In Náchod we have been brewing beer continuously since 1872

The basic milestones of the brewery

  1. in April, the foundation stone of the new brewery was ceremonially laid, one year later the first beer was brewed and in December produced

  2. introduction of the trademark “Náchodský Primátor” for newly produced dark 12° beer. With a short interruption this trademark in the form of “PRIMATOR” has been used ever since.„PRIMÁTOR“ používána dosud

  3. the takeover of the brewery into the state sector as part of the national enterprise, Hradecké pivovary, Hradec Králové

  4. as part of the privatisation process, the brewery is returned to Náchod and becomes a joint stock companyvá společnost

  5. the brewery launches the technology of top fermented beer production, Weizenbier wheat beer is the first to be launched

  6. the brewery gets a new private owner

  7. the brewery receives the prestigious title “The Best Beer in the World” for the Weizenbier wheat beer at one of the world’s most important WBA tasting competitions in London.WBA v Londýně.

  8. the brewery launches its own bottle along with the change in label design

More detailed history

15th – 16th century

1448 – The first mention of the malting house which stood in today’s street Kamenice.

1495 – The first direct mention of a collective brewery of burghers who had licence to brew beer, which belonged to the most important urban economic facilities.

17th –18th century

1623 – The new owner of the estate, Marie Magdalena Trčková, from Lípa, took away from burghers their licence to brew. Her decision was confirmed by the next owner Ottavio Piccolomini, who in 1636 permanently abolished the licence in the town.

1684 – The burghers of Náchod set up, as a partial compensation, a small brewery in their farm in Slaný (today Słone) in Kladsko. Where the authority of Nachod’s nobility didn’t extend and which they owned until the year of 1872. However, they couldn’t tap their beer in Náchod.

19th century

1871 – At the meeting of the city council on 30 June 1871, a burgomaster (mayor) Josef Bořík presented a proposal for the construction of an industrial brewery, which was unanimously approved. In August, a regulation was posted inviting for a “brewery referendum”. A larger industrial steam-brewery was planned, with the capacity of 54hl per batch and the annual capacity of 12,220hl supplying the whole surrounding area. The project was assigned to a prominent expert on brewery constructions, Ing. Josef Vincenc Novák (1842-1918) from Prague.

1872 – In April, the foundation stone of a new brewery was laid down ceremonially and the brickwork started. The builder Karel Tebich from Brno was elected a construction manager by the municipal council on March 23.

1873 – The first beer was brewed and produced on 6 December 1873. In October 1873, 17 batches of 10° and 11° beer were brewed.

1874 – At the meeting of the City Council, the six-member brewery board was established and chaired by Jan Tichý, who was elected for four years and managed the brewery until 1936 when it was replaced by the Brewery Department (board) of the town. The council also approved the name of the company: “Local Brewery in Náchod”. In October, the first production campaign of the brewery was closed. Over the year, a total of 13,858hl was made and 10,912hl of beer was produced, which surpassed the expectations. However, the brewery was struggling with the lack of ice and quality water.

1876 – For the first time, the export of Náchod beer was documented – 1,536hl was exported to neighbouring Prussia.

1877 – A 12° lager was brewed for the first time. Nevertheless it long remained on the edge of interest.

1887 – At Christmas the brewery started to brew a 13° lager and from 15 July the first documented dark beer was produced – Náchodský garnet made “in the Old Bohemian style”.

1897 – In view of the expected insufficient capacity of the brewery, the Board of Directors proposed to prepare a comprehensive plan to expand the brewery to the annual capacity of 60,000hl. Besides the malt house, lager cellars, and the fermentation room were planned to be expanded and the machinery to be replaced. Already complete plans were not put into practice, because the annual production of the brewery wasn’t growing any more and was stabilised approximately at 27,000hl.


