History of the brewery

1265

Ottokar II (Přemysl Otakar II.) founds the town of České Budějovice

The history of brewing in České Budějovice started in 1265, when the town was founded by Ottokar II. (Přemysl Otakar II.), the King of Bohemia, who granted the town with important privileges, the brewing right being one of them.

1351

Charles IV. grants the mile right

On 4th May 1351, Charles IV., Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, granted the town of České Budějovice with miscellaneous liberties, such as the mile right. From that time, no extraneous pubs could be located within a 10-kilometre radius from the town.

1410

Wenceslaus IV. extends the town's privileges

On 20th June 1410, king Wenceslaus IV. extended the older mile right so that no extraneous malt houses, breweries, craftsmen and pubs were within a mile from the town.

1464

The mile right is enforced by the army

In 1464, Budějovice citizens enforced the mile right with power and eliminated all the extraneous malt houses, breweries and pubs in the radius of the local brewers' mile right beyond the town's fortifications and their surroundings.

1495

Establishing a town brewery

Following long negotiations with town citizens, The České Budějovice Town hall managed to build its own Large brewery. Under the arrangement with the town citizens, the town brewery brewed so-called white (wheat) beer, while individual citizens brewed dark barley beer.

1532

Compliment for good beer

Ferdinand I., Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, praised Budějovice citizens for especially good bread and beer.

1547

Another acclaim

Ferdinand I. orders Budějovice citizens to send the local maltster along with labourers to his imperial court in Augsburg to brew beer for him.

1722

Founding the Small Brewery

From the beginning of the 18th century, the town citizens endeavoured to control the municipal brewery, reasoning it with the brewing right they had owned since 1495. The municipal council recognised their right in 1722, however they had to give up brewing in their houses. Therefore they bought the brewing house of Matěj Konvička, the maltster, thus giving rise to the so-called Small Brewery. Nonetheless, the municipal council pronounced this building its own building. From then, the town owned two breweries - the Large Brewery near the Rožnov Gate and the Small Brewery on the corner of Charles IV. St. and Kanovnická St.

1795

Town citizens get the breweries

The town citizens declined to accept that and the dispute finished in 1795, when the town passed the administration of both breweries to the town citizens, giving thus rise to the so called Civic Brewery.

1847

Relocating the Civic Brewery

The equipment as well as the premises of both Budějovice breweries soon ceased to meet the need to increase beer production. Both areas were reconstructed and rebuilt several times, but soon it was clear that no further development of the breweries in the inner town will be possible. In 1847 came the decision to build a new refrigerator cellar at the Linz suburb. Later on in 1851-1852, a new brewery was built there.

1872

Beer export from České Budějovice to the USA launched

Millions of people travelled from the old continent to America hoping to find a better life there. The emigrants also "brought" their thirst and love for European beer with them, which resulted in the start of importing beer to America, some brands of Czech beer being amongst it. In 1872, the import of Budweiser Bier from České Budějovice began, as well.

1876

Brewing in Anheuser-Busch launched

Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of European beer on the American market, another emigrant C. Conrad came upon an idea to imitate the beer in America. The problem occurred with choosing a brand for their product. Clearly, it had to be a well-known brand from Europe, its name being pronounceable in English. Consequently in 1876, another Budweiser Bier came into the world six centuries after the brewing of the beer began in České Budějovice. It was Anheuser-Busch brewery that Carl Conrad had chosen for his business plan.

1878

Unauthorised appropriation of the Budweiser trademark

In 1878, C.Conrad had the Budweiser Lager Bier trademark registered with the American Patent Office, signing it over to the brewing concern Anheuser-Busch in 1891, which thus got the right to sell this beer. The appropriation was not only unauthorised, but the owners of the American trademark passed the trademark off as an invented one. On the contrary, Budweiser beer from České Budějovice indicated specific information about the place of origin, which was derived from the official name of the town. The picture of the Anheuser-Busch's label of 1876 contains information that this beer is brewed using a recipe from Budějovice and Czech ingredients. Adolphus Busch himself, as the founder of the US-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch, testified before the South New York District Court with respect to the dispute over the mark Budweiser in 1894 as follows: "The idea was simple - to produce a beer of the same quality, colour and taste as the beer produced in Budweis, or Bohemia.”

1895

Founding the Czech Joint-Stock Brewery

The Czech Joint-Stock Brewery (present Budweiser Budvar, N.C.) began to brew its famous beer on 7th October 1895. The circumstances preceding its founding were very dramatic in the nationally divided Budějovice. One part which Czech brewers were was not satisfied with was the situation in the local very German Civic Brewery and so supported by the leading representatives of the Czech bourgeoisie they decided to set up a new company.

1896

Joint-Stock Brewery Restaurant

On 20th May 1896, the "Joint-Stock Brewery Restaurant" was officially opened. The opening ceremony was set for Sunday, but the restaurant had been completely packed the day before and all the rooms which were furnished in an elegant style with electrical lighting were literally bursting thanks to the overflow of thirsty wanderers. From that moment, the brewery became the centre of the Czech national life in the town.

1896

First important awards

The good-quality beer from the Joint-Stock Brewery soon established itself within strong competition. As early as 1896, the first-class quality of the beer brought the brewery important awards at an agricultural and pharmaceutical tradeshow in Prague. In 1897, the brewery's products were awarded a gold medal at the foodstuff tradeshow in Stuttgart.

