Heritage
South Africa's top brewer.
Our portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers.

Heritage

The South African Breweries (SAB) is part of the AB-InBev family. Founded in 1895, SAB is South Africa’s top brewer and leading distributor of beer. For more than 120 years SAB has been an integral thread in the social fabric of our country and continues to play a crucial role in the national economy.

The company operates seven breweries and 40 depots in South Africa with an annual brewing capacity of 3.1 billion litres. Its portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers and includes some of the country’s most popular beer brands namely Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsener, Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout.

SAB also owns a hop production company, The South African Breweries Hop Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley farming company, The South African Breweries Barley Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley malting company, The South African Breweries Maltings (Pty) Ltd; and a 60% share of the metal crown manufacturer, Coleus Packaging (Pty) Ltd. As South Africa’s leading brewer, SAB is committed to promoting responsible alcohol consumption – both inside and outside the company. As a subsidiary of AB InBev, it subscribes to the Group’s Alcohol Framework and has a comprehensive Code of Commercial Communication in place. SAB also actively seeks to encourage collaboration across the areas of education, access to information, law enforcement and parental involvement to encourage responsible alcohol behaviour.

Having adopted its first equity policy as early as 1971, SAB has been a pioneer for change in South Africa. In 2009, SAB tabled its trailblazing broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, SAB Zenzele. Through its various corporate social responsibility programmes, SAB actively invests in community partnerships and works tirelessly at socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives to build a stronger South Africa.

Find out more about the SAB history and track the milestones that have contributed to our success today.