Peroni Brewery

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Peroni Brewery
LocationRome, Italy
Opened1846; 178 years ago (1846)
Owned byAsahi Breweries
SAB-InBev (former)
Active beers
Crystall, a 5.6% abv pale lager; Peroni Gran Riserva, a 6.6% abv strong lager; Peroncino, a 5% pale lager; Peroni Leggera, a 3.5% pale lager; Capri, a 4.2% abv light lager.
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Peroni Brewery (Italian pronunciation: [peˈroːni]) is a brewing company founded by Francesco Peroni in Vigevano, Italy, in 1846.

In 2016, as part of agreements made with regulators before Anheuser-Busch InBev was allowed to acquire SABMiller, the company sold Peroni to Asahi Breweries.[1][2][3]

330mL bottle of Peroni Nastro Azzurro as of 2023

Foundation and early history[edit]

Foundation by Giovanni Peroni in Vigevano[edit]

The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy, in 1846. Due to booming business, a second brewery was built in Rome. The company was moved to Rome by Giovanni Peroni in 1864, six years prior to Rome becoming the Italian capital in 1870. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company became one of the most prominent brewing companies in the newly unified Italian nation.


In the 1960s and through their expansion, Peroni Nastro Azzurro launched numerous successful advertising campaigns, keeping a strong focus upon the sea and sailing world; each campaign featuring a model styled in a sailor outfit and hat.

In February 2021, Aston Martin F1 Team announced a partnership with Peroni to promote the Peroni Libera 0.0% alcohol free beer brand.[4]

Acquisition and expansion[edit]

The original Peroni beer. 4.7% abv. 330ml bottle.

By the 1990s, both the Peroni brand name and product line were distributed and known worldwide. The London-based brewing giant SABMiller bought the company in 2003, making it one of the few international brands in its portfolio.

Peroni was bought from SABMiller by the Japanese brewing giant Asahi in February 2016.


Nastro Azzurro at a sidewalk cafe in St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy.

Beers under the Peroni brand include: Crystall, a 5.6% abv pale lager; Peroni Gran Riserva, a 6.6% abv strong lager; Peroncino, a 5% pale lager; Peroni Leggera, a 3.5% pale lager; Peroni Capri, a 4.2% light lager.[5] The company also produces the Wührer[6] brand – a 4.7% pale lager launched in Brescia in 1829. The main brands are Peroni and Nastro Azzurro.

Peroncino beer


Peroni is the Peroni company's original brand. According to Assobirra,[7] it is the best selling beer in Italy. It is 4.7% abv and made with barley malt, maize, hop pellets and hop extract. By the 1950s and 1960s, Peroni was the most recognized brand of beer throughout the Italian peninsula and in 2019 was one of the five most popular Italian beers in the world.[8] Peroni is also available as a lemon flavour, named chill lemon.[9]

Nastro Azzurro[edit]

Nastro Azzurro is a 5.0% alcohol by volume pale lager. Launched in 1963, it is the Peroni Brewery's premium lager brand.[10] The name means "Blue Ribbon" in Italian, in honor of the Blue Riband won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933.[11] Nastro Azzurro has also sponsored teams in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. In 1997 they sponsored a 125cc Aprilia team with rider Valentino Rossi, who won the championship in that season. In 2000 and 2001 they sponsored a 500cc Honda team, again with Rossi as the rider.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Evison, James (12 October 2016). "Asahi Completes acquisition of Miller Brands U.K." Morning Advertiser. William Reed Business Media. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Asahi Completes acquisition of Miller Brands U.K." Fortune. Fortune=3 February 2017. 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Asahi Forks Over $7.8 Billion for 5 of AB InBev's Beer Brands", Fortune, 13 December 2016
  4. ^ "Peroni Libera 0.0% and Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™️ Announce Multi-Year Partnership". Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  5. ^ Leonard-Bedwell, Niamh (13 March 2023). "Peroni launches 'lighter' Capri lager to lure younger shoppers". The Grocer. Retrieved 12 November 2023.
  6. ^ "Wührer". Birra Peroni. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Layout 1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  8. ^ "The 5 most popular Italian beers in the world". Bell Italia. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Peroni Chill Lemon". Birra Peroni. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  10. ^ "[1][permanent dead link]." Miller Brands. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  11. ^ [2] Peroni Nastro Azzurro Campaigns. Retrieved 4 April 2013.

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