Budweiser Budvar has been awarded two significant appraisals by the Beer Friends Association
The results of its annual evaluation of beer, breweries and personalities in the brewing industry have been made public today by the Beer Friends Association (BFA hereinafter). Budweiser Budvar has gained altogether 5 medals from the BFA this year.
Budweiser Budvar’s brewing and technical director Josef Tolar became the “Maltster of 2008”, as the BFA chose him as the main personality of the year in the brewing industry for “his lifelong work, conservative attitude towards the modernization of the brewery, which took place between 1990 - 2002 and lastly because he resisted the temptations of other more economic ways of brewing.”
Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager, which has been in production only since 2004, was awarded the “Dark Beer of the year”, thus increasing its total amount of domestic as well as international awards onto 8. Regarding the “Brewery of the Year” category, Budweiser Budvar came second.
“We very much appreciate our results in the category of draught beers. Pardál beer gained itself a second place and in addition, draught beer Budweiser Budvar came next,” says Budweiser Budvar’s PR Manager Petr Samec. “Every award granted by the BFA is of great value, since we consider its members real beer connoisseurs, who are dedicated to beer even in their free time also on a theoretical basis,” adds Petr Samec.
The awards by the BFA have been a traditional beer contest in the Czech Republic since 1990. The winning beers represent a combination of popularity and quality. In the first part of the contest, the BFA members and supporters conduct a vote. In the other part of the contest, members of the Beer Assembly (a body elected in accordance with the BFA rules) evaluate the beers and establish the final results. The evaluation is based on anonymous tasting. The BFA has been a member of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) since 2005, where it tries to further the interests of the Czech brewing industry and at the same time gain useful experience from similarly aimed organizations. For more information about BFA see www.pratelepiva.cz.
Josef Tolar’s biography
Current position: brewing and technical director (maltster)
Budweiser Budvar National Corporation
Karoliny Světlé 4, 370 21 České Budějovice
Josef Tolar graduated from the Faculty of Food Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1965. His professional career began immediately after that when he became head of the laboratory in the Budweiser Budvar brewery, to which all his life seems to be linked from then on. In the 1970’s, Mr Tolar became a member of the team developing Pito – the first non-alcoholic beer in the then Czechoslovakia. After acquiring experience and practical training experience in various positions in the brewery production subdivision, Mr Tolar became maltster in 1985 and then, in 1992, brewing and technical director of Budweiser Budvar. In this position, he was in charge of the reconstruction and extension of the brewery’s production capacity, namely from 450,000 hectolitres to 1.35 million hectolitres a year. Since 1998, Mr Tolar has been a member of the Board of the Research Institute of Brewing and Malting in Prague. In December 2002, the British Guild of Beer Writers awarded Mr Tolar with a Silver Tankard, a prize for his unique contribution to the European brewery industry. In 2008, Josef Tolar was a member of the expert panel voting the “Greatest British Beer” for 2008, being the first Czech having ever achieved that throughout the history.
Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager
Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has been in the Budweiser Budvar Brewery’s product range since 28th April 2004. It is distinctly dark coloured, with thick lasting head and a delicate roasted malt aroma. As opposed to most dark beers on the Czech market, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager is not characterized by a prevailing sweet taste – on the contrary, it is mildly bitter with a caramel accent. It is brewed in the same procedure as the pale lager using whole heads of Žatec hops and water from 300m deep artesian wells. However, the two beers differ in the use of four kinds of malt: Czech, Munich, caramel and roasted. The dark lager has an alcohol volume of 4.7% and is supplied in both kegs and bottles. During a relatively short time, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has gained itself many fans, which is reflected by the continuous rise in its sales. Last year, Budweiser Budvar sold 29,616 of its dark lager, which represents a 42% increase from the previous year. The domestic market saw the sale of 11,728 hectolitres of the dark lager, which is 7.1% more than the year before. Furthermore, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager achieved a significant rise in international sales, where the 2007 sales were 80.1% higher than the 2006 ones, reaching the volume of 17,887 hectolitres. Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was exported to 18 countries last year, which is 5 countries more than the year before. The furthest export territory is Vietnam.
In the four years of its existence, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has gained many awards home as well as abroad for its original flavour and quality. In 2008, it was awarded a silver medal at Žatec Final Harvest Celebration. In 2007, it won the prestigious title “World’s Best Lager” in the contest organized by the British magazine “Beers of the World”. Additionally, it was awarded the second place in the 2007’s Dark Beer of the Year contest by the Beer Friends Association and a silver medal by an expert panel on the occasion of Žatec Final Harvest Celebration. In 2006, the dark lager was given a silver medal in the international contest of products quality held by the Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections. In the Czech Republic, the same year brought with it another award by the Beer Friends Association - the “Dark Beer of the Year” title. In 2005, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was given the “Best Imported Beer“title by the panel of experts at the “London Drinkers’ Beer and Cider Festival“, which is the oldest London beer festival.