Pivovar Kout na Šumavě • Czech Republic
Kout na Sumavé, a small town in the Bohemian Forest near the German border, was a prosperous center for beer production until it’s local brewery was shut down in 1969. a local businessman bought the brewery building in 2003, took two years to clean and renovate it, and in 2006 brought in a master-brewer to create a new line of traditional Czech beers. The company has struggled to survive, but the undeniable integrity and quality of it’s products has gradually earned Kout followers and awards, in its home country and abroad.
Koutska 12º is the brewery’s flagship beer, and was named Czech “Lager of the Year” in 2010 (as almost all Czech beer is lager, let’s just say “best beer”). The 12º is an absolutely heavenly balance of rich, round, clean Czech malt and flowery, spicy Saaz hops- you’d be forgiven for not wanting to stop at one, or ten.
This is traditional Czech beer, made the old way-according to 200-year-old recipes-with it’s own well water and all-local barley and hops, using either double or triple decoction mash. It’s also open-fermented and unpasteurized-subsequently it has had to be shipped in cold containers, door-to-door, from Kout na Sumavé to Shelton Brothers, to preserve it’s unique quality as a “real lager”.