Beer brewing has a hundred year tradition in the town of Pardubice (situated 100 km east of Prague) that dates back to the beginning of 14th century. The turn of the 15th century saw a significant development in the brewing industry when Pardubice became a seat of Vilém Pernštejn, the richest nobleman in the country.
Lagers were being brewed here, the quality of which surpassed the quality of rival beers from surrounding areas, and a select group of public houses were given the right to purchase beer only from Pardubice breweries.
In 1650 there were two main breweries in Pardubice - the castle brewery and the town brewery that started to compete with each other.
The swift development of trade and industry in the 19th century demanded a new approach, and the town brewery was taken over by the Pardubice brewery, which was founded in 1871 and construction of which started in August 1871. In April 1872 the new brewery began to produce beer and deliver to its first customers. At that time the pale lagers of the Pils variety made up the majority of the beer production.
In 1890, a dark beer, 19 Pardubický Porter (ABV 8%), began production, and at that time was the strongest bottom-fermented beer on the Continent. It was exported into many European countries where it won a great number of prizes in international competitions.
After the First World War the brewery was adapted and equipped with new technologies including a new steam brew house, one of the most modern in Bohemia at that time, allowing for increased production. After the World War II the brewery was nationalized and became the property of state until 1993 when it returned to be a private company again.
Today the Pardubice Brewery remains under Czech ownership. Investment and innovation in technology and marketing continue to support the traditional process and heritage of Czech beer brewing.
With this approach, the future prospects for the brewery appear bright. The company places primary importance on the quality and service to its customers, both at home and abroad. Recently, the brewery has achieved considerable success in exports across a broad range of countries including the EU, Russia, Israel and Canada.