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It started with two friends buying a few breweries in Namibia in 1920,
and over the years grew into one of the largest,
most successful beer producers, not only on the continent, but in the world.
On 20 October 1920, two German businessmen, Hermann Ohlthaver and Carl List, consolidated four breweries (Kronen Brauerei, Omaruru Brewery, Klein Windhoek Brewery and Felsenkeller Brewery) in what was then South-West Africa and formed South West Breweries Limited (SWB).
In 1965 Karl Werner, the son of original founder Carl List, takes full ownership of SWB.
In 1981 the SWB's success forced it to expand its production capacity and construction started on a new state-of-the-art brewery.
In 1990, when Namibia gained independence, South West Breweries Ltd changed its name to Namibia Breweries Ltd (NBL), which is still its name today. The country's independence also played a large role in opening further international markets for the brand.