• History
  • A Family affair
  • Labatt and Anheuser-Busch InBev

    first_brewhouseLabatt has deep roots in Canada stemming from its founder John Kinder. In 1847, a little more than a decade after arriving in London, Ont. from Ireland, John Kinder revealed in a letter what was to be his life-long calling: "Ihave been considering this brewing affair for some time," he wrote to his wife, "and think it would suit me better than anything else..."

    That same year, hepurchased London's Simcoe Street brewery in partnership with Samuel Eccles and by 1855 had become the brewery's sole proprietor. The brewery was later renamed John Labatt's Brewery, marking the beginning of one of Canada's largest and most successful companies.

    Along with a passion to brew beer, John Kinder also knew a thing or two about business. He realized the Great Western Railway, completed in the late 1850s, was the company's ticket to expansion outside London. No longer limiting beer sales to London and its surrounding areas, the railway opened new markets for Labatt in Toronto, Montréal and the Maritimes and formed the foundation for future aggressive expansion.

    1828The first Labatt Brewhouse built in 1828

    1878 Labatt's India Pale Ale wins a gold medal at the
    International Exposition in Paris, France.

    By this time, brewing beer had become a Labatt family tradition, with John Labatt Jr. becoming involved at an early age. After an apprenticeship at a Wheeling, West Virginia brewery, John Jr. returned to Canada and, when his father died in 1866, he took over the family business.

    A commitment to quality and innovation was not lost on John Jr., whose recipe for India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) won the 1876 silver medal at the Dominion of Canada Exposition in Ottawa. For the next 35 years, I.P.A. claimed prizes at competitions worldwide and was the first of many Labatt beers to gain international recognition.

    By 1878, Labatt had appointed an agency in Montréal to distribute its products. In 1899, steps were taken to meet an increasing demand for Labatt products in the Toronto area, where subsequently a sales office and small warehouse were opened.

    In 1995, Labatt was acquired by Interbrew, the Belgium-based global brewing company with origins dating back to Belgium’s Den Hoorn brewery in 1366. In 2004, Interbrew, the world’s third largest brewer combined with Brazilian-based AmBev, the world’s fifth largest brewer, to create InBev.

    In November, 2008, InBev acquired the U.S. based Anheuser-Busch, one of the world’s iconic brewing companies. The merged company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is the global leader in beer and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies. St. Louis, MO is headquarters for both the company’s North American operations and for Anheuser-Busch. Leuven, Belgium remains world headquarters.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD).Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 150,000 employees based in 24 countries worldwide. In 2012, AB InBev realized 39.8 billion USD revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.

    The company invests the majority of its brand-building resources on key Focus Brands - those with the greatest growth potential such as global brands Budweiser®, Corona®, Stella Artois® and Beck’s®, alongside Leffe®, Hoegaarden®, Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Hasseröder® and Jupiler®.



    Labatt's heritage of brewing excellence extends close to 170 years.


    Labatt has been shaped by more than 166 years of brewing excellence and commitment to the communities where it operates. Since 1847, the company has never lost sight of the fact that it's in business to serve its customers and consumers. By continually finding innovative ways to enhance the consumer experience with its brands, we evolved from a single small brewery in London, Ontario to become an internationally renowned brewer.

    With a portfolio of about 60 quality beers and breweries from coast to coast, Labatt today employs 3,000 Canadians across four major market regions: Western, Ontario, Québec, and Atlantic.

    We are also proud to be part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewers of over 200 brands that include global flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck’s and Corona Extra.

    See: Labatt.com