Beer brewing has a hundred - year tradition in the town of Pardubice that dates back to the beginning of 14th century. There can be seen a considerable development of brewing industry at the turn of the 15th century when Pardubice became a seat of Vilém Penštejn, the richest man in the country.
In 1650 the castle brewery started to compete with the town one.
The quick development of trade and industry in the 19th century demanded a totally new approach even in this field and that is why the tradition of town brewery was taken over by the Pardubice joint-stock brewery, which was founded in 1871. Building had started in August 1871 and already in April 1872 beer began to be brewed.
In 1890, a dark beer, 19% Porter, started to be produced; and at that time it was the strongest beer on the Continent. It was exported into many European countries where it won a great number of prizes in international competitions.
After the World War I the brewery was adapted a lot. For example, a new brew house, one of the most modern in Bohemia, made a bigger production possible; consequently, in 1930 the production reached the top by producing 100.000 hectolitres of beer. Next year the traditional Brewery-Maltster Congress was held here. After the World War II the brewery had become the property of state until 1993 when it returned to the joint - stock system again.