It is in 1890 that our story begins. British Planter Sir Samuel Baker decided to establish a home brewery in the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya, although it was in 1881 that the facet of commercial brewing is evidenced, managed by Messrs Bremer and Pa Bavary. Ownership changed in 1884 to Murrey Brewery Company Rawalpindi, who later sold out to Ceylon Brewery, helmed by the pragmatic J B Hampson and later G W Lindsay White, who founded The Ceylon Brewery Limited in 1911.
Promoted widely under the brand logo of a stag head seven decades later, Ceylon Brewery became a subsidiary of diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate Carson Cumberbatch.
It was in the 1940s, that the company expanded its product portfolio, introducing Lion Lager, Pale Ale, Sinha Pilsner and Stout and twenty years later, to mark the Jubilee Annual General Meeting, the award winning Jubilee Ale was launched into the market. Having been honored with a gold medal at the Monde Selection and gaining second place at the Brewers and Allied Exhibition in London, Jubilee Ale’s secret to success was its added strength. Commemorating HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Sri Lankan in 1982, the company introduced Royal Pilsner, which later replaced Lion and Sinha Pilsner. Skol Pilsner spearheaded the complete brand change to Lion Beers, for the entire portfolio of brands coming under Ceylon Brewery.
Lion Stout- “…soft, fresh and delicious, top-fermented Lion Stout is bottle-conditioned and has an extraordinary chocolatey, mocha character.” — Michael Jackson The Beer Hunter®. abv: 8.8%