Hops

It is the magic plant of hops that gives beer its refreshing briskness. Whole cones of Saaz hops (Žatecký poloraný červeňák), which ranks amongst the best-quality and most expensive hops in the world, are used in brewing all of the Budweiser Budvar brand's beers.

No hop granulates, extracts or other hop substitutes are added to any beer of the Budweiser Budvar family.

Did you know that…

Common hop (Humulus lupulus) is a dioecious, perennial, herbaceous climbing plant in the Cannabaceae family, which is used in brewing. The female flowers (hop cones) contain bitter substances that provide beer with flavour and aroma. Since the flowers lose their quality after pollination, it is vital to make sure no male plants occur in the hop field. The first historical mention about using hops to flavour beer comes from a document by Pepin the Short, King of the Franks of 768.

The uniqueness and originality of České Budějovice beer is also recognized by the European Union, which entitled the beer to use the "Protected Geographical Indication" logo in 2004. Such an indication can only be granted to products strongly connected with their place of origin and produced using exactly specified, distinctive and traditional procedures. The "Protected Geographical Indication" guarantees the customers will not buy a non-genuine product.

Water

No beer can be brewed without water, but where to find pure and limpid clean water directly from the heart of the Earth whose flavour would perfectly match the malt and hops?

Only in the depth of several hundred metres, where our artesian wells are. This water is ecologically immaculate and so clean that it needs no chemical treatment, such as adding chlorine or softening agents. The water is substantially instrumental in the characteristic flavour of our beer, thus making it a real rarity.

The technology and principle of the artesian wells were already known in Ancient Syria and Egypt. However, only their common use in the former French province of Artois, where many artesian wells were drilled by Carthusian monks in the 12th century, gave them their name, which has been the synonym of a source of tasteful and quality water till today.

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The occurrence of such connected underground water tunnels gives rise to oases in desserts.

Malt

Good-quality malt is essential for anyone who wants to brew good beer. Since all beers of the Budweiser Budvar brand are excellent ones, the malt used during their brewing must be of top quality.

Therefore we only use pale malt made from the grains of the best Czech strains of spring barley, which is grown on the sunny stretches of the Moravian region of Haná. It is our best barley and the malt arisen from it thus counts amongst the best-quality barley in the world. It is the malt that provides our beer with its inimitable golden colour and impeccable full flavour.

The production of malt is called malting and takes place in malt-houses. Malt actually means germinated cereal grains that have been dried. Malting grains develop the enzymes required to modify the grain's starches into simple fermentable sugars later in the brewing house (mashing process).