Apr 01, 2024

April 27: Prague to Host Festival of Czech Monastery Beers

A celebration of Czech brewing history is coming to Prague!

On Saturday, April 27th, the Břevnov Monastery will host a festival featuring a selection of fresh draught beers from five renowned Czech monastery breweries.

Visitors can expect a delightful tasting experience, sampling brews from Klášterní pivovar Strahov, Vorkloster (Klášterní pivovar Porta Coeli), Klášterní pivovar Ossegg, Klášterní pivovar Želiv, and the host brewery, Břevnovský klášterní pivovar sv. Vojtěcha.

A special treat awaits beer enthusiasts: a unique collaborative brew created by the festival participants alongside leading specialists from Pilsner Urquell. Free entry.

About the Břevnov Monastery

The monastery at Břevnov, the first friary in Bohemia, was established by Boleslav II and St. Vojtěch on the 14th of January 993. A legend describes the origin of the monastery’s name according to a beam (břevno in Czech) lying in the fountain at which Boleslav II and St. Vojtěch met.

The monastery was rebuilt by Břetislav I around the year 1040, and then again in early-Gothic style in the time of abbot Bavor of Nečtiny around 1300. It was plundered by the Hussites and then again during the Thirty Years War. Today’s Baroque complex was realized gradually in the years 1708 – 1745 according to a project of Kryštof Dientzenhofer and his son Kilián Ignác.

The temple was built in 1708 – 1735 according to a project of Kryštof Dientzenhofer and Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer. It is a demonstration of Bohemian high-Baroque building construction.

There is an extensive garden adjoining the monastery, where the abbot’s summer house named Vojtěška is located, with a chapel above the fountain (the start of the Brusnice Stream), where the monastery was founded.

After the friars were expelled, the object was used by the Ministry of Interior and by the National Central Archive as a depository; after 1990, the property was returned to the Benedictine Order. In 1991 it was declared a National Cultural Monument.

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