Beer is the oldest recorded recipe in the world. The ancient Egyptians first documented the brewing process on papyrus scrolls around 5,000 B.C. The Egyptians used beer for religious ceremonies, with the Pharaoh directing the brewing schedule and distribution to the masses.
A brewery or brewing company is a business that makes and sells beer, where distinct sets of brewing equipment are called plant.
The first lager was brewed in Britain and some of the first brewed outside southern Germany was made in Edinburgh, in 1835. Weihenstephan Abbey was a benedictine monastery in Weihenstephan in Germany established the oldest still-operating brewery in the world in 1040.
The commercial brewing of beer has taken place since at least 2500 BC in ancient Mesopotamia, brewers derived social sanction and divine protection from the goddess Nirkasi. Brewing was initially a cottage industry, with production taking place at home; by the ninth century monasteries and farms would produce beer on a larger scale, selling the excess; and by the eleventh and twelfth centuries larger, dedicated breweries with eight to ten workers were being built.
United Breweries made its initial impact by manufacturing bulk beer for the British troops before independence, which was transported in huge barrels or “Hogsheads”. Kingfisher, the group’s most visible and profitable brand, made a modest entry in the sixties. During the 1950s and 60s, the company expanded greatly by acquiring other breweries. First was the addition of McDowell as one of the Group subsidiaries, a move which helped United Breweries to extend its portfolio to wines and spirits business.
Bengaluru’s tryst with beer goes back to its colonial history when the British soldiers had to have cheap liquor and inaugurated the brew. The other Bengaluru had its own country liquor ‘saarai’ and military hotels that served the masses with popular non-vegetarian cuisine
It was another connection to the House of Khodays and the distinguished gentleman Srihari Khoday that played a role in making the city addicted to liquor.
The largest brewery in India by market share is the Bengaluru based United Breweries.