1886 - DE LO ARTESANAL A LO INDUSTRIAL
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. came into existence in 1886, out of the initiative and dedication of founding brothers, Mariano and Rafael Castillo Córdova. In the early years, the company’s operations were located on 5a avenida and 12 calle, where the Herrera building can be found today. After that, it moved its offices to 4a avenida and 19 calle, to an area locally known as El Botellón, then, due to lack of space, they moved once again to 7a avenida No. 46, between 13 and 14 calles in zone 1, where they would remain until their final move to the piece of land known as Finca El Zapote (El Zapote farm). During this period, the Castillo Córdova brothers made important investments with the purpose of industrializing the beer making process. Gradually, they would modernize the process with the aim of converting a small-scale artisanal art into a formal industry, by insisting on proving the purity and quality of their products. To this end, on March 6, 1899, they requested that the Laboratorio de la Casa Nacional de Moneda, (National Mint Laboratory), a dependency of the Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito, (previous equivalent to the Department of the Treasury), carry out a chemical analysis of their beers. The outcome of the analysis turned out to be outstanding, a quality that the company has maintained to this day.
In 1885, the Supreme Government of the time grants the company permission to industrially produce beer. That same year, the first master brewers arrive from Germany. Three years later, Finca El Zapote is acquired and construction of its new facilities began on July 6, 1889, meeting all of the beer industry’s technical requirements of the time. It is in 1896 that Cervecería Centro Americana launches unto the market what would henceforth become its leading product, Gallo beer. Construction on the emblematic entry portico takes place from the end of the nineteenth century through early years of the twentieth century. In recent years it has been declared a National Cultural Heritage.