Lion Beers

Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC is home to the legendary Lion Beer. Birthed and conceptualized on traditional brewing recipes and techniques since 1860, today,

Lion Beer has etched an illustrious path to become Sri Lanka’s benchmarked leader in the market. Infusing world class best practices, innovation, state of the art technology and a knowledge pool that remains beyond comparison, Lion Beer reflects a true

Sri Lankan Brand constructed on a global platform of excellence.

Lion Beers are brewed using the finest quality ingredients and have won countless awards for the quality of it’s products including Monde Selection, World Beer Awards and the New York International Beer Competition.

History of Lion

Promoted widely under the brand logo of a stag head seven decades later, Ceylon Brewery became a subsidiary of diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate Carson Cumberbatch.

It was in the 1940s, that the company expanded its product portfolio, introducing Lion Lager, Pale Ale, Sinha Pilsner and Stout and twenty years later, to mark the Jubilee Annual General Meeting, the award winning Jubilee Ale was launched into the market. Having been honoured with a gold medal at the Monde Selection and gaining second place at the Brewers and Allied Exhibition in London, Jubilee Ale’s secret to success was its added strength. Commemorating HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Sri Lankan in 1982, the company introduced Royal Pilsner, which later replaced Lion and Sinha Pilsner. Skol Pilsner spearheaded the complete brand change to Lion Beers, for the entire portfolio of brands coming under Ceylon Brewery.

With continuous improvement and innovation being the hallmark of the company, by 1992, the company was licensed to brew and market Carlsberg in Sri Lanka, while acquiring 8% stake in the Company, with Guinness following suit a few years later in 1995.


  • BEER TYPE Lager

Undoubtedly the best selling among our mild beers, Lion Lager has a 4.8% alcohol volume and is credited as a great thirst quencher. Golden roasted malt in colour with a hint of fruit and caramel flavouring, it is very slightly sweet with less hop notes. The attractive labeling is in sophisticated black and gold, showcasing our strong but watchful golden lion as the king of the savannah, symbolising visionary leadership and power.


  • BEER TYPE Stout

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.

Today, the Lion Brewery Ceylon Limited is located just outside the capital Colombo. It is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that enable it to fulfil the increasing demand and export beer to new and current export markets, such as England, Japan and Australia.
Lion Brewery is the market leader with a share of 82%. All seven brands in its portfolio – Lion Lager, Carlsberg, Carlsberg Special Brew, Lion Stout, Strong Beer, Corona & Some.

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