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Gambrinus (pronounced [ˈgambrɪnus]) is a beer brewed in the Czech Republic at the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery. It is one of the most popular beers in the Czech Republic. The beer is named after Gambrinus, a legendary king of Flanders known for his mythical brewing abilities. Gambrinus sponsors Gambrinus liga, the premier Czech football league. The company was founded in 1869.
Brews of Gambrinus
Two major brews of Gambrinus beer are widely sold in the Czech Republic. Both the above versions of Gambrinus are derived from the same 13 degree wort, which is watered down post-fermentation.
- Gambrinus Original 10° is the most widely spread brew of Gambrinus in the Czech Republic which is 4,3% alcohol by volume (ABV).
- Gambrinus Premium is a typical 12° pale lager which is 5% ABV.
Additionally to the two major beers supplied by Plzeňský Prazdroj, two special brews are available:
- Gambrinus Dry - special brew with lowered amounts of sugar.
- Gambrinus Excellent 11° - a new type of brew made with caramel malt, which is 4,7% ABV.
Other beers marketed under the Gambrinus name
This brand is used by many other breweries in Germany and Denmark and has been used in the United States. In Mendig (Rhineland-Palatinate) the Gambrinusfest beer festival is held every two years.
- Gambrinus Brewery in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany
- Gambrinus Brewery in Oberhaid, Germany
- Gambrinus Brewery in Nagold, Germany
- Gambrinus Brewery in Naila, Germany
- Mohrenbrauerei August Huber Brewery has the black beer Gambrinus, Vorarlberg, Austria
- Hancock Brewery has the beer Gambrinus, Skive, Denmark
- Brauerei Ottakringer has the beer Gambrinus, Vienna, Austria
- Grivita Brewery has the beer Gambrinus, Bucharest, Romania
- August Wagner Breweries, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, USA (Defunct; Production rights acquired by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company; Company founder August Wagner was a native of Bavaria)