Velke Brezno Brewery - Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Anneke
N 50° 39.882 E 014° 08.379
33U E 439196 N 5612891
A middle-sized brewery near Usti nad Labem.
Waymark Code: WM6JTJ
Location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 06/11/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
Views: 144

The brewery in Velke Brezno dates back as far as the 17th century. However, it reached its biggest fame in the first half of the 20th century: 18 brands of beer (Breznak, Senátor, Priessner-Urquell, Bavaria, Korunní, Urbräu..) were brewed here at the time, and the brewery was the main supplier of beer for the British parliament. During the WW2, it supplied beer to German expeditionary forces in North Africa (Afrikakorps). (There is a joking anecdote saying that the main objective of British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant-General Montgomery was not to defeat the Germans but to capture supplies of Breznak.) After the communist coup in 1948, the brewery was confiscated and nationalized. It came into private property again in 1992 and operated as a part of the Drinks Union group consisting of several middle-sized breweries. Nevertheless, the brewery has been recently bought by Heineken International.

The Breznak brand is well-known for its logo, the portrait of a Velke Brezno station-master Viktor Cibich. His face first appeared on the stickers in 1906 and granted its bearer annuity of two beers a day for life. The logo has often been copied and appeared on beer stickers for example in South America.

Nowadays, the brewery produces around 250000 hl a year. It manufactures draught beer, lager and porter.
There are guided tours in the brewery every Saturday at 14:30, or at any time for groups counting more than 10 persons (you need to book in advance for these).
Website: [Web Link]

Pivovarská 116
Velke Brezno, Czech Republic
403 23

Parking Coordinates: N 50° 39.888 W 014° 08.384


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