11.5% pale “Classic”, 12% pale “Flieger”, 12% dark “Elizabeth’s Royal”, 16% dark “Jubilee”, and 12% pale “The White of Hradec”
available in special bottles and kegs
The first evidence of beer brewing in Bohemia dates back to the beginning of 11th centrury. As early as in 1415, the Order of Hradec Králové specifies who wants and who may produce malts. The craft of Hradec maltsters was well organized even before the Hussite revolution (15th century). Neither should it be omitted that in 1499, about 8.4 acres of wheat or barley were put to one brewing batch, which amounted to 10 tubs of beer. The expression “the old measure of Hradec” had become a known notion within the whole area where the Hradec wheat beer—or, the White of Hradec—had been distributed.
Since 1701, beer had been allowed to be brewed in burgess houses and served there as well. In 1830, there were 42 pubs open in the mere area of the Great and Lesser Square’s and adjacent streets.
In association to the present and our Party Brewery, the interesting times came only after 1911. Then, Mr. Jaroslav Kratochvíl became the house owner and his son later on. The son had learnt the craft of glaziers and became erudite in creating vitraille. In that time, a new sport—aviation had appeared. It had completely seized the glazier, so he passed an exam at Masaryk’s Aviation School, Gliding Department, on 5th September 1934, and acquired the Pilot License A. Afterwards, he acquired the license B. Since then, he participated at many prestigious flying contests. In 1945, J. Kratochvíl and Oldøich Souèek, as ones of the first, began to fly in double-seat trophy gliders. Later again, J. Kratochvíl passed the exam for power planes and acquired the Pilot Diploma. He kept flying also as an instructor till the moment when the totalitarian regime has put the end to his flying by taking the propellers away.
With respect to the history of beer-brewing in Hradec Králové and to fortunes of dwellers of house no. 130, whose owners Mr. Jaroslav Kratochvíl and his wife Eliška possessed jointly one brewing right, a rebirth of beer production in the house was considered. The plan—to delight of all the involved—has come through, in 2002. And so some titles of our beer naturally follow the facts mentioned. For example, as a tribute to respected Mr. Jaroslav Kratochvíl—the lover of aviation, our pale beer has been titled “Flieger”. Or, “The White of Hradec” reminds of Hradec in the time around 1499.
The act of the brewery founding had followed 26 months of tough yet interesting work. Though a good deal of time had passed from the initial idea of 16th January 2000 till the first brewing, the time has brought on also fruits of the efforts. Our beer offering comprises the following basic types: 11.5% pale “Classic”, 12% pale “Flieger”, 12% dark “Elizabeth’s Royal”, 16% dark “Jubilee”, and 12% pale “The White of Hradec”. It surely is remarkable and undoubtedly also attractive a fact for our consumer that the micro-brewery—with aid of its brewer’s mysterious hands and craft—is prepared to produce beer to a customer’s wish. This capability is certainly unique widely.
And, what pleases us most? The true and unsophisticated interest in our beer won within such a short period of the production start, as evidenced also by the beer presentations at BRAU Beviale 2002 in Nuremberg on 13-15th November 2002 and at REGIONTOUR in Brno on 9-12th January of this year. It is worth mentioning that our beer has already travelled to a tasting in sunny California, USA. Both pale and dark types of our make have been submitted to tasting by Michael Jackson, the London-based, worldwide-respected beer connoisseur and author of many expert works. Our interim record goes on, though. Our friends not only in Germany, Spain, Wales, Denmark, but also in the Canary Islands have savoured our beer as well. As a true rarity, we want to mention the highest elevation, in which a bottle of our beer has been opened for refreshment: It was proper 2,426 m, on the summit of Roque de Los Muchachos, on La Palma island.
The long-lasting cooperation with the consumer is, naturally, our goal. The company philosophy comprises the individual and personal service, too. Our beer brand is a mark of quality and regional character. With a tour of our micro-brewery, we offer you a comprehensive introduction to the basics of the beer-brewing process. We invite you to make use of this opportunity!
All types of our beer are brewed right on the spot, in the area of less than 14 square metres in an old house with the traditional right of brewing. We use raw materials of the top quality in strict adherence to “Reinheitsgebot” (purity directive) of 1516, that is merely hop, malt, and natural water.
Brewing liquor is by volume the most important raw material for beer production. The liquor quality is strictly controlled. The characteristic beer flavour is, obviously, dependent on liquor used.
Genuine brewing barley is the basic raw material for our malts, specifically its select sorts from the famous Haná region (central Moravia).
In this component, too, we charily care for quality. As early as at the stage of malt selection, we are thoughtfully laying down the foundations of our beer foam high quality and stability. Hop< contributes to the foam, aromatic and incommutably delicious bitterish flavour of our beer. Hop is the seasoner of beer. Its bitter substances and essential oils are crucial for our product’s final quality. Active substance lupulin is responsible for the foam as well
as for the calming and “drowsy” effects of beer. (Exclusively, the aromatic Žatec hop sort is used for production.)
Yeast is important for the natural form of fermentation. The carbon dioxide produced by yeast enhances our beer with the crisp, fresh flavour.