Bavaria Brewery (Colombia)

Bavaria Brewery (Colombia) Pilsner Miller Brewing Company
Bavaria Brewery
ISINCOP1621C1034 Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedApril 4, 1889 as Kopp’s Bavaria - Fabrica de Cerveza Alemana
FounderLeo S. Kopp
Area served
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panamá, Peru, Spain
Key people
Karl Lippert
ProductsBeers, bottled water, fruit juices, malt beverages
OwnerAnheuser-Busch InBev
Number of employees
ParentAnheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
SubsidiariesÁguila 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. In 2005, Bavaria Brewery became a subsidiary of SABMiller.[1] Before the merger, Bavaria was the second-largest brewery in South America.

Since 10 October 2016 when Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired the entire SABMiller company, the latter - including its subsidiaries such as Bavaria - has been a business division of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. SABMiller ceased to exist as a corporation.[2] SABMiller also ceased trading on global stock markets.[3][4]


In 1876, Leo Siegfried and Emil Kopp arrived in Santander seeking business opportunities. In 1879, together with the brothers Santiago and Carlos Arturo Castello, they formed in Bogota the company Kopp y Castello, destined to trade and import goods.

On April 4, 1889, the acquisition of a lot for the construction of a brewery was registered in Bogota. In 1890, the society Kopp and Castello was dissolved and was created the company Bavaria Kopp's Deutsche Bierbrauerei, which on 22 April of the following year recorded as factory image the German imperial eagle, and opened its headquarters in San Diego, downtown Bogotá, on 28 May.

En diciembre de 1911, durante el centenario de la Independencia, utilizaron la figura de Policarpa Salavarrieta en su marca La Pola.

Bottlers and Brand Names

Bavaria's products are produced in six breweries located in different cities of Colombia, such as Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Tibasosa, Medellín, Tocancipá and Yumbo. It also has two malteries, one in Cartagena and another one in Tibitó via Zipaquirá-Briceño, two label factories and one tapas factory.

The national beers produced by Bavaria are Poker, Aguila Original, Aguila Cero, Aguila Light, Aguila Fusion Limón, Club Colombia Dorada, Club Colombia Roja, Club Colombia Negra, Club Colombia Trigo, Club Colombia Oktoberfest, Club Colombia Siembra, Azteca, Redd's, Pilsen, Costeña, and Costeñita. The imports it distributes are Corona, Budweiser and Stella Artois. Their non-alcoholic drinks are marketed as Zalva Water, Pony Malta, Pony Malta Mini, Pony Malta Vital, Malta Leona and Cola & Pola.


Other brands

Awards And Recognition


Bavaria has been working during 130 years to transform Colombia.

Bavaria Entrepreneurs

Bavaria created the Bavarian Entrepreneurs program to give tools to women shopkeepers to strengthen the main source of income for their home, their shop. It also provides financial and educational benefits to improve their quality of life and that of their families. These shopkeepers have become leaders and agents of change within their localities. The programme has benefited more than 11,300 women from about 50 municipalities in 20 departments.

Sowing Bavaria

For more than 10 years, Bavaria, through the Bavaria Foundation, has invested more than $2 million in research to promote malt barley production in Colombia. Through this program, Bavaria works with farmers to continue to promote beer barley crops and the development of the Colombian countryside.

Bavarian Water Funds

Bavaria works with 4 water funds in Colombia to develop strategies to identify the main water risks faced by each region and establish action plans to mitigate them.


Bavaria, through MiPáramo, protects the Forest “Alto Andino” in order to guarantee the quantity and quality of water coming from the Santurbán moor, through conservation with peasant families and isolation of the forest with fences. Through conservation, restoration and sustainable agricultural practices, more than 3,700 hectares have been protected in this area of the country. This project has benefited 1,066 peasant families in the region, planted more than 179,000 trees and worked with major national and international partners to positively impact this ecosystem.

Responsible consumption

Bavaria is committed to promoting responsible consumption of alcohol in adults, and the prevention of underage alcohol consumption. To do this, the company works in partnership with local government entities, district schools, and value chain actors (such as shopkeepers) to prevent underage alcohol consumption. Bavaria also conducts annual communication campaigns to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol.

Global Beer Responsible Day

More than 3,000 employees took to the streets, carrying tips and smart consumer messages to consumers and shopkeepers who delivered them, thus raising awareness among more than 140,000 people.

Volunteer Program

Bavaria has the largest volunteer program in Colombia. #Meuno is a web platform that aims to connect volunteer organizations and networks throughout the national territory. In 2019, Bavaria mobilized more than 12,000 volunteers to clean the country's most important water sources in 15 cities, working with more than 150 partners and extracting 300 tons of garbage. The platform has over 56,000 registered volunteers and has been consolidated as an effective tool to support volunteer work in the country.


  1. ^ "SABMiller - Sustainable development - Where we operate - Latin America - Colombia - Overview". www.sabmiller.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of SABMiller Limited". Bloomberg. Bloomberg. 14 November 2016. The company was formerly known as South African Breweries plc and changed its name to SABMiller plc in July 2002.
  3. ^ Dill, Molly (10 October 2016). "Anheuser-Busch to complete acquisition of SABMiller today". BizTimes. BizTimes Media LLC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ Nurin, Tara (10 October 2016). "It's Final: AB InBev Closes On Deal To Buy SABMiller". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 1 February 2017. SABMiller ceased trading on global stock markets last week