Our Story… So Far
Myddleton Road Market
In July was our first attendance at our local market together with the crew of ‘The Prince Pub’ at Myddleton Road Market marked a huge turning point in our small business. Our beers grew in popularity on that Sunday and we felt thoroughly welcomed and embraced by the local community.
The Prince N22
Premiere of our beer in first pub. We have our own tap at newly reopened ‘The Prince’ pub in N22. Lagers Victoria and Sparta are rotated and we could not be prouder.
We teamed up with Chaela from Ocho Media who have started to develop our brand, identity, marketing and everything to do with image. We are looking good! 😉
The breaking point came when Zdenek took a keg of the blond ale for his friend’s roof party. It was a huge success and with that talks about a craft beer business started up again. The details of the business collaboration were agreed within a week.
One month later
One month later Bohem Brewery Limited was registered and suitable premises were leased by May. The space needed a lot of revamping to be suitable for brewing and Petr and Zdenek (with the help of friends!) worked full time in their day job while dedicating every spare minute to build their dream.
Summer fun and Take-away’s
The seriously fun work started when Bohem Brewery created their first 120L batch of Victoria. Nervously waiting for the 4 week maturing period to pass to find that larger quantities were producing the quality Petr was happy with. His quality control is tough and only a perfect brew will pass.
Home delivery orders from friends and colleagues came in immediately once the 10L kegs, dispenser taps and ice-packs were purchased. The business was truly born.
Petr moves to a house with garden and a garage in Hillingdon. In terms of the history of Bohem it meant almost immediately transition to conditioning in KEGs. Many garden parties for good friends with barbecue, football on TV and DRAUGHT BEER!! followed.
The popularity of his lagers among his friends as well as the new space encouraged Petr to take brewing further. Experimentation began to brew a Belgium Blonde ale and a stout. By the end of autumn he had the basic 4 recipes, two of which we are still using today.
Once upon a time in a far away land called the Czech Republic…, now that would indeed be a fairy tale… but here is how it really began:
Petr, now Bohem’s the head brewer, has made the very first effort in the Spring of 2012 when he brewed his first 20L batch pale lager (today’s Victoria), in his flat in Golders Green, North London. It was a huge excitement, brewing in accordance to his longstanding traditions of his motherland and birthplace of the Pilsner beer. He had his own beer in comfort of his home (watching his favourite football team – Sparta) for less than tenth of bar/pub price!
One Month on
The first batch of what was to become Sparta, Bohem’s half-dark lager, was brewed at the same place. The beer was only bottle conditioned at that time.
For the next 12 month’s he tirelessly improved the recipes of both brews. A true perfectionist! Shame that his football team wasn’t keeping up.