Our Origins: a Belgium brewer rooted in Africa
Beer is Belgium, Belgium is beer
Brewing in Belgium has a long history, dating back to the Roman Gallo era. As in the rest of Europe, beer was seen as a healthy alternative to drinking water, which was often of suspect quality. Traditions and the passing on of trade secrets from father to son have created a unique Belgian beer culture, leading to a large number and diversity of beer styles from abbey beer to lambiek.
In the late 19th century, Belgium had well over 200.000 cafes, which meant there was a café for every five houses. On top of the in home consumption, cafés were supplied by more than 3.000 breweries.
Caulier Brewery was one of them. That is where the company started in the middle of the 19th century, making it today a 7th generation brewery.
One of the largest brewers in Africa from the 60s to the 90s
In the late 50s, the company became UNIBRA, Union des Brasseries Africaines, by acquiring the breweries of Congo just before the country’s independence.
It was a successful venture that makes UNIBRA one of the largest breweries in French speaking Africa, leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.
SKOL’s today worldwide presence
Nowadays, as a result of its international heritage, SKOL has a worldwide footprint, being part of three international brewers’ brand portfolio. Each of them owns the trademark on a specific territory.
AB-INBEV, the world leading brewer, uses the brand in Latin America. The Danish CARLSBERG covers Europe, North America and Asia. Both acquired the trademark from the initial co-founders of SKOL.
UNIBRA is the only one of them that kept its rights from the origin. UNIBRA has thus the full trademark ownership to promote the brand all over Africa.