The brewery up to the breakup of Yugoslavia (1980 – 1991)

The brewery up to the breakup of Yugoslavia (1980 – 1991)

The eighties represented a new, dynamic decade that brought considerable technical and technological changes for the brewery. A high demand for Laško beer on the then joint market of Yugoslavia was the starting point to renovate once more and to increase certain production capacities. After moving into a new building in 1982, the brewery modernized its filling lines, the boiler house and the brewing facility, and at the same time it activated the full capacity of the malt house. After 1988, when two new filling lines were installed, the production doubled and in 1990 it sold over 1,000,000 hl of beer. The reputation of the brewery was strengthened in this period by brands like Zlatorog, Zlatorog Club, Thermal Desert and Gren. In 1991, Pivovarna Laško received a huge blow with the dissolution of Yugoslavia, as sales dropped drastically after losing the markets of the former republic.

Laško is a beer with tradition. We have been brewing it for more than 185 years.
In 1889, after the company declared bankruptcy, it was purchased by a brewer from Žalec, Simon Kukec. This nationally conscious Slovenian went down in the Laško brewing history as an excellent organizer, financier and entrepreneur, fond of novelties. He established a new type of beer and the first beer brand - the thermal beer, which still exists today in a slightly different form.