Lubicz Brewery History & Heritage
Over 170 years of tradition
The history of our Brewery originates from 1840, when the Swiss brew master Rudolf Jenni founded the brewery in urban land at the time called Wesola. From 1857 the brewery produced 15 thousand buckets of beer per year, this is about 850 thousand liters. From 1879 a brewery was operated by the founders’ grandchildren Rudolf, Alfred and Hugo, John’s sons - called "Johns Sons Brewery". Efficient and nurturing management allowed its products to flourish winning awards at many agro - industrial exhibitions in Galicia. During the nineteenth century Cracow beer was considered the best of Galician beers.
In 1880, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I, visited Cracow. In honor of the Monarch’s visit, the brewery building was festively decorated. The Contemporary Chronicler wrote: "John’s brewery was beautifully decorated. A large banner with the imperial figure was placed above the entrance gate. Just below the coat of arms of Poland and Russia, flags waved with the emblem of Poland, and the emblem Cracow City and in the center was placed a huge banner of the Empire. In the courtyard a pyramid of barrels were setup and decorated with hops. 40 meters high chimneys were decorated with wreaths, with flags fluttered down and a projector shining with a red light was placed. At the time of His Majesty arrival white sparkling fireworks were burning. His Majesty made mention of the extraordinarily wonderful lighting. The visit of Franz Joseph in Cracow was so impressive it was remembered publicly even a year later.