In an epic Goliath-takes-on-David struggle, Anheuser-Busch valiantly defeated a company a mere 6,000 times smaller than it. Tel: 0367 - 532407, 532469, 532511 Fax: 0367 - 532183 Email: [email protected]: 1551 Annual production: 109,000 hl. One of the best Czech beers I've drunk for years and one that can stand up to the best in the world. (2004) Still publicly owned to stop it falling into the hands of Anheuser-Busch who have been arguing with the Czechs about the Budweiser name since time immemorial. A bit home-brewy, but will probably get knocked into shape with pratice. Tel: 038 - 0711426 Fax: 038 - 0711225 Email: [email protected], [email protected]: 1570 Annual production: 61,000 hl (2001), 47,000 hl (2002), 39,000 hl (2003), 45,565 hl (2004) Brewpub and hotel in a building which was used for brewing as far back as 1662. Beautiful, unfiltered dark beer with very complex flavours. The idiots who run the pub have managed to almost totally ruin it, but the beer is still magnificent.
Belgian brewery Dubuisson have been bullied out of their name "Bush", which they had only been using for 70-odd years.. Tel: 420 301 - 722511 Fax: 420 301 - 726125 Email: [email protected]: 1897 Annual production: 233,712 hl (1992), 125,000 hl. (2002), 123,053 hl (2003), 127,700 hl (2004) Pale lager - lek. 7-10 days primary fermentation, 30 days lagering, 7 days fermenting in the bottle. I like the cheeky way they've called their new strong beer "Bud" - the name A-B normally use in countries where they've (deservedly) lost the trademark battle. Has a good hop finish, now rare in more commercial Czech beers. I suspect there was then around a 300 year gap, before this lot started up. Has, if anything, improved since the brewery renovation in the mid-1980's. The only beer is a dark, strong lager that is one of the best in the world.
Tel: 420 38 - 770 8210, 670 8201,670 8217 Fax: 420 38 - 635 3677 Email: [email protected]: 1795 Annual production: 420,652 hl.
(1997) 210,000 hl (2003), 198,000 hl (2004) Pale lager - vepn. In 1894 it's official name was "Die Budweiser Bruberechtigten - Brgerliches Bruhaus - Gegrndet 1795 - Budweis /Budjovit prvovrenci - M칻ansk pivovar - zaloen 1795 - Budjovice". In 1882 it registered the name "�Budweiser Export-Lager-Bier" and in 1899 the name "Budweiser Brgerbru".
Now why can't A-B give their beer an honest name, like St. (2002), 141,000 hl (2003, export 8,783 hl), 144,000 hl (2004, export 9,538 hl) Dark lager - speciln. A wonderfully rich and malty beer, which is big and bold in a quite un-lagery way.Big and chewy, packed with dark malt and fruit flavours. Independent brewery whose biggest shareholder is the town of Nchod.Very appropriate, as it started life as a citizen's brewery: that is a communal operation for those in the town with brewing rights.Owned and run by Adolf Zeman, who qualified as a brewer in Prague and subsequently worked all over the world.His family had run a brewery in Medleice before WW II. Opening times: Tue-Thu -, Fri-Sat -, Sun - Lidick 458/51, 37054 esk Budjovice,. How happy the Czechs must be to have the chance to drink this fine brew. It's extremely annoying how they brew anything here except the brewery's own classic Brank 12 dark. I'm not sure what makes it particularly christmasy. Tel: 0397 - 732111 Fax: 0397 - 732150 Email: [email protected]@Homepage: Founded: 1952 Annual production: A small trial brewery run by the Czech Hop Institute. Personally, I've never seen a brewery copper put to better use. In the 1970's it brewed around 300,000 hl, until its closure in 1977. Due to close in the first quarter of 2007 when production will be transferred to the Staropramen site. A good, old-fashioned Czech beer with plenty of hops. Postiiny - the 1980's film based on Bohumil Hrabal's childhood - was filmed in this brewery, though where he actually grew up was Pivovar Nymburk.One of the first Czech breweries to ruin their beers by switching to conical fermenters and top pressure. The old 12 lek was one of the classic Czech pale lagers. Near black colour with a dense tan head; roast, caramel and liquorice aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with roast, liquorice, cream, resin and pepper aromas; bitter finish with black chocolate, liquorice, cream, resin and pepper aromas. Tel: 068 - 5493111 Fax: 068 - 5441365 Email: [email protected]: Founded: 1893 Annual production: 340,000 hl.(1994), 214,000 hl (2002), 235,000 hl (2004) Independent brewery. In 1996 became part of Moravskoslezsk pivovary Perov a.s.,which was renamed PMS a.s. The beers called "P-pivo" are brewed with something called "Bio Control Systm". Reading the brewer's description of it left me none the wiser (and not just because of my dodgy Czech language skills).It has everything - loads of dark malt flavours and spicy hops. Here's the brewery's production over time: Vysok Chlumec, 262 52 Vysok Chlumec.Drinks Union : 800,000 hl (2002 export: 99,500 hl), 708,000 hl (2003 export: 180,000 hl) Has 4 breweries -Velk Bezno, Krsn Bezno, Louny and Kutna Hora.The major shareholders are "Pivovary a sodovkrny Brno" and "steck pivovary". Tel: 0313 - 569111, 564431-5 Fax: 0313 - 564426 Email: [email protected]: 1581 Annual production: 700,000 hl.(2002), 675,061 hl (2003), 690,386 hl (2004) Owned by Binding (now part of the Radeberger-Gruppe) between 1994 and June 2007, when it was purchased by by Heineken. The group also runs Pivovar Holba and Pivovar Zubr.