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  • 1864

    FOUNDATION OF THE BREWERY
    • The children of one of the richest citizens in Kranj, Johann Kosler, inherit a large property.
    • Johann Jr., Peter, Josef and Maria decide to found a brewery.
    • The location for building a brewery is decided: Spodnja Šiška, with an excellent source of water and a railway connection.  
  • 1867

    START OF PRODUCTION
    • Completion of the brewery in January.
    • Approval of the craft permit on February 7.
    • On February 9, the brewery was entered into the Commerce Register under the name Bratje Kosler – proizvodnja piva in alkoholnih pijač (”Gebrüder Kosler – Bier und Spirituosenerzeugung”) – The Kosler Brothers – production of beer and alcoholic beverages.

     

  • 1909

    FOUNDATION OF THE SHAREHOLDING BREWERY
    • The Koslers decide to restructure into a shareholding company in cooperation with the Austrian
      Credit Institute for Commerce and Industry in Ljubljana and the Graz Breweries Göss, Puntingam and Reininghaus.
    • Name of the new company: Delniška družba pivovarne Union (Union Shareholding Brewery).
    • Shareholding principal: a million crowns
    • Kosler’s share in the new shareholding company: 40%.
    • The shareholding company incorporated the Ljubljana-based Auer and Perless Breweries, followed by a simultaneous cessation of production in both of them. 
    • Number of employees in the newly established Union Shareholding Brewery: 242.
  • 1911

    INCORPORATION OF OTHER BREWERIES
    • Incorporation of the Ferles Brewery in Kočevje, the Šmid Brewery in Škofja Loka, the Mayr Brewery in Kranj and Zimmerman in Lesce, the Julius Stare Brewery in Mengeš and the Fröhlich Brewery in Vrhnika.
  • 1923

    PRODUCTION OF YEAST AND METHYLATED SPIRITS
    • Construction of the baker’s yeast factory, with a capacity of 1,800 tons a year, as well as factories for methylated spirits, with a capacity of 2,100 hl a year.
    • Construction of the new brewing pot.
    • Renovation and elevation of the water tower.
    • Installation of the first automatic filling machine, with a capacity of 2,000 bottles per hour.
    • Launching the new pneumatic malting plant, with a capacity of 300 wagons of malt a year.
  • 1926

    MONOPOLY OF THE UNION SHAREHOLDING BREWERY
    • Termination of production in the former Laško shareholding breweries, preceded by its take-over by the Union Brewery two years before.  
    • Incorporation of the Thomas Götz Brewery in Maribor.
    • The Union Shareholding Brewery is the only industrial brewery in the territory that today is occupied by modern Slovenia.
  • 1941

    THE SECOND WORLD WAR
    • The brewery gives shelter to Yugoslavian soldiers during the days preceding the war.
    • Following the capitulation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, solders leave their weapons in the brewery, and are then hidden by workers in the underground passageways (the so-called catacombs).
    • The brewery’s position worsens as a consequence of the lack of raw materials and the loss of its sales market.
  • 1946

    NATIONALIZATION OF THE BREWERY
    • Nationalization of the former Union Shareholding Brewery by a decree of December 5. 
  • 1947

    RANAMING OF THE BREWERY
    • New name of the brewery: PIVOVARNA UNION (THE UNION BREWERY).
  • 1960

    A DIVERSE BEER RANGE
    • Diversification of the product range: pale lagers, Triglav, Jadran and Vesna (12%), the  Ležak pale lager (14%) and the Bok stout beer (16%).
    • Increase in beer production to 147,618 hl.
  • 1968

    MODERNIZATION OF THE BREWERY
    • Construction of the new filling plant (Filling plant 1), with a new filling line with a capacity of 36,000 bottles per hour.
    • Launching the new storage plant, with a capacity of storing 40 thousand hectoliters of beer at one time.
    • Import of cooling devices with special turbine compressors from Italy. 
    • Installation of the new pasteurizer, ever since then all Union beers undergo a pasteurization process. 
    • Setting up the new central power unit in the engine room. 
  • 1971

    NEW PACKAGING
    • Introduction of EURO bottles.
    • Introduction of EURO yellow plastic cases, which replace the yellow plastic cases introduced in 1967.
    • Setting up the new filling line with a capacity of 40,000 bottles per hour.
  • 1976

    NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING
    • Delocalization of the Union Brewery administration from the old building in Celovška street to the newly built building in the former Medvedova (today Pivovarniška – Beer brewing) Street.
  • 1978

    NEW FILLING PLANT
    • Construction of the new filling plant (Filling Plant 2) with a new filling line with a capacity of 80,000 bottles per hour.
    • Setting up new filtration stations with automatic sterilization. 
    • Termination of malt production.
  • 1982

    NEW BREWING AND STORAGE PLANT
    • Abandonment of old-fashioned alcoholic fermentation in open vessels.
    • Introduction of a closed fermentation system with fermenters.
    • Fermenter height 21.6 m, diameter 5 m, weight 25 tons and volume 3,560 hl.
  • 1986

    BREWERY MUSEUM
    • Renovation of the abandoned malting plant.
    • Setting up the Brewery Museum on the third floor of the renovated building. 
  • 1988

    RENEWED BREWING PLANT
    • Completion of the new and computer-run brewing plant. 
    • Increasing capacity to a million hl of beer a year.
  • 1990

    NEW INCORPORATION
    • Incorporation of the Istrian Brewery from Buzet.
  • 1991

    TRANSFORMATION INTO A SHAREHOLDING COMPANY
    • It was decided to restructure the company into a shareholding company. 
    • New name of the company: Pivovarna Union, delniška družba. (The Union Brewery, plc.)
  • 1993

    SOFT DRINKS
    • Setting up a filling line for filling beer in cans. 
    • Initiation of the production of soft drinks. 
    • New trademark: SOLA.
  • 1995

    INTRODUCTION OF NRW PACKAGING
    • Replacement of EURO half-liter bottles with NRW bottles. 
    • Replacement of EURO cases with NRW cases.
    • Setting up the new filling line, with a capacity of 60,000 bottles per hour.
    • Renovation of the administrative building.
  • 1998

    RACK STORAGE AND FILLING PLANT
    • Construction of new rack storage with a capacity of 10,500 palettes.
    • Construction of the new filling plant (Filling Plant 3) with new lines for filling cans, balloon containers (ZALA spring water) and bottles and with an aseptic line for soft drinks.
  • 2000

    INCORPORATION OF THE FRUCTAL D. D. COMPANY
    • Incorporation of Ajdovščina’s Fructal d. d. company.
    • Abandonment of yeast production.
    • Reorganization of the yeast plant into a discount store.
  • 2001

    “THE BEER WAR” STARTS
    • The Laško Brewery buys 24.9% of Union Brewery’s stocks.
    • ”The beer war” over the Union Brewery on its peak between the Belgian Interbrew Brewery and the Laško Brewery.
  • 2004

    SPECIAL EDITION OF 1864 BEER
    • A special edition of the 1864 beer on the occasion of the brewery’s hundredth anniversary.
  • 2005

    END OF »THE BEER WAR«
    • “The beer war” ends, the Laško Brewery becomes a majority shareholder (95.173% of stocks) of the Union Brewery.
  • 2008

    INNOVATION OF THE UNION TRADEMARK
    • Redesign of the Union beer trademark identity.
    • Replacement of NRW half-liter bottles with LN bottles.
    • Replacement of NRW yellow plastic cases by 20 half-liter bottles with red cases.
  • 2009

    145th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BREWERY’S EXISTENCE
    • 100th anniversary of the Union trademark. 
  • 2012

    ENVIROMENTAL FRIENDLY BOTTLES AND NEW NON-ALCOHOLIC RADLER
    • Plastic bottles are supplemented by 20% of recycled materials from processed packaging, therefore becoming more nature-friendly.
    • Launch of the production and filling of the non-alcoholic Radler bottles with a citrus-elder flavor. 
  • 2014

    RENOVATION OF UNION BRANDS
    • Innovation of the Union trademark.
    • Innovation of the Union non-alcoholic Radler trademark. 
    • 150th anniversary of the Union Brewery’s existence. 
    • 105th anniversary of the Union trademark. 
    • Special issue of Nepozabni 4 (The Unforgettable 4): Union Triglav, Union Amber, Union Ležak and Union Bok.
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