At the end of the 19th century valuable commodities such as beer were imported from Europe. The beer brewed for the colder European climate was found to be unsuitable for the hot climate in Namibia. This led to the establishment of four local breweries in 1904 namely; Kronen Brauerei (Swakopmund), Omaruru Brewery, Klein Windhoek Brewery and Felsenkeller Brewery (Windhoek).
On 29 October 1920 the four breweries were acquired by Messrs Carl List and Hermann Ohlthaver who consolidated them to form The South West Breweries Limited .
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