Brno Brewing and Malting Industry in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
Keywords:brewing, malting, topography, municipal corporation, Middle Ages, early modern period, Brno
According to written sources, the rich history of Brno brewing industry began in 1243. At that time the malthouses were expelled behind the city walls and were concentrated mainly in the first suburban district. A part of the urban elite had developed among malting people, many of whom became members of Brno City Council. Beer production in the Middle Ages was concentrated in several commercial breweries. Brewers never reached such a status and wealth as maltsters did. However main part of the Brno burgher business was focused on growing wine and wine trade. For this reason the town itself dominated brewing business during the 16th century. From that period the only Brno city brewery operated at Starobrněnská Street until abolition of the Mile Law in 1788.