Eva wanted to go to an event called Holbáci Šeráci. But when I read the first few sentences, it immediately discouraged me – “It is not in vain that the Czechs are a nation of beer. If you are among gold lovers, you can certainly not miss the second year of Holba brewery’s summer event entitled “Holbáci Šeráci”. ”
I really do not belong among beer lovers and I’m not a bear fan, so what would I do there? 🙂 But then the subject came back later and when I read the action, I changed my mind and decided to go.
So we signed up for the last term, which was a joint departure by a bus from Bruntál. But there was no such place on the bus, which did not matter to us, because we were planning to go by car and visiting also Hynčice pod Sušinou, because Holbáci Šeráci started in the afternoon.
In the morning we went to Hynčice by car, but it was a bad weather oustide, so we could not take some pretty pictures according to the original plan, but we were only sitting in the morning Hospůdka U Vleku.
After lunch we went to Hanušovice. On the spot we were one of the first because the Bruntál bus did not arrive yet. So, at least, we had time to go through the brewery premises and take a picture of it.
The Holba brewery was founded in 1874 by Josef Mullchitzki, and in the first year of its production cooked 15 900 hectoliters of beer. During the First World War, beer production declined sharply due to the lack of raw materials. After the war, this brewery became the third largest brewery in Moravia with over 100 000 hectoliters of beer a year. The current production of the brewery is around 350,000 hectoliters of beer per year and among the largest breweries it is the only brewery with purely Czech owners.
After the arrival of the bus, the official program began. We joined the first group on a brewery tour, which was great because we had probably the best guides working in the brewery for over 40 years, so he has really real experience and a lot of experience of how the beer was brewed earlier.
During Communism was a lack of beer. When the bargain wanted 100 barrels, he received 100 barrels. When he wanted 150 barrels, he received 100 barrels. Well, when he wanted 200 barrels to have at least 150, he got 100 barrels again.
After about an hour of excursion, Holba Academy followed, where we learned how to make beer from raw materials, followed by a practical demonstration of how to properly make a beer in different ways (chochtan, schnitzel, smoothie, milk) and how to avoid frequent mistakes.
Every brewery had a pond, because the ice from this pond was stored and used instead of cooling boxes.
We also learned that the beer had gone a long way before, and the quality was not great. It was common for some boots to be found in the hops brought to the brewery, etc.
The Holba Academy has already begun. We could have a meal (homemade roasted sausages that were available here, or a great goulash) and drinking (beer or non-alcohol) on Holba’s account and going to compete or go for a tour to Brewery Museum.
In total there were 7 competitions. We first graduated from the Holba Academy, and on this basis we immediately completed the Holba Quiz. The climbing wall was the next(as well as in the shape of a shroud :-)), followed by the spattering of a barrel, a beer in an arm (holding the full-length boots with the extended hands as long as possible), the construction of the tower from the beer crates and the last Holba football.
We enjoyed the whole day and, as a bonus, took away a lot of prizes in addition to the experience – beer pack, hat, badges, diploma, medal, shirt and photo.
From experience, we can recommend this action to everyone, not only to beer lovers but also non-breeders, who want to enjoy a fun day and learn something new.