Travel Photo of the Day: Czech Beer

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In a country with some of the world’s oldest beer traditions, 'Budweiser' means more than you might expect

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Pilsner Urquell is one of the most popular beers in the Czech Republic.

Did you know that Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world? Although they brew a variety of beers, some of the most popular Czechs beers are pale (usually pilsner) lagers. A couple of the country's more famous pale beer brands that non-Czechs may be familiar with include Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser Budvar.

Throughout much of the world, the name "Budweiser" might evoke another well-known beer brand. In the European Union, however, the term has a history of contested use. The first brewery to use the term was the Budějovický měšťanský pivovar, founded in 1792 in the city of Ceske Budejovice (also known by its German name, Budweis).

The American brewer Anheuser-Busch released another "Budweiser" beer in 1876. This move eventually led to a trademark dispute that gave Budweiser Budvar a Protected Geographical Indication in the European Union. This means that Budweiser Budvar has exclusive control over the Budweiser brand name throughout the whole EU. In the U.S. and Canada, though, one can find Budweiser Budvar under a different name: Czechvar.

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