Czech Beer Blog

News from Czech beer scene plus some more stuff. Na zdravi!

2014 Beer of the Year by Polish bloggers — February 9, 2015
Ale Browar – Saint no More – Ultimate Christmas gift — December 5, 2014
The city of Cvikov (Zwickau) has a brewery again! —

The city of Cvikov (Zwickau) has a brewery again!

These lands in the outskirts of Czechia had and still have a very diffilcut times. Almost deserted after the WWII because of the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia many tradicions vanished. Breweries are perfect example. There were lost of german-owned breweries in Sudetenland until 1948 and almost all of them were gone very quickly after this date. But some of them are coming back.

The newest one is Cvikov brewery in Northern Czechia. It was opened last week and I´m big fan of this project. I like the labels – they somehow reminds me something like 80´s design and I love the idea of bringing back old breweries to life. Hopefully their beer will beas good as this whole project.

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Brewery Lobec introduced new labels —
Pivovar Frankies Břeclav – Chocolate Stout (video) — November 20, 2014
Happy International Stout Day! — November 6, 2014

Happy International Stout Day!

#StoutDay will be celebrated for the fourth year, on Thursday, November 6th.  Just like wine vineyards tell the story of the people, the weather, the land and its history, beer, too, tells a story of the land, of the people and the brewers. Having a day dedicated to a beer style really has just accelerated the excitement in the craft brew circles as more learn about the intrigue regarding its history and the variety that the craft beer industry has to offer.

The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800’s to win over the Russian Czar. “Imperial porter” came before “imperial stout” and the earliest noted use of “Imperial” to describe a beer comes from the Caledonian Mercury of February 1821, when a coffeehouse in Edinburgh was advertising “Edinburgh Ales, London Double Brown Stout and Imperial Porter, well worth the attention of Families”.

http://stoutday.com/

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Haloween is coming! Get your Beer costume now! :) — October 27, 2014
A look back: Dyniamit Pumpkin Ale (Pinta Browar) 2013 — October 22, 2014

A look back: Dyniamit Pumpkin Ale (Pinta Browar) 2013

I wrote this a year ago when I, for the first time, discovered a world of pumpkin ales. And pretty soon I´ll get back to writing about them but this time it´ll be about Czech pumpkins! Lucky Bastard and Permon ones! Can´t wait!

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“There are some styles in a beer world which are quite unusual in Europe. Pumpkin Ale is one of the best examples. So it´s pretty hard to get one here. There is only one brewery in the Czech Republic that brews this ale – Radnicni pivovar in Jihlava – but the beer is pretty difficult to get. So I had to look elsewhere. Polish beer scene starts to be pretty interesting and because I have shorter trip to Cracow then to Prague I decided to complete my quest for pumpkin ale in Poland.

Poland has multiple craft breweries. Two of them brewed pumpkin ales. AleBrowar had Naked Mummy – The beer is hopped at the level of 45 IBU, the extract is 16 BLG, which were attenuated to the 6,2% of alcohol content. They used Willamette, Cascade and Palisade hops altogether with spices: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Unfortunately the batch was pretty limited so I wasn’t able to get a bottle.

The second and probably the biggest craft brewery in Poland helped me out.

Browar Pinta from Wroclaw brews its beers in Browar na Jurze in Zawiercie (small city near Katowice). Its portfolio is pretty good – they brew Imperial IPA, Sahti, Sticke Alt, Irish Red Ale, Imperial Witbier, Extra Special Bitter (ESB), Rauchbock, A’la Grodziskie, AIPA, Weizenbock, Oatmeal Stout, Schwarzbier, Scottish Ale, Vienna Lager, Rauchbier, Pumpkin Ale, Rice IPA, Bière de Garde… The latest one is Pumpkin Ale. Its name – Dyniamit.

Dyniamit was first brewed last year. It was a big success so they decided to brew another batch this year. And they increased the production – 20 000 bottles and 110 kegs. It´s pretty strong – 16,5° (6% alc.) – and very spicy. Cinnamon, clove, ginger and anise are dominant in the smell, pumpkin tones – not strong but clearly there – in taste along with citrusy bits. Small but thick head, orange color. Well – almost perfect beer for Christmas! 🙂 I liked it even though I’m not a big fan of spicy/fruity beers.

It´s clear that this style of beer will never be as popular in Europe as is in the US. But I’m glad I had a chance to drink it and if I am in US during pumpkin season I will be more than happy to try much more of it.”

http://www.browarpinta.pl/oferta/16-pinta-dyniamit-165 (PL)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/pinta-dyniamit/190288/ (EN)
Konfrontacja – Naked Mummy vs. Dyniamit – zakapslowani.wordpress.com (PL)

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FLOWCHART: WHAT STYLE OF BEER SHOULD YOU DRINK? — October 13, 2014

FLOWCHART: WHAT STYLE OF BEER SHOULD YOU DRINK?

from coolmaterial.com

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“It wasn’t long ago when liquor stores carried five or six different beers. A couple of U.S. heavy hitters and maybe an import or two. Times have changed. Walk into your local booze shop now, and you’ll be greeted with shelves of interesting brews. So how do you decide what to drink? While there are countless beer styles, we choose a handful of popular ones and decided to help for when you’re trying to pick a beer for the day.”

Some Barrel Aged Stout for me, please!

Beer is simple, isn´t it…? — October 7, 2014

Beer is simple, isn´t it…?

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BUY A PRINT!

So, you’re tasked with grabbing beer for a party. What do you do? You reach the beer aisle (or aisles) and suddenly it hits you. You have no idea what you’re doing. Why are there so many kinds of beers? How could they possibly be all that different? Then you do the unthinkable. You grab some American Adjunct Lager (think Budweiser, Miller, etc) and head off. You just chose a beer with almost no hops, no malt, no fruity ester flavor, a beer that is crisp and carbonated at least, but flavorless in the big world of beers (no offense to fans of American Lagers).

How do you decide then? While there may be dozens upon dozens of beer varieties, there are only two styles of beer: ales and lagers. But both are beer, so let’s start there.

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