Krusovice Brewery, location and history

Krušovice beer – imported VS licensed

The Krušovice brewery in the Czech Republic dates back to the 16th century. It was first mentioned in 1581, but there is evidence that beer has been brewed here since time immemorial. It became famous and gained fame thanks to the emperor and the Czech king Rudolf II, who bought the brewery from its former owner Jiří Birky in 1583.

Fantastic rumors circulated about the Royal Brewery long before this event. In 1571 the Czech nobility was given the go-ahead to brew their own beer and this was followed by a special place near the town of Rakovník where the tasty beverage was brewed. Rumor has it that folk festivals, dances and songs were held there around the clock. The locals asked the owner to change the location of the brewery and move it away from the settlement, which resulted in it being in a more favorable location: the nearby black earth territories provided a rich harvest of barley and malt. In the nearby forests, workers extracted the mildest pure water.

The company also experienced hard times. During the Thirty Years’ War it was repeatedly robbed and set on fire. But the factory was quickly restored to operation. In 1685 Arnošt Josef Valdštejn renewed the instruments there. After his death the company became the property of the family of Prince Fürnstenberk. For two centuries she contributed to its development, equipping it with the most modern technology of the time. Towards the twentieth century, a hundred batches a year were brewed here. In 1891 the production was awarded a gold medal at the Prague Industrial Jubilee Exhibition.

The Krusovice brewery has changed a lot since then, but the main traditions and ingredients of the recipe have been preserved. One of the most important components is the famous Zatecky hops, sun-saturated malt and soft well water.

How to get to Krusovice

The brewery is relatively close to Prague, halfway from the city of Karlovy Vary. If you want to get there on your own and find out the recipe for Krusovice Lager, you can go there by car. The road takes just under an hour. However, this is an inconvenient option for those who plan to taste different varieties.

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There are two ways to get from Prague to the Royal Brewery on your own:

  • Take the bus (Bus 560400 2) from the Hradčanská subway station. Departure is at 13:25. Only on weekdays.
  • Take the bus (Bus 310610 48) from the metro station Hradčanská, go to Nové Strašecí, take the bus (Bus 310550 4) to Krusovice. In this case the trip will take from one to two hours.

Beer varieties and recipes The brewery produces about eight varieties of the original drink. All of them are memorable for their unusual and unique taste.

Every recipe for Krusovice pale beer that is available has no analogues. This is what makes it so popular. It is made with top-class ingredients. The most important components are crystal clear water, thanks to which the taste is characterized by a pleasant mildness, amazing aroma and flavor.

And how many delightful words can be said about the rich dark beer, which captivates with its original notes and perfect taste.

The most popular is Krušovice Černé, a dark lager with a delightful caramel color and considerable pleasant bitterness. Also, light and special light Mušketýr, wheat lager and semi-dark lager are brewed at the brewery.

It is better to try all kinds at the brewery. So you can experience the centuries-old tradition and take away with you an unforgettable experience.

A tour of the Krusovice brewery in the Czech Republic

Krusovice brewery

Today I decided to tell you about our excursion to the Krusovice factory, which was in June 2012. The excursion was a part of a trip to Karlovy Vary with the company “Schweik-Tour”. I have told about the excursions in Prague here before.

The tours at the Krusovice factory are held in groups – they are held by an employee of the factory or some local one. In the photo is our bus, on which we already went to Orlik last year. Before visiting the brewery you can go to the store with souvenirs and, of course, beer. I bought myself a T-shirt and a special spoon for cutting beer. I will write about beer cutting at some point, so subscribe to the latest posts so you don’t miss it. For those who are going to visit the Krusovice brewery – tour information at the very end of the article.

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A view from the top platform on the courtyard of the brewery. Buses with tourists are waiting for their time. This is where the tour of the brewery begins. An employee asks one of the tourists to be her assistant – be sure to agree, at the end you are in for a little surprise. The job is that you will be given a bright vest and you have to go to the end of the group behind, because it is supposed to be so on safety. I volunteered to be that helper. Well, the tour of the Krusovice factory has begun.

There are trays and crates of empty bottles and kegs everywhere in the factory.

Empty kegs for beer.

The brewery is clean and cultured. Everyone drives on the markings and doesn’t race. And pedestrians can only walk on the zebra without crossing the blue line.

We approach the first building and go into the hall. There is a beer brewing vat set up in section and several more vats where the process is already underway. You can even look into one.

You are not allowed to touch the vats or turn any taps.

Outside there are crates of empty bottles of various brands.

