Our Story

In 1993, MetaCorp entered into a partnership with Brewtech, a brewing engineering subsidiary of M.P. Farm, to establish a high-tech brewery on the island of Aruba. The first product launched by the brewery in October 1999, Balashi Pilsner Beer, took the market by storm. Balashi Beer was unique to Aruba, made with the island’s pristine desalinated water, malt imported from Scotland, and hops from Germany. The bottles were returnable, which highlighted the company’s leadership in the field of environmental sustainability.

In 2001, MetaCorp purchased all shares in Balashi from M.P. Farm to strategically combine Tropical Bottling Company and Balashi Brewery operations at the same plant. Additionally that same year, the brewery launched another product, Malta Balashi, an energy-based, non-alcoholic beverage.

In 2011, Chill was introduced to the market as a refreshing summertime beach brew with a unique formula and flavor profile. The immediate demand was so high that the company decided to add Chill to its core portfolio.

In 2019 Balashi Brewery celebrated its 20th anniversary, launching a limited brew, B Sixty 2, to mark the occasion. In 2020, Aruba’s first flavored craft brew, Magic Mango, was developed by a local female brew master and introduced to the market. Respecting Covid restrictions and protocols during this time, the brewery was not able to hold any formal launch or promotional events, relying on customer feedback and word-of-mouth once the product hit shelves.  Magic Mango was an immediate success out of the gate, with overwhelming response and embraced wholeheartedly in the market.

Tropical Bottling and Balashi Brewery are certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the categories of quality, environment, safety, and food safety.