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Pivní Quinceañera

Černokostelecký Pivovár is inviting everyone to their 15th anniversary party next Saturday 19/3, and, if you are around, you shouldn't miss it. Seriously.
What these people have done is nothing short of amazing. 15 years ago they took over the ruins of a brewery that had been shut down by the Communists in the 1980s, and they've been carefully, slowly and painstakingly restoring it ever since.

Unlike most of the other “phoenix breweries”, Černokostelecký Pivovár is one of the few where the brewhouse wasn't scrapped after it was shut down. And the best about it? It could be said it's the heart of the restoration works and it should soon (this year, maybe, Vodouch?) come back to life. Now, bear in mind that this is not your puny, automated, computerised gear that you can see at pretty much every microbrewery. No, this is a 160 hl wood or coal fired bugger with two 80 hl coolships under the roof, and they will use it all for making beer. Even cynic cunt like me must acknowledge that there's something more than having a successful business that is driving these people, and “passion” is the best word I can come up with.
The coolships, which they hope will work fine.
Anyway, even if you can't make it next Saturday, do try to go someday to Černokostelecký Pivovár. Believe me, you will not regret it. For anyone with a even passing interest in brewing and its history, their museum is well worth a visit, not to mention having a look at the restored brewery; and their pub is really good, too, as are the beers from the in-house Minipivovar Šnajdr.

Na Zdraví!

Černokostelecký Pivovár
50°13'47.938"N, 14°5'19.052"E
Českobrodská 17 – Kostelec nad Černými lesy
+420 774 533 672 –
Mon-Sun: 11-23
Bus: 381, 387 – Kostelec n.Č.l.-náměstí (from Háje)


  1. Wow, how far is it from Prague?

  2. 40 Km East/South East of Prague. A visit here should be on the top ten list in Czech if you are into historical brewing and breweries.

  3. I'm looking into organising a visit for the brewery history society so it's on the list now and any other suggestions welcome

    1. Pivovar Dalešice is another one you may want to look into. Let me know if I can be of any help at least with Černokostelecký Pivovár


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