“I hope that the beer brewed here will be good Czech beer, free from the obscure standards of the European Union,” said Klaus. His wish met with the enthusiastic agreement of lovers of good beer.
Monastery special on the way
The brewery was blessed by Fr. Antonín Krasucký OP, who is Prior of the nearby monastery. Thanks to the Dominican Order the brewery will also have a St. Jiljí (Giles) monastery special, continuing the tradition of monastery beers in Prague. As many of you will remember, the most famous of these was Svatotomášské beer (St. Thomas’), which is nowadays produced elsewhere, but can still be bought in the Augustinian Monastery in Malá Strana.
Old Town Tradition
“The House of the Three Silver Roses retains a vestige of the Romanesque look of the courtyard from the time before Old Town was fortified,” said historian Zdeněk Dragoun, who specialises in the ancient history of Prague. “When the town was fortified the courtyard was divided up. The earliest written record dates from 1406 when the building was owned by a brewer named Beneš. During the 15th century another two brewers are known to have worked here, so it’s safe to say that beer was brewed here on a commercial scale, and not simply for domestic consumption, as was often the case in Prague.”
What else but a brewery?
“When I first visited Prague seven years ago I was delighted not only by excellent beer, but also by the atmosphere in Czech pubs. This led me to the idea of establishing a mini-brewery. And what better way of using a building with such a tradition?” said brewery owner Grigorij Polikarpov. “We’re continuing a tradition that’s at least 600 years old.”
A two year study of beer
Before establishing the mini-brewery U Tří růží (Three Roses), Grigorj Polikarpov studied Czech beer thoroughly before deciding what his brewery would produce. “We went around 50 Czech mini-breweries and finally came up with the best range of beers. We were also influenced by the results of various competitions, so we brew exclusively lagers and special beers.