Born in the vibrant heart of San José, the story of Costa Rica’s Imperial Beer unfolds like a well-aged brew, steeped in history and rich in flavor. Back in 1924, the Ortega brothers, a group of visionary entrepreneurs, decided to blend their passion and expertise to create something that would soon become a national treasure. With a dream to craft a beer that resonates with the very soul of Costa Rica, they established Ortega Hermanos y Compañía. This wasn’t just the start of a brewery; it was the birth of a legacy.




Imperial Beer emerged as the fruit of their labor, a golden lager crafted to perfection. It was a beer designed for the tropics – crisp, refreshing, and as light as the Costa Rican breeze. This wasn’t just any beer; it was a concoction that captured the essence of the nation’s climate and its people’s zest for life. The distinctive taste of Imperial quickly made it a favorite, turning it into more than a beverage – it became a symbol of social gatherings, a companion to good times, and a testament to the art of brewing.

What set Imperial apart was not just its flavor but also its emblem – the majestic eagle, a symbol of strength and freedom that resonated deeply with the Costa Rican spirit. This iconic emblem soon became a mark of excellence and quality, helping Imperial soar in popularity and become a source of national pride.

Throughout the years, Imperial’s journey saw various changes, especially in ownership. The brewery that once was a brainchild of the Ortega family now stands under the aegis of Florida Ice & Farm Co., ensuring that the legacy of quality and tradition continues unbroken.

As Imperial celebrates its centennial, it’s more than just a milestone for a brand. It’s a celebration of a journey that mirrors the spirit of Costa Rica – a story of ambition, quality, and the joy of sharing good times. From its humble beginnings to becoming a beloved national icon, Imperial’s century-long story is not just about brewing beer; it’s about brewing memories and being an integral part of Costa Rican life. Here’s to Imperial Beer – a toast to a hundred years of brewing excellence and many more to come. #howlermag #howlermagazine

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