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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tap Handle #102: Czechvar

This tap makes you think about castle towers or chess playing pieces. The detail is excellent - each brick of the tower has been sculpted. Also, the painting is well-done, especially the choice of a matte finish over a high-gloss finish, which I am always harping on. Definitely the work of a talented artist.

Czechvar is brewed by Budweiser Budvar in the Czech Republic. It's not the Budweiser you're probably thinking of, though. The original Budweiser beer was founded in 1785 in Budweis, Bohemia. In 1876 Anheuser-Busch began using the name after Adolphus Busch returned from a trip to Europe. In 1895 a third company named Budvar also began using the name Budweiser. A trademark battle took place over the years between all three companies and the name Budweiser. In 2007 a settlement was reached in which the American Budweiser would be sold as Bud in Europe, and the Budvar Budweiser would be sold in the U.S. as Czechvar. In 2010 Anheuser-Busch lost its final appeal and must continue to use Bud in Europe.

Czechvar is a Bohemian-style Pilsener that is recognized by critics as one of the world's best. Weighted average on is 3.2 out of 5.

Czechvar Official Website

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