BUDVAR’S YEAST BEER REACHES “PERFECTION” NOW IT IS COMPLETELY UNFILTERED AS WELL AS UNPASTEURISED
Inspired by the success of Budvar’s unpasteurised Yeast Beer in the UK and a comment by Roger Protz that it would reach brewing perfection if only it were completely unfiltered Adam Broz, Budweiser Budvar’s brew-master, returned to the drawing board at the end of last year with brewer Ales Dvorak (the designer of Budvar’s dark lager) to see if they could brew a version that would achieve Protz-perfection . They have done it and this new treat for beer enthusiasts will be widely available in the UK from next month (February) completely superseding version number one.
By being completely unfiltered as well as unpasteurised Budvar’s revamped yeast beer raises the bar considerably. Being unfiltered means that it becomes a little hazy in appearance, a bit like a good wheat beer. Nowadays the hazy look being regarded as a bit cool and fashionable has led some brewers to induce it. Not so Budvar. Broz emphasises that the Budvar Yeast beer hazy-look is produced by a completely natural action of the yeast and is not the result of adding alien substances like pectin. Budvar’s yeast beer will now , he says, take drinkers a major step nearer to Budvar’s ultimate goal of making their beers taste in the bar as pristine as though they have just been drawn in the brewery cellars.
Now on sale throughout the Czech Republic the improved beer will be rolling out in the UK by mid-February. “We hope to have the first deliveries to our UK Yeast Beer outlets for Valentine’s Day” says Budvar UK’s sales director Joe Laventure.
In every other respect Budvar’s Yeast beer will continue to be brewed with the same care and patience as Original using the same top notch local ingredients in a 100 day brewing cycle. These include whole Saaz hops, malt from barley grown in the Hana valley in Moravia, a strain of yeast
resident at the brewery since 1895 and a water of celebrated purity from an ice age lake located 30 metres under the brewery in Southern Bohemia.
According to Laventure there were plenty of sceptics in the UK who said, in effect, that Budvar’s unpasteurised Yeast beer would never catch on because of what they alleged were the almost insuperable difficulties involved in handling a living product. In the event they have been proved wrong. “Given the right distribution, top class technical support and good cellar management and you have a best seller on your hands” he said.
Budvar Yeast Beer is the unpasteurised version of Budvar Original, encapsulating all the same taste cues and as fresh as if it were being drunk at the brewery tap.
Lord Clifden and Red Lion, Birmingham: Two great free houses in Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter with a fine selection of real ales both now stock Budvar’s unpasteurised Yeast beer.
The Old Badger Inn, Eastington, Glos: Formerly the Victoria the Old Badger has recently undergone a major make-over to become a great example of what a proper village pub ought to be, so it goes without saying it now has Budvar Original on Draught.
The Shell Bay Restaurant, Studland,Dorset: Studland bay’s great alfresco dining experience for complete bliss now offers Budvar Original on Draught.
Euxton Mills, Euxton, Chorley: Besides offering a fine selection of cask ales Euxton Mills now offers Budvar Original on draught. It also has a fine selection of spirits- having the reputation of being one of the most haunted pubs in England.
The Harvester, Long Itchington, Warks: One of the central points of the annual Long Itchington beer festival the Harvester, one of six thriving pubs in this village of 2,000 souls, much celebrated by CAMRA for the quality of its cask ales now becomes a Budvar unpasteurised Yeast beer stockist.
Fat Cat, 23 Alma st, Sheffield, S3 8SA www.thefatcat.co.uk
The Commercial, 107 Station Rd, Chapletown, S35 2XF www.thecommie.co.uk
Rutland Arms, 86 Brown St, Sheffield, S1 2BS www.rutlandarmspeople.co.uk
Cluny, 36 Lime St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ www.thecluny.com
The Maltings, Tanners Moat, York. YO1 6HU www.maltings.co.uk
Artichoke, Steam Mill St, Steam Mill , Canal front, Chester. CH3 5AN www.artichokechester.co.uk
Fly in the Loaf, 13 Hardman Street, Liverpool. L1 9AS www.flyintheloaf.co.uk
Rigbys, 23 – 25 Dale Street, Liverpool. L2 2EZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewery Tap, 1 Derwent St, Derby, DE1 2EN www.derbybrewing.co.uk
Greyhound, Ashbourne Rd, Derby, DE1 1FN www.greyhoundderby.com
Sun Inn, 67 Church st, Lancaster, LA1 1ET www.thesunhotelandbar.co.uk
Palatine, The Crescent, Morecombe, LA6 5BZ www.thepalatine.co.uk
Duke Of Edinburgh, Abbey Rd, Barrow in Furness, LA14 5QR www.dukeofedinburghhotel.co.uk
The Mill, Town Mill, Mill st, Ulveston, LA12 7EB www.mill-at-ulveston.co.uk
Riverside, 1 Mowbray St, Sheffield, S3 8EN www.riversidesheffield.co.uk
The Nook, 7 Victoria Square, Holmfirth, HD9 2DN www.thenookholmfirth.co.uk
Cask Bar, 29 Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4NQ
Lockside Lounge, 75-89 Upper Walkway, West Yard, Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF www.locksidelounge.com
The Antelope, 76 Mitcham Road, London, SW17 9NG www.theantelopepub.com
The Grapevine 2 Victoria Road Exmouth Devon EX8 1DL
Mooch 76, 76 Church walk, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. RH15 9AS mooch76.co.uk
Lord John Russell, 91 Marchmount Street, Bloomsbury, London. WC1N 1AL
Crown, 108 Blackfriars Bridge Road, London. SE1 8HW the-crown-london.co.uk
Banana Store, 1 Cathedral Street, Southwark, London. SE1 9DE bananastore.co.uk
Draft House, 206 Tower Bridge Road, Tower Hill, London. SE1 2UP drafthouse.co.uk
Draft House, 74 Battersea Bridge Road, Clapham, London. SW11 3AG drafthouse.co.uk
Draft House, 43 Goodge Street, London. W1T 1TA drafthouse.co.uk
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