Czech Republic Beer

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Today in 1918, the Czech Republic, then Czechoslovakia, gained their Independence from Austria-Hungary.

Czech Republic
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Czech Republic Breweries

Czech Republic Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: Research Institute Of Brewing; Czech Beer & Malt Association

National Regulatory Agency: Ministry of Agriculture,
Food Production Department

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: EU Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%

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  • Full Name: Czech Republic
  • Location: Central Europe, between Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria
  • Government Type: Parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Czech 94.9%, Slovak 2%, other 2.3%, unidentified 0.8%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 26.8%, Protestant 2.1%, other 3.3%, unspecified 8.8%, unaffiliated 59%
  • Capital: Prague (Praha)
  • Population: 10,177,300; 84th
  • Area: 78,867 sq km, 116th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than South Carolina
  • National Food: Vepřo knedlo zelo (roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut); Svíčková
  • National Symbols: Double-tailed Lion (Bohemia), Eagle (Moravia and Silesia); linden; Vltava (Bohemia), Morava (river) (Moravia)
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, January 1, 1993; Note: although January 1 is the day the Czech Republic came into being, the Czechs generally consider October 28, 1918, the day the former Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as their independence day

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 127

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pivo
  • How to Order a Beer: Pivo, pro-seem
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Nazdar or Na zdraví (“to your health”)
  • Toasting Etiquette: The most common toast is “Na zdravi!” which means “to your health,” upon which each person clicks glasses with everyone at the table. Make eye contact with each person you click glasses with, or you will be considered rude.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 57%
  • Wine: 16%
  • Spirits: 24%
  • Other: 3%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 14.97
  • Unrecorded: 1.48
  • Total: 16.45
  • Beer: 8.51

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 15 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Specific events, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Some
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: On September 14, 2012, the government of the Czech Republic banned all sales of liquor with more than 20% alcohol. From this date on it is illegal to sell (and/or offer for sale) such alcoholic beverages in shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, gas stations, e-shops etc. This measure was taken in response to the wave of methanol poisoning cases resulting in the deaths of 18 people in the Czech Republic. Since the beginning of the “methanol affair” the total number of deaths has increased to 25. The ban remains until further notice, though restrictions were eased towards the end of September.

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