Our story

It was a snowy November night in 1873, when influential merchants and leaders in Tornio gathered at Mayor Karl Johan Boström’s residence. The purpose of the meeting was beer. The North lacked a brewery of their own, even though the fields yielded nutritious barley and the cleanest water in the nation ran straight from the fjelds in the rapids.

That’s when Tornion Panimo, Tornio Brewery, was founded, and its story is without parallel. At the age of 90, the brewery created the beer that would become Finland’s most known and successful of all time, even internationally. The years to follow were marked by enormous growth, and the name of the brewery was changed into Lapin Kulta (‘Lappish Gold’). 

135 years after it was founded, the historic brewery fell into the ownership of an international giant, which transferred the production into the south. The counterreaction of the Finns was furious, but at the same time, the seed for a new beginning was sown.

Tornion Panimo, in operation since the tsarist times, is the paragon of Lappish perseverance. The success of this legendary brewery was brought about through the innovativeness and persistence of a northern tribe. The brewery has endured prohibition, world wars, and the global blow meant to be deadly, but the decision made on that snowy November night hasn’t been broken.

We at Tornion Panimo make a bow to our long traditions and bare our behind to global giants. Here we still are, and there’s nothing you can do about it!

Tornion Panimo has returned to its roots and continues its story, begun in the same place 140 years ago, as an artisanal brewery on a bank of the Tornio River that gathers up the arctic waters of the Lapland fjelds, at the border of the country.

Dear friends, let’s rejoice over being able to drink traditional Lappish beer again. It has been brewed under the Northern lights.