1896

Apothecary fair

Prague -  a silver medal for beer at an apothecary fair

Agricultural fair

Prague - a gold medal for beer at an agricultural fair. 

1897

Foodstuff fair

Stuttgart - a gold medal for beer at a foodstuff fair

1908

Extending the operations

The ever-growing beer sales, which in a few years surpassed the rival Civic Brewery, resulted in extending all operations. In 1905-1908, a second brewing room and a machinery hall were built while the lager cellars were extended and other premises were modernised.

1911

First trademark contract

When the Anheuser-Busch concern registered the Budweiser trademark in the United Stated in 1907, both Budějovice breweries protested against it (the Joint-Stock Brewery began to import its beer to the USA in 1906). Following long disputes a contract was entered into in 1911, where the Czech Joint-Stock Brewery recognised the validity of the American registration in exchange for compensation; however, it did not give up its right to label its products with the word "Budweiser" and the specific "original" around the world.

1924

The international trade fair Rome

Rome - a gold medal and a diploma for České Budějovice beer from the Czech Joint-Stock Brewery at an international trade fair

1927

Jubilee Trade Fair

Znojmo - a silver medal at the Global and Jubilee Trade Fair

1930

Budvar trademark registration

In 1930, the brewery registered its Budvar trademark, which was used for the 12° export pale lager. The extraordinary international success of this trademark eventually drove the board of directors to include the word in the name of the brewery, which subsequently from 1936 was: Budvar - Joint-Stock Brewery, České Budějovice.

1939

Second trademark contract

At the beginning of 1939 on the eve of the World War II., both České Budějovice breweries were forced to enter into new unfavourable contracts with Anheuser-Busch under the threat of confiscation of all their goods in the USA. For an inadequate compensation, they undertook not to use the denominations of Budweiser, Budweis and other derivatives for the area of North American territory north from Panama.

1942

Brewery occupation

During the occupation a Nazi administrator was appointed to the Budvar - Joint-Stock Brewery and the brewery became a part of the Protectorate breweries network. During the war, the export literally perished, although the Joint-Stock Brewery had exported to a larger extent until 1942.

1959

First label with the present design elements

1966

Internationale Welser Messe

Wels (Austria) - a gold medal and a diploma at the "Internationale Welser Messe" international fair

1967

Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation originates

In 1967, Budweiser Budvar, N.C originated as the successor of the original Joint-Stock brewery and the Civic Brewery, taking over its trademarks to a large extent. It was put on the same level as South Bohemian Breweries and as far as the management was concerned, both companies had a joint management.

1970

Agricultural fair

České Budějovice - a gold medal and a certificate of merit for the Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager gift-pack at the "South Bohemia - Earth the Provider" agricultural fair

South Bohemian Quality Peak

České Budějovice - South Bohemian Quality Peak: a bronze Quality Peak for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager 4-pack. The competition was organised by the company "Potraviny České Budějovice".

The Performance Award

Prague - Performance Award: Budějovický Budvar Brewery received a noteworthy state award from the Czechoslovakian government. The Performance Award was bestowed for substantial performance results in the fields of agriculture, industry, transport and trade in Civil Service as well as other public service for special successes in scientific, research or other cultural activity or for technical improvements and inventions of great economic importance or for achievements in increasing the army's defensiveness.

1973

Canned beer

In 1973, Budweiser Budvar launched a novelty - can beer. The efforts to mechanically rack beer into cans directly in the brewery were, however, met with technical difficulties (low output) and eventually failed. For that reason, the brewery management decided to cooperate with Zlatý Bažant Brewery in the Slovakian town of Hurbanovo, which had an automatic can-filling line.

1973

Excellent Quality Company

Prague - National Inspection of Foodstuffs Quality: Budějovický Budvar Brewery was awarded a title of "Excellent Quality Company".

Golden Ear

České Budějovice -  a "Golden Ear" and a 2nd degree medal: two highest awards were granted to Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in cans at the Nationwide agricultural fair "Earth the Provider".

1982

Hervoragende Qualitat 82

Leipzig - a gold medal and a diploma awarded for extraordinary quality ("Hervoragende Qualitat") at the "Internationale Leipziger Messe" international trade fair

1985

World Bottled Lager Competition

London - The Brewing Industry International Awards - World Bottled Lager Competition": a bronze medal and a diploma for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in the international competition of bottled lagers

1986

Beer tasting

Krasnystaw (Poland) - Polish Hop-Growers and Brewers' Association: first place for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in the beer tasting competition of COMECON countries

Hervoragende Qualitat 1986

Leipzig - a gold medal and a diploma awarded for extraordinary quality ("Hervoragende Qualitat") at the "Internationale Leipziger Messe" international trade fair

1987

Monde Selection 87

Brussels - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a silver medal and a diploma.

1989

Maison de Qualité 1989

Paris - Maison de Qualité: a gold medal and a diploma for quality for Budweiser Budvar Lager

1990

Monde Selection 1990

Luxembourg - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a gold medal and a diploma

1991

New development stage of the brewery

A new stage of the brewery's history came after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, when Budweiser Budvar became physically independent on 1.1.1991. Owing to another overall modernisation of all the operations, establishing direct business relations with both local and international business partners and building its own distribution warehouses the brewery increased its production two and half fold.

