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From the cellar: Herold Czech Black Lager / Tmavé speciální pivo

Herold Tmavé speciální pivo

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Březnice, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website: First published: 5 February 2001

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit.

Herold, likely one of the world’s oldest breweries, […]

Budějovický Budvar kroužkovaný ležák 12° and kroužkovaný tmavý ležák

Top Tastings 2012 (Kroužkovaný ležák 12°)

ABV: 5% and 4.7% Origin: České Budějovice, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Budějovický Budvar kroužkovaný ležák 12° straight from the conditioning tank — note security device on glass.

These are the unfiltered, unpasteurised draught versions of Budvar’s flagship golden lager (labelled Budvar Czech Imported Lager in the […]

Broumov Opat Kvasničák Pepper

Great British Beer Festival 2011, Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 5% Origin: Broumov, Králové Hradecký kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Broumov Opat Kvasničák Pepper

The Broumov brewery, by the Polish border, claims a history back to 1348, when the townspeople were first granted rights to brew, although the current plant dates from 1866. The […]

Plzeňský Prazdroj kvasnicový

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011, Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Plzeň, Plzeňský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Plzeňský Prazdroj's head brewer Václav Berka serves up his Kvasnicový at the European Beer Bloggers Conference, London, May 2011. Pic: Reuben Gray,

The second word in the name of this famous Bohemian brewery — […]

Modrá Hvězda Dobřanská Hvězda světly ležak 12°

Pivovar Restaurant Hotel Modrá Hvězda

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Dobřany, Plzeňský Kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Mash tuns were fired again in Dobřany, once an important brewing town a little south of Plzeň, in 1998 when the ‘Blue Star’ hotel sprouted one of the first of a new generation of […]

Bernard Sváteční Ležák

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 5% Origin: Humpolec, Vysočina, Czech Republic Website:

Bernard Sváteční Ležák

The Bernard brewery, in the hill country between Bohemia and Moravia, traces its history to 1597 but its current reputation is strictly post-Velvet Revolution. In 1991 a team led by Stanislav Bernard bought […]

Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 4.2% Origin: Chodová Planá, Plzeňský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Incorporating ancient cellars cut into granite and completely dominating its small village home west of Plzeň, the Chodovar brewery traces its written records back to 1634, though much of today’s structure is the result […]

Kocour Weizenbock

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 6.6% Origin: Varnsdorf, Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Kocour Weizenbock

Another new Czech micro brewing internationally inspired craft beers alongside interpretations of indigenous lager styles, Kocour — ‘Tomcat’ — was founded by Josef Šusta and Honza Kočka in 2008 in Varnsdorf, in the far west of […]

Matuška Raptor IPA

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 6.2% Origin: Broumy, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

One of a small but growing number of innovative new microbreweries challenging the dominance of straightforward pale and dark lagers in the Czech Republic, Pivovar Matuška was founded only in 2009 but has already caused ripples […]

Polička Záviš světlý ležák 12°

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Polička, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Poličské Záviš světlý ležák 12°

This intriguing brewery in the birthplace of composer Bohuslav Martinů traces its history back to 1517 when it was founded by a cooperative of townspeople, thus its full title […]