And you, you, and you...although the Bud we're talking about is the original (real) Budweiser brewed in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic. The original Budweiser Beer was founded in 1785 and then in 1895, a separate group of Czech brewers founded another company -- named Budvar -- that also brewed and exported a beer by the name of Budweiser. This second company is the one brewing, bottling, and distributing the beer known as Budweiser to most of the world, the United States and Canada excepted. (In the US and Canada, Budweiser Budvar is sold under the label Czechvar.) If you want an Anheuser-Busch Budweiser in a European country (except for the UK), you'll have to look for the beer labeled as "Bud". Fortunately for Lisa, me, and two of our friends, we weren't drawing such distinctions while at this brewery: we just followed the tour guide around and praised all things lager.
|"I love you, Budweiser Budvar." "No, I love you more."|
|So much love to go around...sampling the beer in the lager cellars before it's bottled.|
Our weekend trip to the Czech Republic, however, was more than just a tour of the Budweiser Budvar brewery: we spent most of it in Český Krumlov -- a quaint, historic town about a three hour drive from Vienna -- wandering around, eating, and shopping. A leisurely weekend, to be sure.
|Flesh-feast for one!|
|Wandering the cobble-stone streets.|
|"WWJD -- What Would Jesus Drink? Glühwein!"|