Photo from the Czech Mates Launch night at Thornbridge Brewery with brewers from Budvar and Thornbridge

Czech Mates : A Budvar and Thornbridge Collaboration

For the first time ever, Budweiser Budvar, the national brewery of the Czech Republic, has created a collaboration lager outside their own country and we are extremely proud that this is here with us at Thornbridge.

Bringing together centuries of Czech brewing expertise, the finest British ingredients and cutting-edge technology, Czech Mates is a Czech-style lager, brewed in the UK.

An aromatic, crisp and beautifully balanced 4.8% beer, Czech Mates is brewed to the same high standards as all Budweiser Budvar and Thornbridge products, at Thornbridge brewery, in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District.

The traditional Czech brewing method of decoction and long, slow maturing complement the British-grown Maris Otter malt and East Kent Goldings hops, while Budvar’s decades-old yeast strain makes the journey from Budweis to Bakewell to bring it all to life.

In addition, the famously soft water of the Peak District, just like that found in České Budějovice (Budweis), is ideal for brewing lager.

Watch the story of its creation.


Czech Mates is available as a single 440ml can, a case of 12 x 440ml cans or in a curated Ultimate Lager Pack - be quick as each brew doesn't hang around long


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