Boxes with empty bottles of Krusovice. All the crates on the street stand with containers. You can’t store finished beer in the heat.

Unfortunately I have no information on this keg and this cabin, which is already quite battered by time. Apparently someone lived here or there was something important to the history of the brewery.

There are crates and bottles everywhere. And here is already fresh beer containers. The thing is, in the Czech Republic they don’t melt glass containers, they just wash them.

I don’t know what that is. Maybe storages for grain, malt or water.

We walk right up to the production facility. There is a smoker next to the entrance where workers and drivers rest on their forklifts. The truck on the right comes in to load with foam.

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The hallways are bright and there are posters on the walls with pictures of the history of the plant from as far back as possible. A blue stripe on the wall probably informs us that this is a tourist route.

While the whole group skipped ahead, I, as the one trailing behind, lagged behind a bit and peeked into one of the rooms. Some sort of small meeting room. Here they work through the current issues of getting the Russian nation drunk and taking over the world

Krusovice

The Czech Republic is famous for its breweries, among which is the Krusovice brewery. Beer connoisseurs enjoy visiting the brewery to see the brewing process with their own eyes.

The Krušovice brewery in the Czech Republic dates back to the 16th century. It was first mentioned in 1581, but there is evidence that beer has been brewed here since time immemorial. It became famous and gained fame thanks to the emperor and the Czech king Rudolf II, who bought the brewery from its former owner Jiří Birky in 1583.

Fantastic rumors circulated about the Royal Brewery long before this event. In 1571 the Czech nobility was given the go-ahead to brew their own beer and this was followed by a special place near the town of Rakovník where the tasty beverage was brewed. Rumor has it that folk festivals, dances and songs were held there around the clock. The locals asked the owner to change the location of the brewery and move it away from the settlement, which resulted in it being in a more favorable location: the nearby black earth territories provided a rich harvest of barley and malt. In the nearby forests, workers extracted the mildest pure water.

The company also experienced hard times. During the Thirty Years’ War it was repeatedly robbed and set on fire. But the factory was quickly restored to operation. In 1685 Arnošt Josef Valdštejn renewed the instruments there. After his death the company became the property of the family of Prince Fürnstenberk. For two centuries she contributed to its development, equipping it with the most modern technology of the time. Towards the twentieth century, a hundred batches a year were brewed here. In 1891 the production was awarded a gold medal at the Prague Industrial Jubilee Exhibition.

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The Krusovice brewery has changed a lot since then, but the main traditions and ingredients of the recipe have been preserved. One of the most important components is the famous Zatecky hops, sun-saturated malt and soft well water.

How to get to Krusovice

The brewery is relatively close to Prague, halfway from the city of Karlovy Vary. If you want to get there on your own and find out the recipe for Krusovice Lager, you can go there by car. The road takes just under an hour. However, this is an inconvenient option for those who plan to taste different varieties.

There are two ways to get from Prague to the Royal Brewery on your own:

  • Take the bus (Bus 560400 2) from the Hradčanská subway station. Departure is at 13:25. Only on weekdays.
  • Take the bus (Bus 310610 48) from the metro station Hradčanská, go to Nové Strašecí, take the bus (Bus 310550 4) to Krusovice. In this case the trip will take from one to two hours.

The brewery produces about eight varieties of the original drink. All of them are memorable for their unusual and unique taste.

Every recipe for Krusovice pale beer that is available has no analogues. This is what makes it so popular. It is made with top-class ingredients. The most important components are crystal clear water, thanks to which the taste is characterized by a pleasant mildness, amazing aroma and flavor.

And how many delightful words can be said about the rich dark beer, which captivates with its original notes and perfect taste.

The most popular is Krušovice Černé, a dark lager with a delightful caramel color and considerable pleasant bitterness. Also, light and special light Mušketýr, wheat lager and semi-dark lager are brewed at the brewery.

It is better to try all kinds at the brewery. So you can experience the centuries-old tradition and take away with you an unforgettable experience.

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Excursions

This place can be visited with a group of other tourists. Various excursions are often found in the offers of tour operators. You can choose trips combined with a visit to Karlovy Vary, Kršivoklát Castle or the Glassworks of Nežbor. Usually the trip costs about 25-30 EUR per person.

After entering the factory you will be taken to the first hall, where you will be told about all the stages of production and the components used. Then you will be shown the hall where you will see the bottling process in barrels, cans and bottles. The tour lasts about half an hour, but it’s enough time to get an idea of the history and the basic processes of production. You will also have the opportunity to taste the beer.

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