Czech Village Brewery Seeks Help, Payment Is In Beer

An ancient brewery near Pilsen needs builders to assist its ongoing restoration efforts—and drink its original 11° beer Staff Jason Pirodsky

Written by StaffJason Pirodsky Published on 15.08.2017 12:16:55 (updated on 15.08.2017) Reading time: 2 minutes

Are you an English teacher looking to fill the hours before returning to a full class load this fall? Or just someone who wants to take a break from the daily grind and get paid not in convertible currency but drinkable beer? 

A small brewery near Pilsen is seeking help with its restoration efforts and its offer is one of the more unusual (though no less appealing) work opportunities we’ve spotted this summer.

In 2009 a group of local conservationists discovered that the malt-house of a Baroque country brewery in the Pilsen region was about to be demolished.

The brewery was established as a feudal brewery, founded and run by the local nobility. The first written notice of its existence comes from 1567, in the Chříč domain, which then encompassed the villages of Lhota, Holovousy, Hedčany, Studená, Březsko, Milíčov, Bělobožice, and Dubjany.

Photo: Pivovar Chříč - Propolis z. s. / Facebook
Photo: Pivovar Chříč – Propolis z. s. / Facebook

The civic association Propolis took over the dilapidated and almost unused building of the Chříč pivovar and with the help of thousands of volunteers began the process of creating not only an active brewery but a community space and interactive Everday Life in the Brewery museum.

Czech history (and beer) enthusiasts are currently needed to help build a wall of the brewery using traditional materials such as stones and clay, as well as prepare for the popular summer music festival Křič Fest 2017.

“We call it The Great Wall of Chříč,” says Markéta Votavová director of Tamjdem, the nonprofit that is organizing the beery week-long work camp from August 28 through September 2.

Photo: Pivovar Chříč - Propolis z. s. / Facebook
Photo: Pivovar Chříč – Propolis z. s. / Facebook

“After work, you can look forward to a special reward – Chříč original 11° beer, beautiful countryside, mixing with the locals, delicious home-made meals, and other interesting activities,” says Votavová.

Volunteers will spend the last day of the session enjoying the festival.

To read more about the activities of Tamjdem see our article How to Make Your Summer Travels More Meaningful.

To sign up to help out at Chříč, see here.

If you are unable to join in the restoration project, you can still sample Chříč beer, which boasts five kinds of brews plus seasonal specials, at these Prague pubs, cafes, and restaurants.


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