Budweiser Budvar troops the colour as Adam Brož becomes the tenth brewmaster in the brewery’s history
“Josef Tolar had always been devoted to Budweiser Budvar beer, taking care of this beer’s top quality. During the modernization he therefore saw to the production of the original beer from Budějovice (Budweiser beer) being kept in a traditional way,” says Budweiser Budvar’s managing director Jiří Boček. Josef Tolar was responsible for the final quality of the beer as it left the brewery. Overall 21.464 million hectolitres of beer went through his hands, which represents a higher volume than the number produced in the Czech Republic in a year. Josef Tolar significantly contributed towards the final tuning of the production technology of the original beer from Budějovice (Budweiser beer), which resulted in gaining the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in 2004. Moreover, he played an important part in the brewery’s overall technological and technical development, which had had no equivalent in the history of the brewery. The production capacity of the brewery increased almost three-fold under his supervision.
Adam Brož has worked for Budweiser Budvar since 1999 in a many different posts in the brewing department, where he has been the assistant manager since 2006. He is one of Josef Tolar’s students, gaining a great deal of theoretical as well as practical experience from him. “I liked my chosen field of studies - Malting and Brewing Trade very much during my studies at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, which made me prepared for my future practice very well. I feel so honoured to be able to manage the brewing of such extraordinary beer which is brewed by Budweiser Budvar. In addition, the brewery is situated in my home town. I see my main goal in retaining the exclusivity of our beer by maintaining the longstanding tradition of the previous generations as well as developing the brewing using the most modern knowledge in the brewing trade,” say Budweiser Budvar’s fresh brewmaster Adam Brož.
As Josef Tolar ranks amongst the most experienced experts in the Czech brewing industry, he will keep cooperating with Budweiser Budvar as an advisor as far as production technologies and investment are concerned.
The historical list of Budweiser Budvar’s brewmasters
1.4. 1895 – 31.3. 1899 - Antonín Holeček
1.4. 1899 – 31.12. 1908 - František Felix
1.1. 1909 – 26.2. 1919 – Josef Brych
1.3. 1919 – 31.12. 1935 – Vladimír Kořán
1.1. 1936 – 30.4. 1942 – Dr. Oldřich Miškovský
1.5. 1942 – 10.4. 1948 – Václav Rambousek
1.1. 1949 – 31.7. 1959 – Rudolf Smolík
1.8. 1959 – 31.12. 1984 – Miloš Heide
1.1. 1985 – 31.12.2008 – Josef Tolar
1.1. 2009 – until now – Adam Brož
Josef Tolar’s biography (* 1942)
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 brewmaster in 1985 and then, in 1992, Budweiser Budvar’s brewing and technical director. 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 the 1970’s, Mr Tolar became a member of the team developing Pito – the first non-alcoholic beer in the then Czechoslovakia. 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. In November 2008, he was awarded the “Brewmaster of the Year” by the Beer Friends Association
Adam Brož‘s biography (*1976)
Adam Brož graduated with honours from the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1999, with the field of studies - Malting and Brewing Trade. Immediately after graduating, he started working for the Budweiser Budvar brewery in a post-graduation practice. From 2000, he gradually worked on the following posts: quality inspector, technological operations master and production engineer. In June 2006 he became the assistant manager of the brewing department. Since 1st January 2009, he has been performing the brewing and technical director’s (brewmaster’s) post. Presently, he has been preparing to defend his doctoral dissertation in the filed of biotechnology.
Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation
Budweiser Budvar, N.C. brewery has long been one of the most successful Czech foodstuff companies. Nearly half of its production is exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. Budweiser Budvar’s sales increased by 9% in 2007, having reached the volume of 1,253,000 hectolitres of beer. The brewery’s 2007 gross profit annually grew by 13% onto the total of CZK 302 million. Since 1991, about CZK 3,500 million has been invested into the modernization and development of the brewery.