Pivo Konrad • Czech Republic
In the 1990’s, scores of local Czech “pivovars” were shut down by mega international brewing corporations. Most were gone forever- dismantled or demolished. But In 2000, unemployed workers from the former Liberec Brewery in Northern Bohemia convinced investors to bring their once-proud factory back to life. Under the new brand name Konrad (honoring a 19th century brewer ) this reborn regional takes on the big boys by producing firmly traditional and well-crafted Czech lagers, made to the historical recipes with water from its own wells, classic Zatec hops, and local barley.
Konrad 14º is a classic Czech lager, but with more weight and more bitter hops than the typical Bohemian session beer. Golden, full-bodied, and loaded with fresh, clean Czech malt, the 14º finishes with a burst of noble Žatec (Saaz) hops.
*Czech beer names often consist of simply a number followed by the º sign, indicating the original gravity, not the alcohol percentage.