1991

Quality grade Q

Prague - quality grade Q (the corporation was awarded this a designation of renowned quality as the first brewery in the then Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia)

1994

Silver Seal

Prague - a Silver Seal: Budweiser Budvar Lager was awarded a second place in the survey of the Beer Courier magazine. The survey observed the popularity of Czech and Moravian wines.

Stupeň kvality Q

Praha - stupeň kvality Q

1995

Gold Seal and Beer of 1995

Prague - a Gold Seal and Beer of '95 - awards for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in the survey of the Beer Courier magazine

1996

First million hectolitres of beer

Thanks to an extensive modernisation, Budweiser Budvar, N.C. surpassed the 1,000,000 hectolitre milestone.

1996

Czech Exporter of the Year 1996

Prague - Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 42nd amongst the leading Czech exporters in the "Czech Exporter of the Year" competition organised by the Czech Chamber of Commerce.

Czech Top 100

Prague - Czech Top 100

Editorial Board Prize '96

Prague -The Editorial Board Prize '96: Budějovický Budvar Brewery received the highest award of the Beer Courier magazine for "extraordinarily dynamic and unprecedented boom of world-brand Czech beer".

1997

Beer of 1997

Prague - Beer of 1997 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.

The best imported lager

London - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager was awarded as the best imported lager - Star Buy - on the UK market by the BBC Good Food magazine in the Super Brews list.

Pivex 1997

Brno - Pivex Gold Cup – competition Beer 1997 - a silver medal for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager

Book of Beer 97

London - Budějovický Budvar ranked as one of the ten best beers worldwide in the International Book of Beer

Czech Top 100 97

Prague,  Czech Top 100

The Giovanni Marcor Prize

Milan - the Giovanni Marcor Prize for the most progressively developing company in the fields of foodstuffs, agriculture and ecology. The prize is guaranteed by the EU's Agricultural Commission and is extraordinary particularly due to the fact that it was awarded to a company from a non-EU member country.

Czech Exporter of the Year 97

Prague - Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 16th amongst the leading Czech exporters in the "Czech Exporter of the Year" competition organised by the Czech Chamber of Commerce.

Quality grade Q 1997

Prague - quality grade Q

1998

Best Imported Beer of the Year in Norway

Oslo - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager was awarded the title of the Best Imported Beer of the Year in Norway.

International Beer Summit

Ósaka, Japan - a silver (and the only) medal awarded at the International Beer Summit, a diploma

Awarded Beer 98

Prague - Beer Friends Association: Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager was awarded the title "Awarded Beer 98" in the survey of the  Beer Friends Association members.

Gold Rhodos

Prague - a gold Rhodos, Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 2nd in the competition concerning the best company image in the "Breweries" category

Czech TOP 100 1998

Prague,  Czech Top 100

1999

Monde Selection Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in 0.33 litre cans

Brussels - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in 0.33 litre cans with a gold medal and a diploma.

Monde Selection BUD Premier Select

Brussels - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded special beer BUD Premier Select with a silver medal and a diploma.

Monde Selection Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in 0.33 litre bottles

Brussels - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in 0.33 litre bottles with a gold medal and a diploma.

Beer Courier, beer of the year

Prague, Beer of 2000 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.

Pivex Gold Cup

Brno - Pivex Gold Cup, competition Beer 2000 - a bronze medal for special beer BUD Premier Select.

Czech Top 100 1999

Prague - Czech Top 100

2000

International success

In 2000, the brewery exported its beer to 56 countries worldwide, starting to set up subsidiaries on some markets. Germany represented the largest market at that time, with 200,000 hectolitres of beer going there every year.

2000

Beer of EURO 2000

London -  Match of the Day magazine survey. Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager became the winner beer of EURO 2000 in a survey organised by the British sports magazine. The individual beer representatives (Budějovický Budvar for the Czech Republic) were divided into the same groups as in the European Football Championship and the competition itself proceeded in the same methodology as in EURO 2000. In the final, Budweiser Budvar convincingly beat its Italian rival.

Beer of 2000

Prague - Beer Friends Association: Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager was awarded "Beer of 2000" in the survey of the  Beer Friends Association members.

Czech TOP 100

Prague - Czech TOP 100: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 3rd in the competition "100 most admired companies in the Czech Republic", winning the 'foodstuffs companies' category at the same time.

Beer of the 20th Century

Prague - Beer of the 20th Century. Czech brewing experts (research institutes, special schools and universities, maltsters from Czech breweries) voted in a survey organised by the "Beer Courier" magazine under the patronage of the editorial board of the "Fermenting Industry" professional magazine. As a winner, Budějovický Budvar received and award for "excellent beer and great economic results".

2001

The best Czech beer imported to Slovakia

Bratislava - The Slovak Brewing  History Association presented Budweiser Budvar Lager as the best Czech beer imported to Slovakia.

Monde Selection - BUD Super Strong

Lisbon, Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded special beer BUD Super Strong with a gold medal and a diploma.

Beer of 2002

Prague - Beer of 2002 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.

Monde Selection 2001

Lisbon - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a gold medal and a diploma.

Our Beer 2001

Prague -The Premium Club and the Czech Brewers Maltsters Association: Budweiser Budvar Lager came 3rd in the journalist survey "Our Beer 2001".

