The wheat beer Primátor Weizenbeer has been named the world’s best beer in an international tasting competition. The Czech brew, produced by the east Bohemian Primátor brewery, became the overall winner of the 2013 World Beer Awards, and was also awarded as the best wheat beer. Praised for its balanced fruity taste, great body and spicy finish, Primátor Weizenbeer has been a pioneer in reviving a particular style of beer that has nearly died out in the Czech Republic. I spoke to exports manager of the Primátor Brewery, Romana Jansová.
Primator has been named the World’s Best Wheat Beer in 2013. The brew won not only in its category but was deemed the best beer among 600 brews tasted by an international jury at this year’s World Beer Awards in London. Josef Hlavatý, the head of the Primator brewery, said he was delighted with the success of the Primator brew, in particular since wheat beer was traditionally the domain of Bavarian breweries.
František Štastka, a Czech bartender from New York, has won the International Best Pilsner Urquell Bartender competition. The competition took place at this year’s Pilsner Fest on October 5, the day on which the first Pilsner batch was brewed in 1842. Tomáš Hrnčíř from the Czech Republic came second and Giacomo Fogli from Italy came third. The twenty best bartenders (18 men and 2 women) qualified for the finals with their exceptional knowledge of Pilsner Urquell lager, its specialised brewing process and history. The contestants also proved their practical skills in proper beer care, proper beer serving, and appropriate presentation of the Pilsen original.
The lagers Starobrno and Litovel Premium won the Lager of the Year category of the 13th annual Czech Beer contest. Starobrno also won the category of the light draft beers, along with Staropramen while Zubr free was chosen as the best non-alcoholic brew. Over 60 brews participated in this year’s beer tasting contest, organized by the Czech Beer and Malt Association.
City councillors in Prague have taken a significant step to try and curb disorderly conduct in the capital, passing an ordinance doubling the number of public areas where the consumption of alcohol will be banned. As of October 3, almost 860 spots in the capital will be off-limits for alcohol, including parks, areas near schools, and city squares.
Prague councilors have tightened the regulation banning alcohol consumption in public places. The council on Thursday doubled the number of locations where drinking is prohibited, such as parks, playgrounds, squares and bus and tram stops. The regulation is due to go into effect on October 3rd and the fine for violating it is 1,000 crowns. Some 300 towns and cities around the country have similar restrictions.
An increasing number of towns and cities are introducing a ban on drinking alcoholic beverages in public places, Czech Television reports. At the present time 300 towns and cities have placed restrictions on drinking alcohol, with a prohibition on public transport, some streets, parks and in the vicinity of schools and playgrounds. Prague councillors will soon meet to debate a proposal that would double the number of locations where alcohol is banned. The fine for violating this regulation is 1,000 crowns.
The EU’s new tobacco laws could put hundreds of Czech jobs at risk, President Miloš Zeman told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday, the first day of his visit to EU headquarters. After a meeting with the speaker of the European Parliament, the Czech president expressed hope that during debates on the new rules, MEPs would take into consideration the interest of 1,500 employees of cigarette producer Philip Morris’s Czech plant. The planned EU directive on tobacco products includes a ban on some types of cigarettes such as slims and menthols, and would force producers to place bigger pictorial health warnings on packets.
The country's Health Ministry has decided to take steps in combatting alcoholism after surveys suggested repeatedly that alcohol abuse in the country is high, writes news site noviny.cz. According to the website, doctors will now have to screen patients they suspect of alcoholism according to a method known as screening and brief intervention - referring those who abuse alcohol on to specialists. Deputy Health Minister Ferdinand Polák said the system had worked abroad and expressed the hope it would work in the Czech Republic. Specialists have suggested the system could help thousands each year, not least those just slipping into addiction.
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