National Museum of Brewing
in Kostelec Nad Černými Lesy

At the Kostelec nad Černými lesy brewery, founded in 1842, we are developing the National Museum of Brewing on a 4,000 m² area. We showcase brewing technologies from the industrial revolution in the Czech lands of Austria-Hungary, as well as the world's largest preserved functional direct wood-fired brewhouse.

Story of Kostelec Nad Černými Lesy Brewery

The museum in Kostelec nad Černými lesy is housed in the unique, authentic spaces of the historical brewery, malthouse, and malt mill. It preserves fully functional historical technology from the 1930s and includes two older construction phases: the original late Baroque layout from 1841 and the modernization and conversion of the brewery to steam power at the end of the 19th century. In the 1920s and 1930s, after the brewery was acquired by the local innkeepers' joint-stock company, advanced brewing technological systems were installed, many of which have been preserved and are still in use today.

This unique set of technological devices in the original malthouse and brewery offers a unique view of the architecture of industrial buildings, historical functional brewing technology, and the history of brewing in the Czech lands from the construction of the first historical breweries to the present day. The exhibition is unparalleled in the Czech Republic and includes technological setups that are rare even globally, such as the world's largest direct wood-fired brewhouse, the only functional cooling shower apparatus in the Czech Republic, fully operational steel coolships, the largest preserved malt mill in the country, a rare cooperage workshop, the only ice elevator in the Czech Republic, and more. The brewery museum also includes an extensive database of approximately 4,000 historical breweries in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia.

We are Milan & Tomáš,
guys from Kostelec

In 2000, we founded the company Dej Bůh štěstí, s.r.o. and a year later purchased the then-closed brewery in Kostelec nad Černými lesy. We are now realizing our brewing dreams there. In 2007, we established the non-profit organization The National Museum of Brewing, and in 2020, we received The Czech Brewer F. O. Poupě Award from The Czech Brewers and Maltsters Association for our efforts in preserving Czech brewing and documenting its history.

Our award for contributions to brewing