in the world.
  • 2005. In October this year GEB became part of SABMiller.


  • Águila (pilsner, 4% alcohol by volume)
  • Águila Light (pilsner, 3.5% alc. vol., light variant of the above)
  • Brava (pilsner, 6.5% alc. vol.)
  • Club Colombia (pilsner, 4.7% alc. vol.)
  • Costeñita (pilsner, 4% alc. vol.)
  • Costeña (pilsner, 4% alc. vol.)
  • Leona (pilsner, 4% alc. vol.)
  • Pilsen (pilsner, 4.2% alc. vol.)
  • Póker (pilsner, 4% alc. vol.)

Other brands[edit]

  • Brisa (bottled water, both with and without gas)
  • Brisa Spa (flavored bottled water)
  • Malta Leona (high-energy drink)
  • Malta Leona Cool (malt beverage)
  • Pony Malta (energy malt beverage)
  • Tutti Frutti (fruit drink) (Now controlled by Postobón)
  • Cola y Pola (refajo)


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