In Moldavia, historical documents from 1402 talk about the beer produced in the „șladnițele” and „povernele” under the administration of the monastic settlements
A deed of the ruler Alexandru loan Mavrocordat, dated 1786, speaks about the existence of a „brewery factory” in lași, where three varieties of beer „di rând, îndoită și di Bavaria” (“usual, halved and from Bavaria”) were made.
The history of the ZIMBRU Brewery begins in 1845, when the German Johan Zweck requested the approval of the local authorities for the opening of a brewery to produce „beers of the same and a special quality, such as those from the German states, the famous Bavarian beer”.
The factory founded by Zweck was to know the period of the most important investments for modernization of equipment and technology during the period when it was owned by Nicu Stan, when it also took the name “Zimbru” (aurochs). Thus, a beer of great quality was obtained, being recognized by both specialists and journalists of the time: „Zimbru beer cannot be distinguished from Pilsen beer”. In fact, due to its quality, the beer produced here is exported to Turkey, Russia, France and even Austria.
In spite of the difficulties encountered because of the economic crisis of these years and the war period, the beer was produced and consumed, the production capacities were strengthened, equipment was imported and technologies were perfected, the beer from Iași being a product highly respected and sought after.
With the increase of the Iași population and of the beer consumption, the only factory in Păcurari could not meet the demands anymore, thus requiring to build a factory of a much larger capacity. Therefore, the current Zimbru Brewery was founded, the construction of which started in 1973.
In 1991, the Zimbru brewery became a joint-stock company and in 1992 it was privatized.
In 1993, the Onesti Brewery was put into operation.
Massive investments begin in the new brewery from Onești. The number one objective of the company is the permanent modernization of the technological lines in order to increase the quality of the final product.
We constantly invest, on all production lines, in the refurbishment of the factory with equipment that ensures the highest standards of beer production, thus obtaining a wide range of high quality products. Through refurbishment, we have reduced energy consumption and losses, all of which have a positive impact on the environment. The priority for us is the safety of employees at work, their professional training and also the employment and training of young people.
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