1908 – In this year, the Náchod Brewery started to produce the first truly special beer – the 15° dark “healthy” beer “Salvator”, which was recommended “mainly to the anemics and convalescents” and supplied in quarter or half-hectolitre brewery barrels or in bottles by the Josef Lazar Company. Electrical lighting was introduced to the brewery. In the same year, the Náchod brewery, as a member of the Brewery Protection Union (so-called a brewery cartel), was forced to raise the price of beer by 1 crown 20 halers per hectolitre. This caused a sharp reaction of folk class culminating in street demonstrations and the boycott of pubs selling more expensive beer.

1914 – As a result of the First World War, there was a radical reduction in the supply of raw materials, which had to be solved by reducing the beer grade to 3° and using substitutes in production (sugar beet, corn, wormwood). The Austro-Hungarian government also raised beer prices significantly, which along with the prudent management of the brewery allowed continuous production throughout the war even though the annual beer production dropped to 3,618hl in the campaign of 1917-1918.

1929 – A new brew house was decided to be built with a capacity of 120hl, the work was assigned to Českomoravská Daněk & Breitfeld, carried out in the first half of the year 1930 altogether with the modification of the water supply and the elevator. The financial cost of the brew house reached almost 1 million crowns.


1930 – The brewery chimney was elevated, two hotels were purchased in Hradec Králové (Grado, Stodola) and a pub in Velká Ves near Rychnov nad Kněžnou, which was rented on condition of tapping the Náchod beer, plus new garages and a fridge in the brewery were constructed. The road from metujský bridge to the brewery gate was also paved.

1935 – Introduction of the trademark “Náchodský PRIMÁTOR” for the newly produced dark 12° beer brewed according to the Bavarian method consisting of special malts. This mark was first documented on 4/09/1935, registered on 30/12/1935. With a short intermission this trademark in the form of “PRIMATOR” has been used ever since.

1937 – From June, bottled beer started to be bottled with hand-filling machines, which at that time comprised 30% of the total consumption. Until then the beer in the brewery was draught only in wooden transport barrels and exclusively in private bottling houses owned by the innkeepers. After the fall of production in the World Economic Crisis (in 1935 to 18,400hl), the beer production began to rise again to 25,827hl in 1938.

1939 – During the Nazi occupation of the Czech territory, the supply of raw ingredients was limited and only low-grade beer was brewed (eg in the years of 1943-1944 only 3.2°-3.7°) but thanks to the prudent management there was no dramatic fall in beer production and the brewery was maintained in a good economic condition.


1948 – Beginning of a gradual reconstruction of the brewery: the acquisition of the modern bottling line for bottled beer and a new cooling device. Alomg with expansion and reconstruction of the malt house, including a new steamer and the introduction of a steam piping for beer production and malt drying.

1961 – Establishment of a new national enterprise, Východočeské pivovary Hradec Králové, the Náchod Brewery was one of the factories. In 1967, the brewery received the title “The Model Quality Factory”.

1968 – In addition to the 12° dark beer Primátor, a 12° light lager Extra Special started to be brewed, which was in 1970 declared the best in its category in Czechoslovakia.


1972 – Beginning of the modernisation of the brewery with the construction of a new bottling line. The factory celebrated its 100th anniversary.

1983 – The bottling line was supplemented by the sprinkle pasteurizing plant, which allowed the export of Náchod beer abroad. This year the production of non-alcoholic beer began (as the second in Bohemia). In this year, the reconstruction of the brewhouse also commenced, when during 5 years the original two-pot boiling system was replaced by the modern stainless steel four-pot system.

1986 – The production of malt was shut down and barrel beer draught was moved to the Dobruška brewery.

1989 – The brewery reached the historically highest annual production of 210,165hl.


1993 – From the beginning of the year, within the framework of the privatization process, the brewery was returned to the town of Náchod and became a joint stock company. At the beginning of the year, the bottling line was equipped with the KRONES label machine allowing to glue three labels on bottles. Subsequently, during summer, it was equipped with the most modern bottling and control device by KRONES, including the FISHER flow pasteurising plant – the line production reaches 24,000 bottles per hour. After almost a ten-year interruption the tapping in barrels returned to the brewery.

