Do you remember the first time you flew first-class? Sitting up there with your extra leg room, edible meals, and thinking, “why on earth would I ever go back to coach?” The same experience can be had at Pivovar Hostivar (and for a lot less than a first-class ticket.) The beers readily available in the Czech Republic are delicious, no doubt, but once you’ve tasted the brews at Pivovar Hostivar, you won’t be able to go back to flying coach. Milan Wimmer, CEO of Pivovar Hostivar, let us in on a few of their secrets:
Cityspy: The Czech Republic is famous for its beer…what is special about yours?
Wimmer: Our beer is made traditionally using water, malt and hops. Czech type beer is bottom-fermented, two-mash boiling process. In our permanent offer you can find 11° pale, 12°semi-dark and 13° pale beer. Our top-fermented beer is made using infusion method. In our permanent offer we have 10 Ale, 14 Red Ale or 14 Black Ale and 15 H-Ale. All kinds of beer are unfiltered and non-pasteurized. We want our customer to have the opportunity to taste our beer the way it was produced – not deprived of any taste or smell using filtration and pasteurization.
Cityspy: Why are unfiltered and unpasteurized beers superior?
Wimmer: During filtration the beer is disposed of brewer’s yeast, which is very beneficial for our beer. Therefore we do not want to filter our beer, in order to keep all the good, which we have used during the whole process. Pasteurization is heat treatment following filtration which pro-longs shelf-life. But we do not want to heat beer that has been already boiled, we think that beer is best fresh.
Cityspy: How long is the brewing process?
Wimmer: The process of boiling beer takes around 10 hours, compared to the term process of “beer production” which lasts a couple of weeks. In our brewery Hostivar it is at least 5 weeks for 12° lager.
Cityspy: How many beers are available? Are some seasonal?
Wimmer: There are usually 4 kinds of beer and one special in each of our restaurants. In both of our breweries we offer 11° pale and 12° semi-dark beer. In H1 you can find 13°pale beer and 15 H Ale, in the second brewery H2 we have 10 Ale and 14 Ale on the tap (in winter months called Black Ale 14 and in spring months called Red Ale 14).
Cityspy: The pivovar seems to have a close relationship with cyclists. What is the connection?
Wimmer: Part of both of our restaurants are brewers’ gardens, where cyclists can relax. Apart from that our “Hostivarska osmička“ was the first special made in 2013 aiming cyclists, who during their cycling trips prefer beer with lower alcohol volume. We are always happy to welcome cyclists in our gardens.
Cityspy: What is your most popular beer?
Wimmer: Our most popular beer is Hostivar 11 pale (bottom-fermented lager). Which corresponds to the most popular type of beer in the Czech Republic.
Cityspy: How did you decide what foods to serve on the menu?
Wimmer: We chose our menu so it suits traditional Czech meals, which fit best to beer. After all, in the past each brewery used to have brewer’s pigs, which benefited from being fed by brewer’s grains. That is why in our offer you can find brewery goulash, roasted pork knee, and roasted pork ribs. Apart from main dishes we offer “beer delicacy” such as utopenci (pickled sausages), crackling spread or very popular Šrol’s bacon.
Cityspy: Why did you decide to open a second location?
Wimmer: Brewery H2 resulted from the need to increase our capacity, as already in the third year from opening we were reaching our maximum capacity for volume of beer production. The demand for our beer was so high we had a hard time meeting the demand. Therefore, after lengthy hesitation we decided to build bigger brewery, which will be a backup of the original one. And, not only did we build an additional brewery but also a restaurant and bakery.
Cityspy: Do you hold any special events?
Wimmer: Yes, special events are very popular. In January there was a traditional “pig-slaughtering.” During the summer in the garden of H2 we have events with live music. In June we held Hostivarska 15, a 15 KM run through Hostivař.
109 00 Praha 15
Hornoměcholupská 750 / 115
109 00 Praha 15