Budweiser Budvar’s former brewmaster Josef Tolar entered the Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting yesterday
Budweiser Budvar’s former long-term brewmaster Josef Tolar received Czech Beer and Malt Association’s highest expert award yesterday as he entered the “Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting” on the occasion of the St. Wenceslas Celebration of the Czech beer. Established in 2002, the Hall of Fame welcomes the most important personalities of the Czech brewing industry every year. Only 16 Czech personalities have entered the Hall of Fame so far, one of them also being Budweiser Budvar’s Jan Šavel, CSc. - an important scientist and holder of many patents, who has been working in the brewery as the research and development department’s manager.
Josef Tolar worked in the Budweiser Budvar brewery all his working life, starting in 1965. He held the position of brewmaster for 24 years, thus becoming the second longest serving maltster in the brewery’s history. As a brewmaster, he was responsible for the final quality of the beer, which left the brewery. A total of 21.464 million hectolitres of beer went through his hands, which is a higher volume than the annual beer production in the whole of the Czech Republic. Josef Tolar significantly contributed to the fine-tuning of the production technology to brew the original Budweiser beer, which resulted in gaining the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) in 2004. Furthermore, he put a substantial share into the brewery’s technological and technical overall development, which has no parallel in the history of the corporation. The production capacity of the brewery was increased almost threefold under his supervision.
“Josef Tolar’s entering the Hall of Fame is completely well-earned and reflects his high expert reputation within an international scale. He did an enormous amount of work, which has been helping the successful representation of the genuine Czech brewing both home and abroad,” says Budweiser Budvar’s managing director Jiří Boček.
“I accept this award also as a appreciation of all my colleagues who worked with me all those years,” Josef Tolar comments upon the entry to the Hall of Fame.
This press release used also press materials and information of the Czech Beer and Malt Association.
About Josef Tolar
A consultant for Budweiser Budvar in the area of production technology and investments, Budweiser Budvar’s long-term brewmaster and brewing and technical director. 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 working life seems to be linked from then on. In the 1970’s, Mr Tolar became a member of the team developing Pito – the first alcoholic-free 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, 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. Josef Tolar worked in the position of a brewmaster for 24 years. Since 1st January 2009, he has been working as Budweiser Budvar’s consultant.
Mr Tolar has been a member of the Board of the Research Institute of Brewing and Malting in Prague since 1998. 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 “Champion Beer of Britain” for 2008 on the occasion of the 31st Great British Beer Festival, being the first Czech having ever achieved that throughout the history. In the same year, Josef Tolar was awarded the “Maltster of 2008” title by the Beer Friends Association’s members. In September 2009, Josef Tolar was included in the elite Super Jury at the prestigious “International Beer Challenge” competition in London as the first ever representative of the Czech brewing industry in the history of the competition.
About the Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting
Since 2002, the Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting has been continuing the rich history of Czech beer, underlining the credit of those who have significantly contributed to the maintaining and further increasing of the Czech brewing and malting industry’s reputation by their long-term hard work, knowledge, skills, creative ability as well as personal devotion.
16 Czech personalities have entered the Hall of Fame so far:
2002 – Prof. Gabriela Basařová, Ivo Hlaváček
2003 – Miroslav Kahler, CSc., Richard Paulů
2004 – Jiří Váša, Jan Šavel, CSc.
2005 – Jaromír Franzl, Antonín Kratochvíle
2006 – Pavel Ferkl, Václav Korda
2007 – Jiří Šrogl, Miroslav Urbánek
2008 – Jiří Plevka, Jan Voborský
2009 – Josef Tolar, Ivan Houska