IT ALL STARTS WITH TRADITIONAL RECIPES
& NATURAL INGREDIENTS
WHAT IS "OLD SCHOOL BREW"?
The oldest legal standard of food production still recognized worldwide is the legendary Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, which originally stated that beer may contain only three ingredients: barley, hops, and water. Updated later in the 19th century after the discovery of yeast, it was expanded to state that: “in lagers—brewers may use only natural barley, malt, hops, yeast and water.”
The region of Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic, has a rich brewing history dating back to at least the 1200s. These early Bohemian brewers shared many traditions with their German and Austrian neighbors due to the weather of Central Europe —– which is similar to Utah with very hot summers and cold winters. They were forced to brew only when ice was available for cooling, and out of fear of running out of beer they brewed all winter and stored the beer in caves through the summer. This storing, or “lagering,” of the beer eventually led to the crisp & clean modern lagers that we know today. Originally from the Czech Republic, Joe Petras and his family opened Bohemian Brewery in 2001 with the dream to bring the same lagering traditions of his homeland to Utah. We thank you for the opportunity to share our passion for these traditions. To your health, na zdravi!
PURE LAGERS MADE THE OLD SCHOOL WAY, AND WITHOUT THE “RUSH”...
At Bohemian Brewery we don’t rush. We take our time brewing the best Lagers in Utah and beyond, period. Our beer does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, or artificial process enhancers nor does it contain any cheap and flavorless sources of starch such as rice or corn, and our malts, grains and yeasts are non-GMO certified.
This ensures that a Lager made by Bohemian Brewery is always a wholesome, flavorful and carefully crafted product. The skill of our brewers, combined with the use of simple and honest ingredients, forms our signature beer styles, including our 1842 Pilsener Lager, 1841 Viennese Lager and Cherny Bock Schwarzbier.
At Bohemian Brewery we craft all of our Beers fresh in small batches for you.
Since we began brewing in 2001, we have paid respect to these standards and traditions at Bohemian Brewery... and it’s how we’ll continue making our “Old School Brew” in Utah for generations to come.
BREWING IN SMALL BATCHES
Using only the finest available ingredients
The core ingredients of a traditional Lager Beer are: Water, Barley (Malted), Hops & Yeast. There may be other grains added to achieve a particular style such as wheat in our Weissbier or rye in our "Choose the Rye" Lager Beer. Each unique style of beer calls for additional ingredients and unique brewing and fermenting processes. The grain is the key factor for the color of beer. Our malts (roasted barley) are high-quality craft products imported from Germany and Canada. These are some of the finest malts in the world which we reserve to use for our craft beers.
TAKING THE TIME TO BREW IT RIGHT
We take our time making our Bohemian Lagers
Bohemian Brewery brews our Lagers with a unique Double Decoction process. A simple decoction mash is a type of mash (steeping of the malt and other grains) in which the various mash temperatures are achieved by removing part of the mash, boiling it in a separate vessel, and then using it as infusion water to heat the reminder of the mash. It is traditional in many continental European beer styles, especially in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Decoction mashing is not common among many brewers, since it has a reputation as a time and labor-intensive process. But a decoction mash is basically just a step infusion mash where some of the grit (malt) is heated along with the infusion water. While it does take some extra time and require some extra stirring, we feel it is critical in helping us achieve our signature tastes and Lager styles.
DROP BY FOR A BREWERY TOUR & EXPERIENCE THE TRADITION OF BOHEMIAN BREWING ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH. CALL (801) 566-5474 FOR MORE INFO and to rsvp for our brewery tours.