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The history of BANKS beer includes in iconic SCOTSMAN!
BANKS is the legendary Caribbean Beer brewed under sunshine and blue skies and celebrated across the region. In crafting this fine pilsner style lager, we use only the finest ingredients including malted Barley, Galena and Styrian Goldings aroma hops and craft brewed using only pure coral stone filtered Barbadian Water.
Banks Beer is only bottled in its distinctive brown returnable glass bottle which protects the beer from being tainted by sunlight which is often the case with green or clear flint bottles.
It is a measure of how much this fine beer is treasured in its home territory that it has consistently been the number one beer of choice among locals and visitors alike in Barbados for the last 50 years.
A Proud History
The storied history of one of this island’s most beloved and iconic brands began onSeptember 6, 1961, as Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited opened its doors in Wildey, St. Michael and commenced production of Banks Beer, Barbados’ premium lager, and later, other indigenous brands such as PLUS, Tiger Malt, Canon Stoute, Coconut Cooler, Fruesta, and TWIST Shandy, just to name a few.
The Brewery is also the local bottler and distributor of Guinness, and has been recognised by the world renowned brand for its maintenance of the highest level of quality and international standards.
Founded by Peter Stanislaus D’Aguiar, a Guyanese businessman with vast experience in the bottling industry, Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited owes its existence to the over 3,000 Barbadians (shopkeepers, small investors, vendors, and persons of all walks of life) who in 1959, lent their financial support to the company by purchasing over 1.5 million shares, providing the brewery with the capital injection necessary to fuel its growth and development into one of Barbados most successful manufacturing companies today.
Scottish Brew Master
In 1961, Scotsman Ian Clark joined the brewery as head brewer and manager and quickly propelled the infant manufacturing plant into a thriving operation while rising through the ranks as technical director and general manager. Among his many achievements, the award-winning brewmaster is credited with the development of the ever popular, PLUS Energy drink. By 1968, the firm was exporting its beers to neighbouring Caribbean islands, St Vincent and Dominica.
Banks Beer received the first of many international awards in, a Diploma of Excellence at the Lager Beer Competition in England. Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited acquired the right of perpetual use of the “Banks” name throughout the English-speaking Caribbean from its former parent brewery in Guyana. This facilitated the entry of locally produced products throughout CARICOM.
In 1981, Banks Beer production exceeded one million crates for the first time.
In 1989, The brewery undertook an $11 million replacement of its bottling plant, resulting in increased efficiency and production capacity. And in 1992, the completed construction of Banks Beer’s state-of- the-art brewery at Newton in Christ Church, the most modern brewing facility in the Caribbean. An effort to increase production capacity, and take advantage of additional export opportunities.
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited won four Gold Medals at theMonde Selection Award in Brussels.
Rebrand and Export
The decision was taken to revamp the company’s 30-year old label and packaging, leading to the unveiling of a new-look Banks bottle complete with an award-winning, new “B” sail emblem. This facilitated the entry of Banks Beer into Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, although it would have to be called “Bajan Beer” for export, due to Banks DIH in Guyana retention of exclusive rights to the “Banks” name outside of the Caribbean