Affordable travel
in the Czech Republic
Outside Prague
Top five 5 places in the Czech Republic
Kutná Hora
Český Krumlov
Karlovy Vary
Daytrips from Prague
Kutná Hora
Karlštejn castle
General Information
Other destinations and places in the Czech Republic
Adršpach Rocks
Bohemian Paradise
České Budějovice
Český Ráj
Hradec Králové
Coming soon to Outside Prague
New original Saint Wenceslas Brewery in Olomouc

New Saint Wenceslas Brewery

St Wenceslas Microbrewery is back in a new location and now it's non-smoking.

Half dark half light beer at St Wenceslas brewery in OlomoucThe old microbrewery at Riegrova 22 was one of Olomouc's best places to try a good locally brewed unpasteurized pivo, but it surprisingly stopped serving its own brew and removed many of its seats and tables to make space for electronic gambling machines.

Apparently the original founders of the microbrewery decided it wasn't worth continuing when their landlord radically raised the rent and they started the search for a new location. A different company took over the lease at Riegrova 22 but without brewing expertise or equipment, they stocked a mediocre beer from North Bohemia and brought in slot machines to make the place pay.

New but original

Svatovaclavsky pivovar original logo'St Wenceslas Microbrewery' (Svatováclavský pivovar) was never trademarked so now there are two very different businesses bearing the same name. The one in the new location at Mariánská 4 that brews its own beer and is run by the founders of the first Microbrewery in Olomouc is distinguished by the suffix 'Original' and is the one we're concerned with here.

All the old beers are back

All the old beers are back. The 10 degree Vašek (25Kč) is the understudy to the stronger and more flavourful 12 degree St Wenceslas. Filling out the beer menu are 'Mr Brun's 13 degree dark beer' the wheat beer, cherry beer and honey beer (all 31-32Kč a pot) and 'Mr Jošt's half and half' (řezané) which goes for 28Kč (prices shown are for 500ml glasses and are correct as of May 22, 2010).

Classic beer hall ambience

Copper brewing tanks at St Wenceslas microbrewery (svatovaclvsky pivovar) in OlomoucThe new space is more open and lighter than the previous location and while the old murals were good, the current decoration gives a real old school beerhall ambience to the new St Wenceslas. The double copper boilers watch over the beerhall like a ship's bridge and for sunny days and cigarette smokers there's a lovely big outdoor seating area on the rear deck.

Nuclear brewing shelter

Dark beer at Saint Wenceslas brewery (svatovaclavsky pivovar) in OlomoucPerhaps the most interesting part of the brewery though is the part that isn't yet open. Beneath the restaurant floor is an old nuclear fallout shelter from the time of the cold war. It's already partly used by the brewer, and the remainder is under renovation to become a beer spa.

Beer spa opening autumn 2010

Spa-goers will bathe in one of eight large oak tubs filled with dark beer and a special mix of added herbs, and light beer will be served lest anybody be tempted by their bath water. The plans are for the spa to be operational sometime in the autumn of 2010 and there will also be a classic sauna.

Welcome back Saint Wenceslas!

Svatováclavský Pivovar Originál
Mariánská 4
585 207 517

Top things to See and Do
Olomouc Overview
Archdiocese Museum
St Michael's church
Astronomical clock
Holy Trinity Column
Nuclear bomb shelter
Palacký University
Swimming at Vykléky
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Hanácká Hospoda
Restaurant Vila Primavesi
Jazz Club restaurant
(New) Original St. Wenceslas brewery
Green Bar vegetarian canteen
Cafe 87
Lay down your weary head
Poets' Corner Hostel
• Check Olomouc Hotel availability
Getting there
Getting to Olomouc

Outside Prague last updated June 13th, 2010. All text and images Copyright 2007-2010. Articles may be excerpted for review, or printed for use by individual travellers.
Complete articles or images may not otherwise be reproduced by print, electronic or other means.