Time To Cry In Your Beer

Touring Chodovar, a tiny 16th century western Bohemian brewery, with owner Jiri Plavka is a little like being shown around a medieval cathedral by an art lover. Plavka strides through a vaulted drying room where hops hang from ancient stone arches and past swathes of malt laid out to cure on the flagstone floor. As he reaches the rumbling old copper boilers, where some 150,000 hectoliters are produced each year, his face takes on the glow of a mystic approaching an object of veneration.

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