Gold EFFIE

Prague - Gold EFFIE: Budweiser Budvar brand campaign "Let's go for a beer" came 1st in the 'most effective advertising campaign in the Czech Republic  competition.

Czech Top 100 2001

Prague - Czech Top 100

Gold Rhodos 2001

Prague - a gold Rhodos: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 2nd in the competition concerning the best company image in the "Breweries" category.

TOP HOP

Žatec - TOP HOP: Budějovický Budvar Brewery was awarded the highest award by TOP HOP Ltd. for long-lasting support of Žatec aromatic hops.

2002

Beer of 2003

Prague - Beer of 2003 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.    

Czech TOP 100

Prague - Czech TOP 100: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 1st in the Region of South Bohemia in the competition "100 most admired companies in the Czech Republic", at the same time being placed in the list of most admired companies in the Czech Republic as 10th.

2003

Budvarka - the original beer restaurant

The first original beer restaurant Budvarka was opened in the Small Brewery Hotel in České Budějovice. The conception of the original beer restaurant chain is intended for everyone who likes the environment of a traditional but at the same time modern beer restaurant with a pleasant ambience, where excellent well-treated beer along with a delicious Czech and international cuisine can be savoured.

2003

Tank system

In 2003, Budweiser Budvar, N.C. launched a reliable and modern technology of beer tapping on the market. It is a system of stainless steel tanks that guarantees the best quality and freshness of the beer

2003

World Beer Cup

Edinburgh - World Beer Cup: Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager came first in the competition of the Hotel & Restaurant Magazine.

Our Beer 2003

Prague - The Czech Brewers Maltsters Association: Budweiser Budvar Lager came 3rd in the journalist survey "Our Beer 2003".   

Beer of 2004

Prague - Beer of 2004 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year. 

Czech TOP 100

Prague - Czech TOP 100: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 3rd in the competition "100 most admired companies in the Czech Republic".

2004

Acknowledging the originality

The European Commission granted Budweiser Budvar N.C. with the right to use a Protected Geographical Indication "Budějovické pivo" and "Českobudějovické pivo". This decision became effective on 1.5.2004.

2004

Beer of 2005

Prague - Beer of 2005 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.

Cool Brand Leader

London - Cool Brand Leader: The Budweiser Budvar brand was selected for the "in" list of brands in the UK - the evaluation was carried out by the British organisation of independent experts Superbrands

Popai Europe Awards 2004

Paris - Popai Europe Awards 2004: A set of promotional items of the Budweiser Budvar brand came 2nd in the European competition for creativity and technical design

Gold Rhodos

Prague - a gold Rhodos: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 2nd in the competition concerning the best company image in the "Breweries" category. 

Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting

Prague - The Czech Brewers Maltsters Association: Jan Šavel– a long-term manager of Budějovický Budvar Brewery's Research and Development Centre received the highest expert award in the Czech Republic as he entered the “Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting”.

Czech TOP 100

Prague - Czech TOP 100: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 1st in the Region of South Bohemia in the competition "100 most admired companies in the Czech Republic".

2005

New Visitor Centre

The brewery opened a new Visitor Centre and a multimedia exposition called The Tale of Beer from Budějovice, which graphically depicts the history of brewing in České Budějovice. A souvenir shop selling promotional items and articles connected with beer is a part of the Centre.

2005

Traditional Budvar given a facelift

On 5.10.2005, Budweiser Budvar Brewery introduces new 0.5 litre bottles for its complete product and brand range.

2005

The Best Imported Beer

London - The Best Imported Beer: Dark Lager was awarded at The London Drinker´s Beer and Cider Festival.

Monde Selection

Brussels - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a silver medal and a diploma

Beer of 2006

Prague - Beer of 2006 - Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year 

Superbrands 2005

Prague - Superbrands 2005, The Budweiser Budvar brand was selected as one of the most important Czech brands by the Czech branch of the British organisation of independent experts Superbrands.

Employer of the Region

České Budějovice - the Employer of the Region: Budějovický Budvar became the best employer of the Region of South Bohemia in the competition organised by Fincentrum company.

Czech TOP 100

Prague - Czech TOP 100: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 1st in the Region of South Bohemia in the competition "100 most admired companies in the Czech Republic", at the same time being amongst 10 most admired companies in the Czech Republic.

2006

Dark Lager in bottles

Since July 2006, customers in the Czech Republic have been able to purchase Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager in bottles. The brewery thus extended its range of dark lager, which had only been available in small kegs until then.

2006

Monde Selection

Brussels - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager with a silver medal and a diploma.

World Beer Cup 2006

Seattle - Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup 2006: A silver medal for Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager in the international beer competition. The international panel evaluated a total of 2,221 samples from 540 breweries of 56 countries

Monde Selection

Prague - Monde Selection: The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a gold medal and a diploma.

Dark Beer of 2006

Humpolec - Dark Beer of 2006: Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was awarded a title "Dark Beer of the Year“ by the Beer Friends Association.

Beer of 2007

Prague - Beer of 2007, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year for the eighth time.

CoolBrands

London - CoolBrands, The Budweiser Budvar brand was selected for the 2006/2007 prestigious list of 94 'in' brands in the UK (so-called Cool brands). These Cool brands were selected from a total of 1,900 brands that are the most active in Britain. Budweiser Budvar is the only Czech representative in the list.

