In the competition „Czech Beer of 2003“,
announced by the Czech Association of Brewers and Malt Houses in
conjunction with the Brewers and Malt Houses Research Institute (BMRI),
Radegast Premium was awarded second place in the light lagers category,
while Velkopopovicky Kozel Premium was given third place. The winner both
in the lager category and the light tap beer category was the Zubr beer
from the Prerovsky brewery. Other places in the tap beer category were
occupied by Branik and Starobrno.
In all, 24 expert tasters from Czech, Moravian
and Silesian breweries, most of them brewers from all registered breweries,
as well as employees from the Brewers and Malt Houses Research Institute,
the Institute of Fermentation Chemistry and Bio-Engineering from the
University of Chemical Technology and the Central Industrial School of
Food Technology examined the sensor and analytical qualities of the beer
over two rounds. This year, 25 samples were competing in the light lager
category and 25 in the tap beer category. The beers were assessed
analytically at the BMRI and underwent a blind tasting supervised by a
notary, who ensured the rules of competition were followed fairly. It
should be pointed out that the tasters used Gambrinus, the most popular
Czech beer, as a benchmark for the quality and standard of Czech beer.
The winners of the journalists‘ questionnaire
gauging the popularity of „Our Beer of 2003“, in which this year a record
81 editors and freelance journalists took part from all over the country,
were the Plzensky Prazdroj brands – Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus.
Altogether, the editors nominated 41 beer brands brewed in the Czech
Republic (3rd place Budvar, 4th place Krusovice, 5th place Bernard). The
placings were decided by a simple aggregate of nominations from the
editors and freelance journalists.