Production of Štramberk Beer
The first mention of beer brewing in Štramberk dates back to 4th December 1359 when Moravian margrave Jan (brother of Charles IV.) granted the town of Štramberk the so-called “town mile privilege” which among others says: “… whoever would want to tap in those settlements can get the beer in the above mentioned town of Štramberk in any possible way…”
The privilege to brew beer as well as to tap it here belonged exclusively to the oldest 22 local tap houses located mostly on the Štramberk square. Residents of these houses formed the Burghers’ Tap Order and had to observe its statutes. The oldest preserved order named “How Should Behave the One Who Wants to Be Accepted as a Tap Brother” dates back to the year 1788.
At first the beer was brewed according to the so-called “order” successively in individual tap houses with the privilege of tapping and selling beer. It wasn’t until later when the town brewery of which only the deep well with spring water has been preserved was built on the Štramberk square. In 1744 the brewery was rebuilt due to increased beer consumption and in 1787 a malt-house was added. The brewery’s highest capacity was 18 kegs of beer which is approximately 38.5 hl. The chief brewer who according to the order brewed beer for individual tap burghers used to brew beer there. The first documented brewer was František Vacín who brewed beer in 1789–1790. The house in which the beer was being tapped was clearly marked with the so-called “vícha”. This was a large earthenware jug which was placed outside the window of the house concerned. The brewery building standing in the square, displayed on the picture of Štramberk from the first half of the 18th century, was pulled down in 1868 due to its bad state.
The Štramberk Town Brewery is located directly on the Štramberk square in a historical house no. 5, which is one of the original burgher houses with brewing privileges. In its basement, which is situated below the square level, you can still see complex cellarage with stone vaults and two wells cut out in rock – a main one and an auxiliary one, from which water for brewing was taken. During clearance and ground shaping works in the cellar, there were, among others, found broken pieces of medieval ceramic beer mugs, which are a tangible evidence of the tradition of brewing production in this house.
The brewery building is divided into several departments where we serve unfiltered or, “live” beer with yeast that has distinctive qualities which distinguish it from other beers from large-capacity breweries where the taste of beer is influenced by its filtration, stabilization and pasteurization. This offers you a unique opportunity to taste “the beer” your fathers’ fathers used to know in times when good beer was not a privilege but a professional honour.
After you enter the brewery, on its ground floor you will find the Town Pub, the Brewery Restaurant and a taproom with copper brewing vessels. In the cellar, there is the Stone Taproom, and the first floor houses modern sport & dance bar Apollo Burn Club with a large-screen projection.
The Brewery Restaurant
It is the flagship of the brewery with a capacity of 20 seats. In this restaurant decorated with historical documents and photos depicting brewery motifs you will certainly enjoy the home-made specialties prepared not only in beer.
The Town Pub
A smaller room situated right behind the entrance on the left offering 12 seats is used by newly coming guests and regulars who want to enjoy Trubač beer and have some light refreshments. From morning till night you can help yourselves to some hot thick soup or some small snack. The Pub is decorated with advertising pictures and pictures of objects dating back to the time between the First Republic and the post-war years of the last century.
It is located in the brewery cellar and seats up to 48 people. Its interior decoration gives the taproom the look of a small brewery museum featuring a restaurant. Among three-dimensional objects displayed in niches and in a corridor interlinking the cellar rooms you can find a functioning tapping bar from the 1930s, as well as equipment and vessels that brewers and publicans used in different times for brewing and serving beer. Every Friday, you can join to enjoy folk songs performed by an accordionist.