Located in the rolling hills of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, Třebíč is a quiet town, and in our opinion, one of the most overlooked towns in the Czech Republic. Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites which include their historic Jewish ghetto, the Jewish Cemetery, and St.Procopius’s basilica, the winding streets and clay tiled roofs have an otherworldly and unforgettable charm.
Purchased in 2010, the dilapidated distillery was rebuilt and as part of Centrum Lihovar, and Pivovar Třebíč started brewing in 2012. Also housing a Jaguar museum, Centrum Lihovar is located right behind St. Procopius Basilica, overlooking the center of Třebíč.
Our interest in Třebíč was first sparked at our local beer shop. We noticed a ‘Single Malt Ale’ on tap, had a glass or two, and we were immediately impressed with this smooth and malty ale. Curiosity lead us to discover that Pivovar Třebíč, located 163 km. from Prague in the Bohemian-Moravian highlands, brews a steady stream of well made Czech lagers and ales. With a bit of research and an extensive sampling of as many Třebíč beers as possible, we planned a trip, and found ourselves in an unexpectedly beautiful little town with a top class brewery.
Pivovar Třebíč started brewing in 2012. Using traditional Czech malt for lagers, and either solely German malt or a mixed combination for their other beers, their brewing sticks to the old Czech methods. Quality ingredients, pure water, along with an appreciation for tradition alongside a healthy dose of innovation equal a beer that is innovative and supremely drinkable.
As part of Centrum Lihovar, Pivovar Třebíč is jointly housed under the same roof as the brewery, restaurant, and Jaguar museum. Originally an industrial distillery, Centrum Lihovar is newly refurbished and has grand plans of becoming a center for larger events like weddings. Historic car buffs will be impressed with the Jaguar museum, which showcases 8 historic Jaguars. Complete with a large outdoor garden and a charming restaurant, you’ve got all you need here for an entertaining evening. Located just behind the St. Procopius Basilica, Centrum Lihovar sits atop a small hill overlooking the historical center and river Jihlava.
Brewing 1500 hectoliters a year, Pivovar Třebíč has created 15 beers, and on average brews 10 or 11 varieties per month. In the winter, half of this production goes to Prague, and during the summer local consumption increases as their large beer garden fills up daily with cyclers and hikers out enjoying the countryside. Pivovar Třebíč also has the Czech Republic’s longest pipe system for transporting beer from tank to pub.
Pivovar Třebíč brews a variety of beers; from traditional Czech lagers to ales, their beer is an example of what Czech microbrew culture has to offer beer drinkers today. Their ales are aromatic, fresh, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. More on the malty end of the spectrum, their ales all have a well developed body, with a refined touch that distinguishes them as (and we mean this in the best way) a Czech ale. The Single Malt Ale and Cornel 14° IPA are particularly tasty.
Třebíč is filled with many hotels; most are middle range, as well as a few low end and pricier options. The town is small, so anywhere close to the center should allow you to see the town by foot. On our visit, we stayed at Hotel Solaster, which we found to be a good deal for our money. Service was very friendly and helpful, the rooms simple and clean, and the breakfast plentiful.
In the year 1101, the Moravian rulers founded a Benedictine monastery in what is currently Třebíč. Through the middle ages, the town developed along with the coarse of war and peace. Sadly this once harmonious Christian and Jewish community was torn apart with growing fascism, resulting in a Jewish Quarter that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003.
Today, getting lost in the winding, narrow, and cobbled streets of the Jewish Ghetto, is a calmer, more peaceful experience when compared to Prague’s Jewish Quarter. The Jewish Museum, St. Procopius Basilica, and the Jewish Cemetery are all beautiful historical sites.
Getting to Třebíč is not necessarily the most easy of feats, but still worth while. By car, it’s no problem- just check on D1 construction first. By public transport, direct buses leave Prague from Florenc every day. By train, you have to transfer either in Brno or Jihlava.
Travel links (Czech Republic)
|Třebíč 11 Světlý Ležák
|Cornel Single Malt Ale
|Cornel IPA 14°