2007

Launching Pardál beer on the market

On March 1st, pale draught beer was launched on the market under an entirely new brand of Pardál. Pardál substantially extended the existing brewery’s product range. Having a distinctly different flavour than Budweiser Budvar beer, it is primarily characterised by a stronger bitterness. What also makes the Pardál brand interesting is the fact that 300 men from within its future consumers were directly involved in the development of the sensory properties. This procedure had been entirely unique in the world until then, subsequently being copied by several Czech breweries.

2007

The sale of Danish beer Carlsberg launched

Budweiser Budvar entered into an exclusive import agreement with the Danish beer producer Carlsberg Breweries on the import and sale of the Carlsberg premium lager brand in the Czech Republic.

2007

Žatec Final Harvest

Žatec (Saaz) - Žatec Final Harvest: Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager came 2nd in the 'Dark Lager' category during the Expert Beer Tasting on the occasion of Žatec Final Harvest 2007.

World’s Best Lager

London - World’s Best Lager, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was awarded with a title the 'best lager in the world' in the competition of the British magazine "Beers of the World"

Dark Beer of the Year

Prague - Beer Friends Association: Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was placed 2nd in the 'Dark Beer of the Year' category by the Beer Friends Association. 

Beer of 2008

Prague - Beer of 2008, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the survey of the "Beer Courier" magazine readers concerning the most popular beer of the year.

The Czech Superbrand

Prague - The Czech Superbrand, The Budweiser Budvar brand was selected as one of 100 most important Czech brands by the Czech branch of the British organisation of independent experts Superbrands. The panel selected the Czech Superbrands from more than 2,000 brands active in the Czech market.

EFFIE - most effective advertisement

Prague - EFFIE, Pardál brand campaign "Pardál - one of us" came 2nd in the 'most effective advertisement' competition in the 'Campaign' category.

CZECH TOP 100

České Budějovice - CZECH TOP 100 , Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 1st in the survey of managers and analysts concerning the "Most Admired South Bohemian Company", at the same time ranking 3rd in the nationwide list in the "Foodstuffs and Tobacco Industries" category.

2008

The Best Newcomer in 2008' award

Prague - Consumer Choice: Pardál beer received the 'The Consumer Choice - The Best Newcomer in 2008' award.

Žatec Final Harvest 2008

Žatec (Saaz) - Žatec Final Harvest, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager came 2nd in the 'Dark Lager' category during the Expert Beer Tasting on the occasion of Žatec Final Harvest 2008.

Beer Friends Association Award

České Budějovice - Beer Friends Association Award: A silver medal for Pardál draught beer in the best beers of 2008 competition.

Bronze medal for Budějovický Budvar

České Budějovice - Beer Friends Association Award, a bronze medal for Budějovický Budvar draught beer in the best beers of 2008 competition. 

Beer EURO 2008

Bern - Beer EURO 2008, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager won in the Beer European Championship organised by the Swiss weekly Sonntag. The editorial board selected 16 European countries in the beer contest, subsequently electing one beer brand from each country.

Czech Maltsters Prize

Kostelec nad Černými lesy -  Czech Maltsters Prize: Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager came 2nd in the 'pale lager' category in the 15th Czech Maltsters Prize.

The best beers of 2008

České Budějovice - Beer Friends Association Award: Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager became the Dark Lager of 2008 in the best beers of 2008 competition.

Brewery of the Year

České Budějovice - Beer Friends Association Award: Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 2nd in the 'Brewery of the Year' category.

Czech TOP 100

České Budějovice - Czech TOP 100, Budějovický Budvar Brewery came 1st in the survey of managers and analysts concerning the "Most Admired South Bohemian Company".

Beer Friends Association Award

České Budějovice - Beer Friends Association Award: Mr. Josef Tolar, a maltster and Budějovický Budvar Brewery's Production Technology Manager was presented as the maltster of 2008 in the Czech Republic.

2009

The beer sales surpass the annual limit of 1.25 million hectolitres

2009

Dark Lager of 2009

Prague - Beer Friends Association Award, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was awarded a silver medal in the 'Dark Lager of 2009' category in the survey of  the Beer Friends Association members

Czech special beers

Znojmo - "Znojemský hrozen 2009", Special beer BUD Premier Select came second in the Czech special beers competition.

Red Apple 2009

Moscow - Red Apple 2009, a TV commercial spot for the Pardál brand was awarded a silver medal at the advertising and marketing international festival.

Golden Drum

Portorose - Golden Drum, a TV commercial spot for the Pardál brand was awarded a "Silver Drum" at the international advertising festival.

Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting

Prague - The Czech Brewers Maltsters Association, Josef Tolar – Budějovický Budvar Brewery's long-term ex-maltster received the highest possible award in the Czech Republic as he entered the “Hall of Fame of Czech brewing and malting”.

2010

Monde Selection - Grand gold medal

Wiesbaden - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a Grand gold medal for extraordinary quality and a diploma.

Monde Selection, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

Wiesbaden - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager with a gold medal and a diploma.  

Monde Selection, Pardál Echt

Wiesbaden - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Pardál Echt Pale Lager with a gold medal and a diploma.

Australian Beer Award

Melbourne - Australian Beer Award, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager came 3rd in the international competition where 1,170 beer samples of 34 countries were evaluated.

