Our history begins in 1906, the enterprise of our bold entrepreneur, José Mª Rivera Corral, who, having returned to Spain from America, founded the “Estrella de Galicia” factory, engaged in the making of ice and beer, considered an exotic business back then.
In the 20s, the mechanisation and modernization of the factory start under the leadership of Ramón Rivera, son of the founder, who had completed his studies in Commercial Science in Hamburg. He was one of the first Spaniards to get a Master Brewer Diploma.
In the 50s, Estrella Galicia starts a restructuring process whereby production is automated, creating a product with its own distinct personality.
Beer consumption soars and Estrella Galicia production in the 70s hits 10 million litres.
With demand on the rise, a bigger factory becomes a necessity. In 1972, the first beers are brewed in the current factory.
Estrella Galicia Brazil is founded.
With the production of more than 200 million litres per year, the Company is firmly established in the Spanish market and is growing rapidly in countries such as Australia, China, US, Brazil and the UK, among others. In 2013, we expand our facilities in A Coruna, aiming to produce 250 million litres. Premium quality, beer tradition and innovation best communicate the history of the Hijos de Rivera group and we bring these same values to the British consumer. Estrella Galicia launched in the UK, Europe’s fourth largest beer marker, as an alternative yet premium Spanish beer and quickly gained listings in the on-trade for both the draught and bottle offering. Successes were first seen in numerous popular Spanish restaurants nationwide before a move into premium bars, traditional pubs and other higher end restaurants.
The brand enjoyed its first major retail listings in the UK with both Marks and Spencer and Waitrose.
The growth continued with the support of the brand’s first consumer marketing activities in the UK. This included the launch of Little Galicia, aimed at bringing a little bit of Galicia to the UK consumer, as well as the first ever Son Estrella Galicia music event in London. Estrella Galicia has become a firm favourite within the industry with consumers now seeking out its great taste. The milestone of 1million litres of beer sold in the UK was achieved in 2015 taking Estrella Galicia to the next stage of its international journey.