1680

Start of the brewery

The first appearance of brewery 'De Kerkdijk' in archives.

1719

Founding year

For many years now, we have used 1719 as the year in which we were founded and we mention this year on some of our labels. This is the year from which the oldest excise papers were found. But a municipal archivist who researched our origins last century remarked that the origins of the brewery probably go back much further, to 1680.

1773

The first Swinkels

From this moment on the brewery and the Swinkels family are connected inextricably.

1924

Opening of new brewery

We open a new brewery. A year later, the three brothers Frans, Piet and Jan Swinkels founded the company 'Gebroeders Swinkels'. They then introduced a new (bottom fermentation) brewing method for brewing pilsner.

1935

Opening of Brew house I

The three brothers Jan, Piet and Frans Swinkels open a new brew house, which is still operational today.

1940

Our own malt house

Johannes Swinkels opens our own malt house. This gives us more control over the quality of this important raw material for our beer.

1973

Our first export to Italy

A first; this year we export Bavaria beers to Italy for the first time.

1978

Introduction of alcohol-free beer

We introduce Bavaria Malt; Bavaria's first alcohol-free beer. Brewed according to a unique brewing method that never produces alcohol.

1999

Collaboration with de Koningshoeven

Bavaria is going to collaborate with Brewery De Koningshoeven. Here Trappist monks fully dedicate themselves to brewing La Trappe.

2004

Opening of the Eemshaven Malt House

We are expanding our malt houses with a location at the Eemshaven. Eemshaven Malt House is one of the largest malt houses in Europe.

2007

Introduction of Swinckels' and farewell to the 6th generation

The 6th generation of Swinkels pass on the baton to the 7th generation. In honour of this, we introduce the new superior pilsner Swinckels'.

2015

Opening of Brewery Habesha

In Ethiopia, we open Brewery Habesha, supported by 8,000 local shareholders. A brewery for and of the local population.

2016

Acquisition of Palm Belgian Crafts Brewers

We expand our portfolio of specialty beers with the acquisition of Palm Belgian Crafts Brewers.

2018

Swinkels Family Brewers

We change our trade name into Swinkels Family Brewers.

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    Good beer is not good enough. We push boundaries, time and time again. With three centuries of brewer's intuition and a healthy entrepreneurial spirit, we have come to where we are today.

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