Our brewing experience goes back before the discovery of gravity and we've always had one goal:"Vakmanschap in meesterschap" - Dutch for Craftmanship and Artistry. That's why it's written on every bottle.
The Grolsch brewery was founded in 1615 in Groenlo. The town of Groenlo was then known as Grolle, hence the name Grolsch, meaning 'of Grolle'. Grolsch is best known for its 5% abv pale lager, Grolsch Premium Pilsner. The brewery was first operated by Willem Neerfeldt. Neerfeldt's son-in-law, Peter Sanford Kuyper, later took over. Grolsch was, as of February 2006, the second largest brewer in the Netherlands (after Heineken) with annual production of 320 million litres. The domestic market comprises fifty-one per cent of total production.
Change of Ownership
On 19 November 2007 the board of Royal Grolsch NV accepted a €816 million offer for the company by SABMiller. The takeover was completed with the delisting of Grolsch's shares on 20 March 2008. The Grolsch brand was subsequently resold to Asahi Group Holdings of Japan in April 2016.