Murree Brewery

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Murree Brewery
Location National Park Road, Rawalpindi, PakistanPakistan
Opened 1860
Owner(s) Mr. Isphanyar Bhandara (present Chief Executive)
Active beers
Name Type
Murree beers
Murree Beer Beer
Murree's Classic Beer Beer
Murree's Millennium Beer
Lite Export Pils Beer
Strauss Beer Beer
Liquors beers
Rarest Malt Whisky Liquor
Malt Whisky Classic Liquor
Vintage Whisky Liquor
Bolskaya Vodka Liquor
Gin beers
Silver Top Gin Gin
London Dry Gin dry gin
Citrus Gin Gin
Lemo' Lime Gin Gin
Non Alcoholic beers
Cindy NAB[disambiguation needed]
Malt-79 Malt drink

Murree Brewery (KSEMUREB) is the maker of Pakistan's beer brand,[1] Murree Beer.[2] Its products are only legally available in Pakistan owing to a prohibition on the exportation of alcohol from Pakistan. The brewery has two manufacturing units located in Rawalpindi and Hattar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North-West Frontier Province (NWFP)).

History[edit]

The Murree Brewery Company Ltd. was established in 1860 to meet the beer requirements of British personnel at Ghora Gali near the resort place of Murree.[3]

The Brewery was managed by the family of General Reginald Dyer. In the 1880s the company established a further brewery in Rawalpindi and a distillery in Quetta. 1935 Balochistan earthquake]]. In the 1940s, the controlling share or interest in the brewery was obtained by the late Mr Peshton Bandhara, who used to run a liquor business in Lahore prior to the independence of Pakistan. His son, late M.P. Bhandara later carried on the business and now it is being run by a grandson, Mr Isphanyar Bandhara.

In the 1960s, oak casks were imported from North America, Australia and Spain and the underground cellars now hold over half a million litres of malt whisky for varying periods of maturation up to 12 years. Murree brewery produces a generally excellent world class single malt whisky.

New beer canning and modern bottle filling facility were installed in the 1990s, imported from Germany. In 2001, the brewery had been temporarily closed for producing too much polluting waste. Authorities slapped the environmental protection order on the Murree Brewery in Rawalpindi, Islamabad's twin city.[4]

Recent growth[edit]

In 1977, the Murree Brewery suffered a significant setback when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto imposed a total prohibition in Pakistan, to appease Islamic elements of the electorate. Subsequently the government of General Zia-ul-Haq amended this law, requiring anyone wishing to consume alcohol to present credentials demonstrating that they were non-Muslim. The small Christian, Hindu, and Parsi communities were not large enough to support the enterprise, and production had to be scaled back.

However, gradual relaxation of the prohibition laws has allowed Murree to introduce variations of Murree beer, vodka, gin, and whisky. Today, all Murree products are readily available in legal liquor shops that operate openly in Karachi in places like Zamzama and Defence. It is also available in the interior of Sindh. Although the consumption of alcohol in public places is still nominally banned, it is becoming increasingly available in clubs and high-class restaurants. Murree Beer was initially being produced in Austria for European markets and was available in various Pakistani and Indian restaurants, an enterprise which has since ceased since 2004. The current CEO, Isphanyar Bhandara has announced plans to pursue co-brewing with Fosters, but this scheme is still in development.

The Murree Brewery is one of the oldest public companies of the sub-continent. Its shares were traded on the Calcutta Stock Exchange as early as 1902, and is now the oldest continuing industrial enterprise of Pakistan and among the top 25 performing public companies by the Karachi Stock Exchange.

Murree's biggest competitor is the Quetta Distillery, and its products have to increasingly vie with smuggled brands from the West and India.[5]

In 2013, Murree Brewery opened a franchise in India to a Bangalore-based entrepreneur, allowing the brewing, bottling and marketing of the beer in India.[6]

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