Czech lent: Instead of bread and meat... beer!

We are very proud that the Brevnov brewery gives us the honor to produce a beer for our festival "Corfu meets Czech"

Czech lent: Instead of bread and meat... beer!

Czech beer brewing is a history that dates back to 10th century. In that time, brewing was primarily done at monasteries, where they were not allowed to consume solid food during Lent. But according to the principle of fasting "liquidum non frangit" (liquid bread wouldn’t break the fast) they could drink beer during this time. (Anyway, beer was not considered a drink, but a medicine.) For this reason, in the monasteries, before the beginning of Lent, they used to brew unfiltered strong beer – and so they do it still today.

In the Břevnov Monastery, the oldest still-functioning monastery in the Czech Republic, beer began to be brewed back in 993. It is said that the Bishop banned the Benedictine monks making beer because they should devote more time to God than to beer.

The brewery of the Břevnov monastery is the oldest in the Czech Republic, but the old tradition of brewing is still alive. In 2013, the brewery was reopened and today 3,000 hectoliters of beer are produced each year- not only the classic blonde but also some new beer types, using other varieties of hop and malt. The beer of the monastery is sold under the name "Břevnovský Benedict".

According to the same recipe a beer is produced in South Korea since 2016 under the brand Praha 993.

We are very proud that the Brevnov brewery gives us the honor to produce a beer for our festival "Corfu meets Czech"

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