About Us

Burbrit is Myanmar’s first brewery that creates natural freshly-brewed craft beer, currently available only in small batches.

Using malts from Germany and hops from America, we brew fresh, nutritious, delicious, pure and natural beer that is good for your health and palates.

Since we keep our beer refrigerated at all time, we do not need to use chemicals to preserve it. The only ingredient you will taste in our beer in addition to malt, hop, yeast and water is our passion.

Marrying the traditional method of whole grain brewing with latest German brewing equipment and natural ingredients, our primary remit is to produce consistently good beer for our customers. Cheers!

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Our Story

Would-be founders of Burbrit discovered craft beer in Singapore in late 1990s. After a few years of living Friday evenings on a liquid diet, we thought we should be given shares in the brewpub we were frequenting on a frequent drinker basis. Needless to say we were rudely rejected, leading to the first idea of founding our own microbrewery at several exotic locations such as Phuket, Pattaya and Bali. It was at that time more of fantasy rather than a serious plan.

Some 15 years later with two of the founders moving back to Yangon from Singapore, the idea of pursuing a microbrewery project turned from fantasy in to something remotely possible. After a couple of years of research, with a sketch of what would later become a business plan, founders released that it was very difficult to get a brewing licence in Myanmar. A crazy idea of brewing without a licence was dismissed along the way. Instead, they sent a letter to authorities to ask for permission to brew in the name of craft beer, though they did not expect to hear back.

After no news for several months, we were suddenly summoned by the authorities in latter half of 2015 to be notified that our request was declined. Without taking “No” for an answer, we appealed against the decision in late 2015. To our great surprise and immeasurable delight, the authorities, this time, gave us the permission to actually apply formally for a brewing license.

Our brewing license was eventually issued, almost two years from our initial application, in the middle of 2016. The brewery was set up in North Dagon Industrial zone in the second half of 2016 and our first brew was savored in December 2016 celebrating 500 years anniversary of Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law). We opened the doors of the Tasting Room @ the Brewery to the customers on 20th January 2017.

History

  • The first microbrewed beer in Myanmar – History is made.

  • Tasting Room opened and craft beer distributed.

  • Burbrit Craft Beer available in kegs and bottles in over 30 premium outlets in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Kalaw, Nyaung Shwe, Bagan, Chaung Thar, Myeik, and Kawthaung.

  • Burbrit Craft Beer available in kegs and bottles in over 30 premium outlets in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Inle and Bagan, Kawthaung.

  • Burbrit Craft Beer became available in cans.

Founders

Htin Lin

Director

Htin is one of the founders and the Managing Director of Yangon Craft Brewery Company Limited. Before being involved in the craft beer business, Htin had a track record of founding several successful ventures including clinical diagnostic services, logistic services and distribution business in Myanmar. Htin obtained medical bachelor from Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon, Master in Public Policy from National University of Singapore and Master in Business Administration from INSEAD, France.

Maung Zaw

Director

With engineering background and keen interest in beer, Zaw is a co-founder and currently running the company on day-to-day basis. Prior to brewing brand “Burbrit”, Zaw worked in manufacturing of consumer electronics and F&B business. Zaw obtained Diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.

Win Kyaw

Director

Win started his entrepreneurial career in 1998 soon after graduating from Institute of Medicine 1 in Yangon, Myanmar. Today he is running several businesses including supply and service in the oil and gas industry, trading scientific and analytical instruments and is also involved in broadcasting and pharmaceutical distribution in addition to craft beer business.

Guy Heathers

Director

Dr Guy Heathers has over 30 years of international experience in growing and developing technologies for healthcare companies, specializing in the Life Sciences industry. Guy currently has a number of positions in the biotech industry in Singapore including the Chief Business Officer of Enleofen Bio, the Vice President of Business Development at Tessa Therapeutics, Director of Technology Development at the National Cancer Centre of Singapore and Director of the Singapore Health Services Intellectual Property Office. Previously, Guy also held senior leadership positions at Cancer Therapeutics, Amaranth Medical, Gateway Capital, Biotech Research Ventures, and Cancer Research Ventures. Guy obtained his Ph.D. in cardiovascular research from the University of Bath, UK, completed his post-doctoral research at Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, USA and his M.B.A. at Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey, USA.

Brand Name

Brand Name (Why Burbrit)

It was something else, not Burbrit in the beginning. However, we had to abandon the first brand name when we realised it was already registered with trademark office in Myanmar. A search for a new brand name pursued. We were urged by trademark lawyers to come up with a new name that we can own rather than adopt geographical and animal names that most beer brands use.

Burbrit was the last of several names shortlisted, and, initially was not the most popular among the founders largely because of its novelty. It took us several weeks to get used to the sound of the name.

Burbrit in one sense celebrates the influence of the British in brewing beer in Burma. In another sense, it communicates the founders’ countries of origin. Equally importantly, it rhymes and goes well with our slogan “Brewing Burma’s Best”.

About Us

Vision

  • To be the number one craft beer brand in Myanmar

Mission

  • Brew consistently good craft beer for our customers and partners
  • Make craft beer more accessible in Myanmar
  • Be innovative with new products and flavours
  • Educate customers on craft beer
  • Promote home brewing in Myanmar

Brewing Team

Brewing Team

Truly A Myanmar Team. Truly A Myanmar Brand.