Czech beer easy to drink
The Czech beer ranks among the best beers in the world. But why? The Czech beer is very easy to drink! European Research Institute of Brewing and Malting, as well as a Japanese research institute confirmed it. They made a serious research on rats. The research was based on serving rats diferent kinds of beer and water. They were many times served same samples of beer and water and watched how they liked it. The result was obvious. They always drunk out the Czech beer first. Next they started to drink water and finally they finished the other beers. Tha rats understood perfectly the difference pointed by the scientists and gave us the explanation why Czechs have the highest consumption of beer in the world with average of 160 litres a year per person (which is between 14 and 15 litres a month).
The most famous Czech breweries
It is no doubt that The Czech Republic is a home of beer and brewing has a long tradition here. Bohemia is the birtplace of the Pilsner style, bottom-fermented lager the Czech are so proud of.
The most famous breweries are the Pilsner Urquell Brewery that has been brewing the Pilsner style beer in Pilsen town since 1842.
Another one, in the city of Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), is a birthplace of the legendary Budweiser. Finally the brewing tradition in Prague is represented by the Staropramen Brewery. But beer industry is not represented only by big industrial breweries. Since 1991 micro and mini breweries have been reopened again.
The history of Czech beer and breweries
The first recorded mention of Slav beer originates from the year 449, the first mention of Czech beer follows after the year 859 A.D. This was initially brewed at home, with the production confined to the Czech country, and was intended only for its own consumption. At the end of the 10th century the first small brewery cooperatives began producing beer. In 993, the Břevnov monastery became the first Czech brewery, followed by Opatovice in 1073 and Vysehrad in 1088.
In the 11th century the export of beer began and beer has become very desirable and profitable goods. This is followed by the first legislation associated with the production and sale of beer. One of the most important documents was called Saint Wenceslas Contract that determined who can produce beer and ended years of disputes between the nobility and the burghers.
Thanks to appropriate climatical conditions hop-growing expanded to areas around the oldest royal towns such as Rakovnik, Louny, Klatovy and especially Zatec regions which is considered to be the home of the beer for more than 700 years. The royal city of Zatec (Sazz) has always been connected with the product that made the whole region so famous – Saaz hops. Saaz hops are a phenomenon which is known for their high quality and specific character.
The most famous Czech and foreign beer brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser Budvar, Stella Artois, Krusovice and many others could not exist without it.
In the 18th century there has been a fundamental change in technology and manufacturing processes, mainly thanks to the legendary brewer František Ondřej Poupě. Also important legislative changes that allowed the establishment of new breweries were adopted. The golden era of the Czech brewing industry had begun, and was interrupted only by the II. World War and then communism. Since 1950s breweries had started disappearing from the Czech landscape one by one. In two decades only one microbrewery in all Czechoslovakia survived. Since 1989 faded glory is gradually restored, many microbreweries are established and prewar ones are restored and range offer of beers is enlarging (e.g. various interesting and very good quality beer specialties originate) and builds on the best of Czech brewing history and tradition. During 1990s some 150 microbreweries have been built and every year their number is skyrocketing. Nowadays the number of microbreweries reached 400.
Rising popularity of microbreweries
It is not by a chance that our country including Prague is filled with microbreweries worth visiting. Their goal is not to produce the most of the beer, but show procedures and equipment no longer in use today. Once again we can experience hand-crafted beers and beers specials brewed like before. We would like to offer you the best from our portfolios including true life beers, manufactured from only natural raw ingrediences, not filtered or pasteurized with high content of minerals, antioxydants and B vitamins.
You have an opportunity to learn about brewing technology during our tours through the breweries and unveil their secrets! We believe you will have a chance to discover the world of beer diversity, the taste experiences and the fantasy of our brewmasters.