Brewery Protivín

Brewery history

The brewery was established in 1540 or earlier…

The Schwarzenberg brewery in Protivín used to be the biggest brewery in the Prácheňský region. We do not know the exact day of the establishment of the brewery because of the lack of documents. However, we are sure that the brewery existed as early as in the first half of the 16th century.
Documents in the Schwarzenberg archive prove that on 29 November 1540 John of Pernstein gave Ondřej Ungnad of Sunek and his wife Bohunka the Protivín estate with all its accessories and pubs.

In 1551 Ondřej Ungand signed away the Protivín estate, with a fortress, brewery and a small town, to his second wife Anna. In 1554, while he and his wife were selling the estate to William of Rosenberg, they set the condition that some pubs in Hlubocko would sell beer exclusively from the Protivín brewery. In 1562 a note about the Protivín brewery and a hop garden appears in old documents.

Development of the Schwarzenberg dynasty

In 1711 the brewery was owned by the Schwarzenberg dynasty. Later, in 1892, the former sugar factory in Protivín was transformed into a vast malthouse. In the first years of its existence it produced over 25 tons of malt a year. Production according to Nathan, using carbon dioxide from the main fermentation, was first tested here. The brewery was therefore considered to be one of the best, not only because of the quality of the beers it produced, but also because of its innovative technologies.

Golden period

The golden age of the Protivín brewery was at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1896 the Protivín brewery produced 125,000 hectolitres of beer, in 1899 it produced 140,000 and in 1902 it produced as much as 147,745 hectolitres of beer. The beer was sold not only throughout the whole area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but also overseas. In that period the brewery owned warehouses in Prague, Pilsen, Vienna, Trieste, Zagreb, Berlin, New York and other cities around the globe. This golden era ended during WWI, when the brewery lost many of its foreign customers.

Nationalisation

In 1948 the brewery was nationalised. Between 1950 and 1952 the brewery was incorporated into the national company Jihočeské pivovary, with its registered office in České Budějovice. In 1953-1955 the owner of the Protivín brewery was changed and it became the key operational plant of the Pošumavské pivovary. Three years later, the brewery was returned to the national company Jihočeské pivovary, where it remained until the change of regime.

Rescue of the brewery by the town of Protivín

In June 2000 Jihočeské pivovary sold the Protivín Brewery to the town of Protivín, which became the 100% owner of the brewery. Buying the brewery saved it, because Jihočeské pivovary intended to gradually reduce the production and eventually close it. After the rescue, still in 2000, the town council decided to sell the brewery to a group of businessmen from Liberec.

Pivovary Lobkowicz Group

The newest chapter in the history of the Protivín Brewery started in February 2008, when it was bought by Pivovary Lobkowicz Group. The new owner is interested in following the best achievements in the history of the brewery and wants to develop it further. Pivovary Lobkowicz Group promises to brew classic lagers using traditional technologies. The intention of the company is to strengthen the position of the brewery in the region and to expand into foreign markets.

Technology and production

Own water, Žatec hops, the best Czech malt

The beer is produced from our own high-quality water, malts from the best varieties of Czech malting barley, Czech hops grown in the Žatec region and our own brewer’s yeast. It is vitally important to maintain the cleanliness and sterility of the production and quality control process from the start, i.e. the acceptance of ingredients until the final product.

Traditional maturation of lagers 30-50 days

The beer is produced by the traditional Czech method of bottom fermentation, in which the beer is brewed in the brewing room by the double mash decoction method (a production method that involves the boiling of mashes), with separate main fermentation and maturation. We apply the traditional Czech procedure, and therefore the period of maturation in the cellar is around 30-50 days.

Modern production equipment

Modern production equipment The equipment in the brewery has been significantly modernised recently. Not only has the central sanitation station been renewed and new beer filtration introduced, but also a new bottling line from the global producer Krones, which meets the most modern standards, has been installed. There has been modernisation of the propagation station and investments related to the introduction of new kinds of beer on the market, such as bottling equipment for 0.33l bottles. All these steps have led to an improvement in the beer production process, the quality control of the beer and an increase of the quality of the beer.

Exkurze do pivovaru

Chcete se dozvědet víc o výrobě piva Platan? Přiďte na exkurzi do Pivovaru Protivín. Poznejte jižní Čechy, malebnou krajinu rybníku a dobrého piva s tradicí sahajíci nejméně do 16. století.

Rezervace na čísle

+420 382 733 124

Exkurzi je nutné dohodnout předem minimálně 5 pracovních dnů před termínem exkurze. Prohlídku pivovaru je možné uskutečnit v pracovních dnech v době
od 8.00 do 15.00 hodin. Při vstupu do pivovaru je nutné předložit jmenný seznam všech účastníků exkurze. Výklad zajišťujeme pouze v českém jazyce, proto je nutné
si případně zajistit vlastního tlumočníka

Tickets

Number of persons Price per person
0-20 75 Kč
21-30 60 Kč
31-50 45 Kč

A group of less than 10 participants must pay 750 CZK incl. VAT. Payment only in cash. Tours within the educational programmes for schools are free of charge.

Naše zahradní restaurace

V areálu Pivovaru Protivín Vás čeká nově zrekonstruovaná restaurace Belveder s venkovní zahrádkou. Vchod se nachází u vrátnice pivovaru.

Přijďte na tankové nepasterizované pivo, pivní speciály či nealkoholické pivo a pochutnejte si na sezonních specialitách na grilu či z udírny. Po dohodě je možné v Belvederu pořádat soukromé akce, svatby, rauty nebo jakákoliv jiná společenská setkání.

Rezervace na číslech: +420 774 452 450, +420 606 668 898,+420 603 142 417

Otevírací doba:

Po – Pá: 10:30 – 22:00
So – Ne: 11:00 – 23:00

Aktuality

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Pivovaru Protivín a Pivovarů Lobkowicz

We are part of group Pivovary Lobkowicz

Pivovary Lobkowicz Group, a.s. is a company that endeavours to return to the tradition of Czech brewing industry.