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Celebrating Czech Culture: Pivovar Proud’s Brewmaster Shares Her Passion

Celebrating Czech Culture: Pivovar Proud’s Brewmaster Shares Her Passion

Podcast Episode 297: Pivovar Proud Brewmaster Lenka Straková Has a Place to Play in Plzeň

The Exciting World of Beer Brewing

For lovers of craft beer, there is nothing quite as satisfying as tasting their favourite brews in all their hoppy, malty, and refreshing glory. But have you ever wondered about the people behind the beer, the master brewers who carefully craft and refine each batch to perfection? In podcast episode 297, we explore the exciting world of beer brewing as we interview Pivovar Proud Brewmaster Lenka Straková.

A Conversation with Lenka Straková

Lenka Straková is an accomplished brewmaster who has been perfecting her craft since she was a student at the Pivovarská škola brewing school in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Today, she is the head brewer at Pivovar Proud, a popular brewery known for its delicious beers and lively atmosphere.

In our interview, Lenka shares her passion for brewing and discusses some of the challenges and rewards of running a brewery. She describes the process of recipe development, from selecting the right malts and hops to experimenting with different flavours and aromas. She also talks about the importance of quality control and ensuring that each batch of beer tastes just as it should.

The Importance of Community in Brewing

One of the things that sets Lenka and Pivovar Proud apart is their commitment to their community. They see their brewery not only as a place to enjoy great beer, but also as a hub for socializing, cultural events, and community building.

Lenka explains how they host events such as concerts, beer tastings, and food fairs to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. She also shares some of the challenges of running a business in a tight-knit community, including the need to balance growth and success with the need to remain authentic and true to their roots.

The Future of Beer Brewing

As we wrap up our conversation with Lenka, we ask her about her thoughts on the future of beer brewing. She comments on the growing interest in craft beer and the increasing demand for innovative and unique flavours. She also talks about the importance of sustainability and the impact of brewing on the environment.

Lenka’s passion for brewing and her commitment to her community are an inspiration to anyone who loves beer. Her dedication to quality, innovation, and community-building make Pivovar Proud not just a place to drink, but a place to play, to explore, and to experience the joy of great beer with friends and family.


In podcast episode 297, we were honoured to speak with Lenka Straková, the talented brewmaster behind Pivovar Proud. From recipe development to quality control to community building, Lenka’s insights and experiences shed light on this exciting and ever-evolving industry. Whether you’re a seasoned beer lover or new to the craft beer scene, Lenka’s passion and dedication will inspire you to raise a glass to the art of brewing.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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