Pivovar Velkorybnický Hastrman, Velký Rybník

Roughly 8 km east of Karlovy Vary sits the lakeside village of Velký Rybník, home to Pivovar Velkorybnický Hastrman. Trains arrive from Karlovy Vary three times daily (09:00, 15:30, 19:44, last return at 20:20), a 15 minute walk through town to Hastrman. If you choose the early bus arrival you will have a short wait for opening hours, though you probably won’t be alone.

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As always, check bahn.de for timetables throughout Europe, not only within Germany.

Hastrman opened in 2005 and until recently Velký Rybník was the only place to find their beer. By late 2011 I was seeing their name on special draft lists in Prague. Even so, their Světlý Ležák 12° (pictured below) remains their most-rated beer with 13 reviews total (as of April 2013).

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There were five draft beers available on my visit (October 2009), representing well the spectrum of Czech styles – svetly at 11° and 12°, polotmavy, tmavy and pšenice:

  • Polotmavý Speciál 13°
  • Světlý Ležák 12°
  • Česká Klasika Světlý Ležák 11°
  • Tmavý Ležák 12°
  • Staročeské Bílé Pivo – unfiltered pšenice (wheat beer)

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    This is not a large brewing operation; much more a restaurant that brews their own beer as they would bake their own bread. The system is not much more than a homebrew setup in a back room; lagering vessels were not seen but I would guess there is ample storage space if they are offering a full range of beers on tap and in bottles to-go.

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