Monde Selection

Wiesbaden - Monde Selection, The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a Grand gold medal for extraordinary quality and a diploma.

Zlatý Louskáček 2009, campaign category

Prague, "Zlatý Louskáček 2009":  An advertising campaign for the Pardál brand was awarded the 1st prize in the 'campaign' category.

Zlatý Louskáček 2009, TV commercial spot

Prague - "Zlatý Louskáček 2009",  a TV commercial spot for the Pardál brand was awarded a 1st prize in the "TV commercials" category

Zlatý Louskáček 2009, Client of the Year

Prague - "Zlatý Louskáček 2009", Budějovický Budvar brewery was awarded the title "Client of the Year" as a client who supports original and Czech creative advertising most.

2011

Budweiser Budvar launches non-returnable "KeyKeg" kegs on the market

Budweiser Budvar launched 20 and 30-litre non-returnable (one-way) kegs for drawn beer, which were quite uncommon in Czech circumstances. The KeyKeg system basically works on the same principle as the popular beer tanks - the beer is filled into an internal sack made from a special foil that is completely impervious to air, thus providing the beer with top microbiological and sensory quality.

2011

A new concept of brand "In Loco Budweiser Budvar Restaurants"

The first restaurant In Loco (in translation "At the right place") was opened at the Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice. The restaurant brings a new modern interior and great gourmet experiences to its guests. The concept is based on the idea of the "big" world (and worldly-wise people) meeting the world of the obstinate and somewhat peculiar South Bohemian temperament and culture. The Budweiser Budvar brand constitutes a link between these two worlds, knowing both worlds and having been able to establish itself within both of them.

2011

Brussels, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

 The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager with a gold medal and a diploma. 

Brussels, Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer

The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer with a silver medal and a diploma. 

Brussels, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager

The Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager with a gold medal and a diploma. 

2012

Somersby

As of June 1st, Budweiser Budvar became the exclusive importer of Somersby apple cider brand in the Czech Republic. Somersby is the premium brand of the Danish group Carlsberg Breweries.

2012

The first batch of Bud B: STRONG beer from fresh hops

On August 25th, the historically first batch of special beer BUD was brewed using fresh hops. Fresh hop cones rank amongst the rarest brewing ingredients, as they must be processed instantly after their harvest, therefore on the same day they were picked. For that reason they are only used infrequently in brewing. In 2012, Budweiser Budvar was the only brewery to brew beer from fresh hops. The used hops of the Saaz “poloraný červeňák” strain were harvested on the “Splav” hop field, which belongs to the famous locality of the “Golden Stream Valley” in the cadastre of the hop-growing municipality of Blšany.

2012

New glasses for the Budweiser Budvar brand

In August 2012, the brewery began a complete replacement of its beer glasses for draft beer of the Budweiser Budvar brand. The entirely new collection of glassware includes beer jugs, beer glasses and goblets. The design and the comprehensive conception of the whole range were designed by the internationally renowned Czech designer Rony Plesl.

2012

International Beer Challenge, Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer

London - Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer was awarded a bronze medal.

Beer Friends Association Award, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

Litoměřice - Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager won the category of “Dark beer of the year”.

International Beer Challenge, special beer BUD

London - special beer Bud Premier Select received a silver medal.

“Pivo, Bier & Ale” Magazine 2012 Annual Awards, Budweiser Budvar beer glassware

Prague - the beer glassware collection for the Budweiser Budvar brand won in the category of “2012 most impressive new beer glass”.

Louskáček 2012, “The winning challenge” advertising campaign

Prague - “The winning challenge” advertising campaign for the Budweiser Budvar brand was awarded a gold “Louskáček” in the “Online“ category.

Louskáček 2012, Pardál labels

Prague - Pardál brand labels were awarded a bronze “Louskáček” in the “Media” category.  

Louskáček 2012, advertisement for Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer

Prague - the advertisement for Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer was awarded a bronze “Louskáček in the “Outdoor“ category.

Louskáček 2012, Pardál labels

Prague - Pardál brand labels received a bronze “Louskáček” in the “Direct marketing” category.

Louskáček 2012, “The winning challenge” advertising campaign

Prague - “The winning challenge” advertising campaign for the Budweiser Budvar brand was awarded a silver “Louskáček” in the “Campaign“ category.

Louskáček 2012, advertisement for Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer

Prague - the advertisement for Budweiser Budvar Non-Alcoholic Beer was awarded a silver “Louskáček” in the “Print“ category.

The Czech and Moravian Beer Academy 2012 Annual Awards, brewery

Prague - Budweiser Budvar Brewery became the winner in the category of “Breweries with annual sales over 500,000 hectolitres”.

Louskáček 2012, brewery

Prague – Budweiser Budvar Brewery was presented the “Client of the year” in the “Louskáček” competition as a client who supports the original Czech creative advertising most.

2013

Brewery's own can-filling hall

On 14.2.2013 a new can-filling hall was put into operation, having the hourly capacity of the beer filler of 16,800 cans.

2013

World Beer Awards, special beer BUD Premier Select

Norwich - special beer BUD Premier Select came first in the "Strong Lager" beer style, being presented as the World's Best Strong Lager.

Monde Selection, Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager

Stockholm - Them Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections awarded Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager a gold medal and a diploma.

Beer Friends Association Award, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

Vyškov - Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager came second in the category of “Dark beer”.

