The Kopparberg Story

History Timeline

Cider is a way of life in Sweden. Tucked away in the Swedish countryside, in the small town of Kopparberg, you’ll find a little Bryggeri (Brewery). Built in 1882 by local brewers, the Kopparberg Bryggeri remains independent and family owned to this day.


Kopparberg_streamThe founders of the town of Kopparberg were originally drawn for its copper and gold reserves, however bubbling beneath the town was the unique, precious, low mineral soft water that turned around this little town’s fortune and put Kopparberg on the map! The same and only soft water we use to make Kopparberg today. It’s always been that way, And it will always be that way, and that’s what makes it so special.

Every bottle is made and exported from the original Bryggeri by the people who work and live in the town of Kopparberg. 36 regional brewers founded the Bryggeri in 1882, and the brewery still stands on the original site where it was built over 130 years ago. Many generations of local families have worked for Kopparberg Brewery and to this day it remains the main employer for the town’s 4,000 people.


Kopparberg is a small charming town in the Swedish countryside located two hours and 150 miles from Stockholm, and yet a million miles from anywhere else like it!


Kopparberg_barnThe name Kopparberg directly translates as ‘Copper Mountain’ in English. The towns many traditional red houses are painted with Falun Rödfärg, a colour made from copper pigment. In retrospect, it was the local water that turned out to be the main source of wealth, and while the Bryggeri stands on the original site, the mining has long gone.


Kopparberg Brewery was re-established in 1994, when Peter Bronsman and his brother Dan-Anders Brosnman bought the old brewery in the town of Kopparberg, Sweden. Kopparberg is now sold in more than 30 countries and is the world’s best-selling pear cider. Kopparberg is listed on the NGM Nordic MTF.

1993 — 1994
The re-establishment
A local newspaper told the story about an empty little brewery. It caught the eye of Peter Bronsman as he sat in his Gothenburg office. The article fuelled Peter and his brother Dan-Anders’ lifelong ambition to own and run a national champion brewery, so they bought it and hired 12 local people to get things started.

The Fire
Everything boded well for Kopparberg. However, disaster then struck when most of the brewery burnt down in a massive fire in 1995. The day after the fire, the board of the company sat down and came to the conclusion that the setback would not knock them out of the market, but make them stronger. Instead of closing down they decided that this was when Kopparberg would really start its business.

Sweet, sweet Cider
One of first actions was to brush off the brewery’s sweet cider recipe and reintroduce it to the Swedish people. This resulted in a major push for cider’s popularity all over the country, and a turnover of approximately $ 13 500 000 this year.

First Export
Kopparberg sells its first batch of stock outside of the Swedish borders, as Greece (a Swedish tourist paradise) becomes the brewery’s first export market.

Today’s version of Kopparberg Brewery is a modern facility with the ultimate conditions for happy coworkers and of course; the making of our precious cider. The plant is fully BRC-certified for the production and filling of cider, beer, soda and table water.  The latest brewery expansion has just been finished which means we have, yet again, matched our capacity to the ever-growing global demand.