Visit The Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery

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A Morning Beer Stop

Before we arrived in Prague in the Czech Republic, we did not know that beer making had such a history in this part of the world. We had a great stay in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. On our transit day to the small town of Slavonice, our first stop of the day was to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery in the town of Cesky Budejovice.

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This stop at the beer factory was part of our Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) trip. But we often make sure to visit local food and drink producers when we travel. Our visit to the parmesan factory in Emilia Romagna Italy was a highlight of that trip. Winery visits to the Stellenbosch region in South Africa gave us a great insight into a whole new wine region. On our tour of the north coast of France, of course we had cognac in the town of Cognac! Learning the history of beer making in the Czech Republic was a natural stop for us.

History Of Beer In The Czech Republic

We started in the shop with a short video. There was a lot of controversy over the trademark ownership to the name “Budweiser”. As a result, Budweiser Budvar has the rights to the name Budweiser in much of Europe and Anheuser-Busch InBev has this right in North America. The video was a humorous portrayal of trademark ownership from the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery.

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Visitor Centre - Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery.jpg

When we went to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery, we started in the visitors centre. We got to see the wide range of beers produced in this factory.

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A walk through the museum showed us the history of beer making in this town. The original advertisements were clear reminders that this town was where it all started.

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Budvar History - Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery.jpg

Budvar History - Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery.jpg

When we visited the original Budvar Budweiser brewery we got a great view of beer history.

The Ingredients That Make Great Beer

Our tour of the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery took us through the massive factory and we saw the beer making process. Beer has been brewed in this city since the 1200s. The original Budvar Budweiser Brewery factory opened in 1895. As we walked through the site, we saw huge storage facilities. They have space for about 90 million cans or bottles.

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Our first top was to see the two artesian wells at over 300 metres deep. The water temperature stays between 12 – 14°C and needs no chemical treatment. The local water is pumped up into two large tanks. Certainly the local water is one of the ingredients said to make this beer better. Hops for the beer are grown in the West Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and harvested in August / September. The malt comes from the Moravia region.

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When we went to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery, we got a view of what went into the beer.

A Walk Through The Beer Making Process

This factory brews typical Czech beers using bottom fermentation. As we walked through the facility we got a great view of the giant copper vats. This mashing stage creates a sweet non-alcoholic liquid called the “wort”. The wort is then further processed with water to create an “after wort”. When this is separated off, the remaining grain residues are removed and sold as animal food. The “after wort” than has hops added in stages as it is boiled.

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The “beer” is then sent to large cylindrical fermentation tanks. Yeast is added. And finally the beer is sent into maturation tanks for a second fermentation.

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When we went to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery, it was great to get a view of the process used to produce the beer.

Going To Market

Once the beer was ready, it then went to the large factory to get it shipped to market. We saw different production lines to put the beer into cans, bottles or larger kegs. The lines were completely automated from bottle washing, to container filling to capping. They can process 25,000 cans per hour!

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Unfortunately it was the day before a public holiday and the factory was quiet. It would have been fascinating to see this process in action.

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Budvar Beer Bottling Plant - Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery.jpg

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When you visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery, hopefully the beer packaging production will be fully operational.

A Taste Test Of The Local Budvar Budweiser Beer

We stopped in the cellar where the beer was finished and kept at a temperature of around 3℃. We were shown the very different hops used for the 7 different beers produced at this plant. A smell test certainly showed how different the hops were. Two versions of beer are exported to America.

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At that point we got to taste test the local beer. It tasted not very different from much of the lighter beers we tried in the Czech Republic.

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The group used this opportunity to get their pictures to send home. Even though it was 10am in the morning, everyone participated in this stop. When we went to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery, we definitely wanted to try the beer.

An Interesting Stop To Visit The Original Budvar Budweiser Brewery

Our visit to the Czech Republic let us see so many different facets of the country. At every stop, we certainly got to know that beer was a local favourite. So it was great that we got to visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery on our transit day to stay in Slavonice. We would certainly think about Budweiser beer a little differently in the future!

Did you visit the original Budvar Budweiser Brewery? Did you like the local beer? 

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22 Comments

  1. I’m not a beer drinker, and I don’t believe I’ve ever had an alcoholic drink before noon, but confess I tasted this beer and thoroughly enjoyed it…and the nap on the bus that followed!

    • Ann, I am not a beer drinker either. But I too found the local Budweiser to be much better than expected. It was fascinating to see how large the production capacity was. Thanks for checking out our memories of the trip. Linda

  2. We love checking out breweries! So we will have to add Cesky Budejovice to our travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing your entire tour! Loved learned how beer is made. And it’s so cool they let you behind the scenes like that. Would love to do a tour and tasting!

    • Steph and Zach, I would definitely put this on the breweries travel list. Many people don’t get out of Prague but this is worth a visit. It was such a big production and they brewed a range of beers. Hope you get to visit. Linda

  3. Lol, I had no idea that Budweiser originated in this area – but I’m not much of a Bud drinker. What a huge operation – it must have been fun to explore the entire place and see what goes on behind the scenes.

    • Noel, I did not know that Bud originated here either. The scale of this plant was quite amazing. We were just disappointed that the bottling plant was not working that day. Would have been fascinating to see in operation. We loved the chance to try the beer. Linda

    • Marcus and Mel, We did learn that they export several versions out of the Czech Republic. But were surprised how many versions stay just in the country. It was great to learn about the process of beer making, although there was much less beer smell in the air than you might expect. Great to learn how big beer was in Czech. Linda

  4. This reminds me of the Heineken Tour we took in Amsterdam 🙂 I’m not a fan of beer but its always nice to visit breweries or museums to learn how hop is made. Czech Republic has an amazing beer culture and I am sure this experience in Cesky Budejovice would’ve been worthwhile.

    • Medha, We did not really know that beer was such a big thing in the Czech Republic before we arrived. Certainly did not know that Budweiser started here. I also am not a big beer drinker. But I love to see the processes used. We often visit wineries for the same reason. Linda

  5. You really dug into the beer making process, well done! And this post comes in handy as I am off to the Chezch republic in July! I will definitely think about your beer recommendations 🙂

    • Julia, You will love the Czech Republic. There are small breweries in the bigger towns. And then the massive plant for Budweiser. It was interesting to see the process. And fascinating to see the scope and scale of this operation. Linda

  6. This sounds like paradise for a beer lover. We didn’t get to do this in Prague but we did have the chance to do a city pub crawl and the beer scene really is amazing.

    • Vanessa, We too were surprised with how big the beer scene was in Prague. We visited a few beer pubs when we were there. The Budweiser plant was a great way to understand how long beer has been a thing in the Czech Republic. Linda

  7. This post is making me thirsty. I want to tour (and sample) the King of Beers too! I also really want to visit the beer spa, which is around there somewhere. What a fun way to explore a country known for their beer.

  8. I love learning the history of beer in each country I visit. Beer is a unifying connection to everyone history. The tour looks like a lot of fun and getting to see the entire brewing process. I love getting to try local beers around the world.

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