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Budweis Czech Republic - 700 Years Of Brewing Tradition
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Budějovice (German and English: Budweis) in the Czech Republic has long been well known for the beer brewed there since the 13th century. For a time the town was the imperial brewery for the Holy Roman Emperor, and Budweiser Bier (i.e. beer from Budweis) became, along with Pilsner from Plzeň (Pilsen), one of the best-known lagers.
The largest brewery in České Budějovice, founded in 1895, is "Pivovar Budějovický Budvar" (Budweiser Budvar Brewery) which has legal rights to market its beer under the "Budweiser" brand name in much of Europe. The same product has to be sold elsewhere under the names "Budvar" and "Czechvar" because of legal disagreements with Anheuser-Busch over the Budweiser brand.
The American lager was originally brewed as an imitation of the famous Bohemian original, but over time has attained remarkable commercial success. Anheuser-Busch has made offers to buy out the Czech brewing company in order to secure global rights to the name "Budweiser", but the Czech government has refused all such offers, regarding the Czech Budweiser name as a matter of national pride.
The real original czech Budweiser beer is one of the best beers I have tried and is up there with Pilsner Urquell as one of the best lagers in the world. It tastes so good. It makes me a little ashamed of what American taste has come to.
June 23rd, 2012
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