“Pivo, Bier & Ale” Magazine 2013 Annual Awards, special beer BUD Premier Select

Prague - special beer BUD Premier Select Limited Edition brewed using fresh hops was awarded “The Best Limited Edition Sold in 2013”.

Czech Brewers and Maltsters Association, journalist beer

Prague – Budweiser Budvar Premium Lager became the third most favoured beer in the category of “The journalist beer”.

Czech Brewing History Clubs Association, Budweiser Budvar brand’s beer mat

Tábor - 2nd place in the 19th Nicest beer mat competition - A knight with a clock for the Budweiser Budvar brand

PARKÁN COLLECTORS CLUB of beer souvenirs, Budweiser Budvar brand’s beer mat

Tábor - 1st place in the Nicest beer mat competition - A knight with a clock for the Budweiser Budvar brand.

Superbrand Brand Council, Budweiser Budvar brand

Prague - the Budweiser Budvar brand was selected into the Czech Superbrands.

Louskáček 2013, “NO” campaign

Prague - the campaign for the Budweiser Budvar brand called “NO” received the main Grand prix prize.

Louskáček 2013, non-alcoholic search tool

Prague - The "non-alcoholic search tool" for Budweiser Budvar brand’s non-alcoholic beer was awarded a bronze “Louskáček” in the "Media" category.

Louskáček 2013, “NO” campaign

Prague - the campaign for the Budweiser Budvar brand called “NO” received a gold “Louskáček” in the “Campaign" category.

Louskáček 2013, “NO” gallery

Prague - As a part of the “NO” campaign for the Budweiser Budvar brand, the “NO gallery” was awarded a gold “Louskáček” in the "Online campaign" category.

Louskáček 2013, non-alcoholic search tool

Prague - The "non-alcoholic search tool" for Budweiser Budvar brand’s non-alcoholic beer was awarded a silver “Louskáček” in the "Other interactive tools" category.

Louskáček 2013, “NO” TV commercial

Prague - the TV commercial for the Budweiser Budvar brand called “NO” with Jan Tříska was awarded a gold “Louskáček” in the "TV/cinema" category.

Louskáček 2013, Pardál campaign

Prague - The Pardál brand’s campaign called “Pardál School of fine-tuning” was awarded a silver “Louskáček” in the "Online campaign" category.

EFFIE, “NO” campaign

Prague - the "NO" advertising campaign was awarded a silver EFFIE in 2013 most efficient advertising campaign in the category of “beverages”.

POPAI AWARDS 2013, Pardál beer vending machine

Prague - a beer vending machine - an atypical stand for Pardál beer, came first in the “Prize for creativity” category.

POPAI AWARDS 2013, Pardál beer vending machine

Prague - a beer vending machine - an atypical stand for Pardál beer, came first in the “Best material and technical innovation” category.

POPAI AWARDS 2013, Pardál beer vending machine

Prague - a beer vending machine - an atypical stand for Pardál beer, came first in the ““Other (import, prototypes, samples)” category.

Beer Friends Association Award, brewery

Vyškov - Budweiser Budvar was awarded as the “Brewery of 2013”.

The Czech and Moravian Beer Academy 2013 Annual Awards, brewery

Prague - Budweiser Budvar Brewery became the winner in the category of “Breweries with annual sales over 500,000 hectolitres”.

2014

Redesign of all packaging

The main objectives of the project were to harmonize the look of the packaging with the brand’s values, enable a better recognition of the products by a consumer, decrease the number of label versions and increase the output of the bottle filling rooms.

2014

Budvar launched special beer B: CRYO on the market

On 12th November, a revolutionary innovation called Budweiser Budvar B: CRYO was launched on the Czech market. It is a super special beer produced using a patent-protected procedure of a so-called cryoconcentration technology in the bottle: freezing the water in beer gives rise to a highly concentrated beverage with a gravity of 40, bitterness of 60 EBC and 21% ABV. Using special tapping equipment, B:CRYO is pushed out of the bottle and the guests themselves draw the beverage into glasses. With this introduction, Budweiser Budvar established a brand new beer category, as the cryoconcentration procedure is unique worldwide as well as patent-protected.  

2014

Golden barrel PIVEX, Pardál draught beer

Brno - draft beer Pardál won the third place in the competition of keg beers. This contest was exceptional by evaluating freshly drawn beer, as most competitions evaluate samples from bottles.

Pivo, Bier & Ale Magazine Annual Awards for 2014, pale lager Budweiser Budvar

Prague - pale lager Budweiser Budvar B:ORIGINAL received the 2014 Annual prize for long-term high quality of beer.

World Beer Cup, Pardál Echt Pale Lager

Denver (USA) - Pardál Echt Pale Lager won a bronze medal in the category of "Bohemian-Style Pilsener". The competition is probably the biggest in the world - 4,754 beer samples from 1,403 breweries of 58 countries were registered. Pardál Echt made it among 53 samples in its category.

Beer Friends Association Prize, dark lager Budweiser Budvar

Únětice - dark lager Budweiser Budvar B:DARK was awarded the 3rd place in the "Dark Beer" category.

WorldStar Packaging Awards, beer “PardálOVO bezové”

Barcelona (Spain) - a special "May Pack" for two cans of a mixed beverage from beer “PardálOVO bezové” received a gold star in the worldwide competition organized by the World Packaging Organization.