1998 – The brewery was undergoing a large sale and financial crisis, the sale dropped below 110 thousand crowns per hl. and a problem with financing the company occurred. There was a great decrease in number of staff, and the owner in the town of Náchod was considering selling the brewery to private hands.

1999 – After the successful introduction of special beers of 16% (1995) and 21% (1998), the brewery starts producing the strongest beer in Bohemia with 24% dark special called PRIMÁTOR Double. At this time, a decision is made to include special beers in the production programme, in addition to classic production.


2002 – The Fermentation room was supplemented by the promotional station for yeast production and modern yeast economy. The brewery launches the production technology of top fermented beers, and Weizenbier wheat beer is the first to be placed on the market. In the following years, a variety of top fermented beers is supplemented by unconventional beer types, like Stout, English Pale Ale

2003 – The bottling line is equipped with the KRONES label machine with the option to glue aluminium plates on bottles and significantly improve product design. The barrel plant is supplemented by the MMS depth filter by Handtmann to increase the shelf-life of barrel beer. The brewery starts to construct the hotel extension of U Beránka Hotel.

2004 – The brewery systematically startsed to export beer abroad. In the course of years, it manages to gradually increase it and its share in the beer production achieves 25%.

2005 – In spring, the construction of the hotel extension of U Beránka Hotel was completed and from April the brewery becomes an operator of the whole hotel including the restaurant facilities. However, at the end of year 2008, the brewery terminated its operation and the hotel part of the company was sold to the joint stock company, BERÁNEK Náchod.


2006 – Completion of the modern Visitor Centre including the outside seating, with the capacity of 120 people.

2007 – The brewery completely changes the design, starting with a new interpretation of the PRIMÁTOR logo and the design of the labels.

2008 – the bottling line is equipped with a new machine for inserting bottles into crates and cartons. The evaporation station for nitrogen is built and the evaporation capacitor is replaced at the cooling unit. At the end of the year the brewery terminates its operation of U Beránka Hotel, at the same time the hotel part of the company is sold to the joint stock company, BERÁNEK Náchod a.s.

2009 – The brewery of the Liberec company, LIF a.s., is sold. In summer, at the initiative of the new owner, the brewery starts the production of a new beer, 11% PRIMÁTOR lager, which will become very quickly the most popular beer of the rich portfolio on the domestic market.

2010 – A new empty bottle inspector and automatic flow pasteurisation control are acquired for the bottling line. A new trademark HRON is registered, originally designed exclusively for export purposes, later, it is also used for the domestic market.


2012 – The brewery launches a mixed drink of wheat beer with grape lemonade under the protected name of CHIPPER. Next year it adds another flavour of pear with ginger.

2013 – The Brewery receives a prestigious award for the best beer in the world for Weizenbier wheat beer at one of WBA’s most prestigious tasting competitions in London.

2014 – Thanks to the increase in the quantity of beer exported abroad and achieving the 33-thousand hl capacity, the brewery’s total production manages to increase by almost 5%. Brewing the 20th special, India Pale Ale, a top fermented semi-dark beer, symbolically completes the 20-year journey of “The Specialist in Specials”.

2016 – present day

2016 – An estate is purchased in front of the entrance to the town in the village of Vysokov and the construction of a dispatching warehouse commences, which should improve the critical situation concerning the storage of beer and the organisation of export shipments in the brewery.

2017 – In spring, a new dispatching warehouse is put into operation in the Vysokov area, where the complete domestic distribution is placed. The brewery develops the concept of the new beer bottle PRIMÁTOR and at the same time works on changing the design of the labels.

2018 – The brewery launches its own shaped bottle and changes the design of labels which emphasise its craftsmanship.