Boon Rawd BreweryHistory

1929

After sampling a number of imported beers over the years, 57-year-old Phya Bhirom Bhakdi, or “Boon Rawd” Sreshthaputra, became convinced that Thailand could brew a competitive beer of equal quality.

1933


On 4 August, the government officially grants Phya Bhirom Bhakdi his long-coveted license to brew beer. The date is regarded as the official birth of Boon Rawd, and its anniversaries are celebrated on this day.

King Prajadhipok visited the brewery site twice to see the building progress.

1934


Construction is completed in March.

Boon Rawd Company launches the brands Golden Kite and Singha, which sell for 32 satang.

Phya Bhirom Bhakdi’s efforts quickly bear fruit. A year and a half after the opening of Boon Rawd Brewery, 40 percent of the beer consumed in Thailand is brewed in Thailand.

1941


Sixty percent of the country’s beer market belongs to Boon Rawd.

1950


On 23 March, at the age of 78, Phya Bhirom Bhakdi, the man who pioneered Thailand’s first brewery, passes away.

1955


The company increases its capacity for the first time, up from bottling 6,000 litres an hour to 12,000 an hour. This was accomplished when the firm built two additional brewing vessels, bringing its total to four, added more aluminum storage tanks and integrated a new mechanical filler machine.

1959

To satisfy the growing demand for its beer, Boon Rawd Brewery steps up production to 11,000 litres an hour.

1968


Boon Rawd undergoes major expansion. The company’s grounds extend from 3.6 acres to 22.8 acres. New equipment is installed over a two-year period, including larger silos, a new water treatment plant, and a larger cellar for 83 aluminum tanks that each hold 600 hectolitres. New steam boilers, a cool ship (an open vat where liquid ingredients are cooled after boiling) and beer filters are also acquired. A state-of-the-art mechanical filler is the capstone of the modernized production line.

1970

Boon Rawd began exporting Singha Beer.

1972

Boon Rawd has total sales of 30.8 million litres of beer.

1984

Boon Rawd sells more than 151 million litres of beer.

1988

A new automatic filling line, replacing the mechanical one, becomes operational, filling 60,000 bottles an hour.

1989


Boon Rawd begins producing Singha in cans.

1992

New brewery at Patumthani began construction.

1993

Sales soar, hitting 369.6 million litres in 1993.

1995


Construction on the Khon Kaen brewery begins. With a capacity of 2 million hectoliters, it takes nearly two years to complete.On 12 April, a fire leaves the Pathum Thani brewery severely damaged.

1996

Boon Rawd sells a record 619.3 million litres that year, a 21.1 percent increase over the previous year.

1998


In June, Leo beer is launched

2002


The distribution network is revitalized, and within three years, Boon Rawd builds a new network of 12,000 subcontractors or dealers.

2003


To celebrate its 70th year, the company releases Singha 70, a special anniversary beer.

2006


Singha Light, a 3.5 percent alcohol content beer, is launched.

2008


Boon Rawd celebrates its 75th Anniversary

2010


To extend its brand internationally, Singha Corporation becomes the global partner of the Manchester United Football Club, making Singha an official beer of the MUFC and earning the right to have its banner displayed at all home games.

Singha Corporation enters into a global partnership with the Chelsea Football Club.

Singha Corporation becomes the official team partner of the Formula One Red Bull Racing Team and is allowed to prominently display its logo on the nose of its racing cars.

EST 33, a restaurant featuring a microbrewery, opens in Bangkok’s Crystal Design Center.

2013


Boon Rawd celebrates its 80th anniversary.