The beer from České Budějovice is a worldwide known concept. Its origins date back to House of Přemyslid. The beer of a high quality had been – and still is – produced here. The beer was popular at the imperial as well as royal court already in the 16th century. This is the period when the ancient tradition so-called “the golden lane of the Czech breweries“ flowing from Plzeň to České Budějovice including its surroundings came gradually into being.

The representative and successor of this famous tradition is Budějovický Budvar Brewery. The exceptional quality of its beer has also been acknowledged by the European Union protecting the names “Budějovické pivo/Beer from Budějovice” and “Českobudějovické pivo/Beer from České Budějovice“ by means of the Protected Geographical Indication – PGI institute since 2004. The “Protected Geographical Indication“ is provided only to products with an excellent international reputation with a longterm tradition. Budějovický Budvar may use the prestigious logo on its products, guaranteeing the quality of raw materials, original production procedures and the traditional place of origin.

There are also several small-breweries, besides the large ones, brewing excellent beer. The popularity of their beer has been constantly growing. This also proves that České Budějovice is really a town of beer and one of the centres of the Czech brewing industry.

The information and photos included in this article were taken from the brochure "JIHOČESKÝ REGION, ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA - INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE" prepared by the South Bohemian Chamber of Commerce.