Pretty interesting brewery was opened some months ago in Zlín (Southern Moravia). Its owner is very well known Czech ice hockey and ex NHL goalie Roman Čechmánek.
Čechmánek played 212 games in NHL and he is best known for his two seasons with Philadelphia Flyers. He won William M. Jennings trophy in 2002-03 season sharing it with Martin Brodeur and his teamate Robert Esche. He was traded next season to Los Angeles Kings and after a mediocre season Cechmanek returned to Europe to play for teams in Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic. He ended his career in 2008-09 as a member of HC Třinec in Czech Extraliga.
He was also a member of Czech Gold team in Olympics games in Nagano in 1998.
After retirement he started wine bussines and in 2013 he opened small brewpub Pivovar Čechmánek in his hometown Zlín.
Pivovar Čechmánek is modern craft brewery. They are producig “classic Czech styles” – pilsener lager and dunkel that most of the Czech require in pubs and then small batches of different and “more exotic” styles like coffee stout, IPA or honey beer. The newest addition is more and more popular “green beer” (probably pilsener with some herbs) as an Easter special.
The label desing and beer names are connected with lions. Lion is Czech national animal and it is also the animal that has main position in Czech national coat of arms. The design is very modern, simplified and I love it.
If everything goes right I will have a chance to visit this brewery on Easter Monday so I´m looking forward to it and I only hope that quality of beer will be exceptional as their presentation.
facebook page with news: https://cs-cz.facebook.com/pivovarcechmanek
interview with Roman Čechmánek – Czech/Česky (idnes.cz)