Golden Drum, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

Portorož (Slovenia)a commercial for Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager won gold in the prestigious “Film” category.

 

(Beer Friends Association Prize, Budweiser Budvar Brewery

Únětice - Budweiser Budvar Brewery came 3rd in the "Brewery of the Year” category.

Czech and Moravian Brewing Academy Annual Award, Budweiser Budvar Brewery

Prague - Budweiser Budvar Brewery won in the category of breweries with sales over 500,000 hl.

2015

Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the brewery's founding

Throughout the whole year, Budweiser Budvar commemorated the 120th anniversary of its founding. During the year, several limited anniversary-themed editions of beer appeared on the market, including pale unfiltered yeast lager in barrels. The anniversary motif was part of many souvenirs (e.g. ceramic beermats, metal signs, bottle openers, sets of historical photographs, beer jugs, tankards with lids etc.). The brewery also organized a series of cultural events, such as the publication of a book about the history of Budweiser Budvar, the reconstruction completion of the multimedia exposition "The Story of Budweiser beer", theatrical tours of the brewery with acted scenes in period costumes and an Open Day in Budvar.

2015

Extending pressure tanks

Using two giant cranes, 10 new pressure tanks produced by the German company of Ziemann were installed in the brewery on 1st and 2nd October. These tanks are used as reservoirs of the finished beer just prior to its bottling, or filling in cans or kegs. The tanks are made of stainless steel, having a diameter of 3.6 m, height of 14 m, weight of 8 tons and volume of 1,000 hectolitres. The investment doubled the capacity of the existing pressure tanks onto 20,000 hectolitres.

2015

Reconstruction of the bottling plant

In August, a general reconstruction of the bottling plant on Prague Street in České Budějovice was completed. The building from 1972 was originally designed to produce 40,000 bottles per hour. After extensive investment into the manufacturing and technical facilities of the bottling room, the capacity of the bottling lines has reached about 80,000 bottles per hour in recent years, and the bottling plant ceased to suffice the needs of the brewery for many reasons. Besides the exchange of media distribution and the construction of comfortable facilities for employees, the building was provided with a new facade.

2015

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague, a GRAND PRIX for the Budweiser Budvar B:DARK campaign

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague - a video spot advertising the dark lager Budweiser Budvar B:DARK was awarded a gold medal in the “TV/cinema” category.

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague - a campaign for the dark lager Budweiser Budvar B:DARK was awarded a gold medal in the “Campaign” category. 

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague - a video spot advertising the dark lager Budweiser Budvar B:DARK was awarded a gold medal in the “Craft” category for its skilled level of directing, editing, visual effects and production.

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague - the “Knight” campaign was awarded a bronze medal in the “Design” category.

Art Directors Club Creative Awards 2015 (formerly “Louskáček” award)

Prague - Budweiser Budvar was presented the “Client of the Year”, i.e. a contracting authority that supports the original and authentic Czech advertising creative activity most. 

Beer Friends Association Prize

Mžany - Budweiser Budvar Brewery came third in the category of “Brewery of the Year”. 

Czech Innovation, the special beer Budweiser Budvar B:CRYO

Prague - the special beer Budweiser Budvar B: CRYO gained recognition of the Czech Innovation 2014 competition’s director for a breakthrough in the traditional industry. 

Great International Beer and Cider Competition, Czechvar Pale Lager

Providence, Rhode Island (USA) - the pale lager Czechvar was awarded a gold medal in the “Bohemian Pilsner” category.

U.S. Open Beer Championship, Czechvar Dark Lager

Oxford, Ohio (USA) - the dark lager Czechvar was awarded a bronze medal, with 4,000 beer and cider samples in 85 beer styles being evaluated. 

European Beer Star, Pardál Echt Pale Lager

Nuremberg - the pale lager Pardál Echt was awarded a bronze medal in the “Bohemian-Style Pilsner” category, with 1,957 beer brands in 55 categories from 45 countries taking part.

Pivo, Bier & Ale Magazine Annual Awards for 2015, the anniversary lager Budweiser Budvar

Prague - a limited edition of the unfiltered yeast lager Budweiser Budvar marking the 120th anniversary of the brewery’s founding received the “Annual prize” in the category of the “Lager Brewed on the Occasion of the Brewery’s Founding Anniversary” by the professional monthly magazine of “Pivo, Bier & Ale”.

Beer Friends Association Prize, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager

Mžany - the dark lager Budweiser Budvar B:Dark won in the "Dark Beer of the Year" category.

2016

Surpassing a 50-million hectolitre limit

Budweiser Budvar surpassed another magic threshold in its history, confirming the long-term trend of an increasing interest in Budweiser Budvar and Pardál beer brands. On Thursday, 11th February 2016 the total amount of beer brewed at this brewery exceeded the volume of 50 million hectolitres. In the first year after its founding (business year 1895/1896) the brewery's total amount sold was 35,223 hectolitres.

2016

Just drawn lager

In mid-March, a beer specialty called JUST DRAWN LAGER appeared on the market. It is non-pasteurized pale lager Budweiser Budvar B: ORIGINAL, the bottles of which are taken off the production line just after the bottle filler, not undergoing pasteurization and other procedures at the bottling room. They are then quickly transported to shops. This beer is exclusively sold within the town of České Budějovice.