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Czech Lager is made from just four ingredients: Hops, Malt, Yeast and Water.

Then “the rights” enter the picture – the right recipe, the right brewing method, the right equipment, and the right expertise. All of these “rights”, paired with “the right” ingredients, enable brewers like you to craft excellent, drinkable beer.

At Bines and Vines, we’ll provide you with all “the rights” you need to reach your brewing goals, particularly when it comes to brewing Czech lager. Czech lager is trending globally for good reason. It’s not too hoppy. It’s very refreshing. And it’s highly drinkable.

It’s also a fairly “technical” brew known to be a bit unforgiving. To counter this, we can pair you with Czech brewing experts who are keen to collaborate with you, sharing their knowledge and expertise. Why would they want to do this? They are hoping you’ll be equally forthcoming, sharing your insights and expertise when it comes to brewing beer styles they want to perfect, such as Stout, IPAs, Sours.

Czech Hops

Czech hops are some of the most in-demand hops in the world, having a long and well-documented history that goes back to the 8th and 9th centuries. The quality of any hop is largely dependent on good genes, climate, and soil conditions. Czech hops excel in all of these areas.

Many brewers are familiar with Saaz, a premier Czech aroma hop. However, it’s not uncommon for a Czech lager to use other aroma hops such as Saaz Special, Sladek or Premiant. Bittering hops are also used such as Agnus, as is Kazbek, a popular flavour hop.

Although commonly used in lagers, Czech hops can be used in other styles of beer or even ciders.



Traditional high-quality fine aroma hop for the second and later hopping of excellent lager beers.

Alpha acids: 2.5-4.5%
Beta acids: 4.0-6.0%
Cohumulone: 23.0-26.0% of AA
Total oils: 0.4-0.8g/100g

Saaz Special


Traditional high quality fine aroma hop form second or later hopping of lager beers. More floral with slightly higher alphas than traditional Czech Saaz. Produced by Top Hop, Czech Republic.

Alpha acids: 4.5-8.0%
Beta acids: 5.0-11.0%
Cohumulone: 20-24% of AA
Total oils: 0.7-1.8g/100g



High standard aroma hop with excellent influence on well-balanced bitterness and fine hoppy aroma in lager beers.

Alpha acids: 4.5-8.0%
Beta acids: 4.0-7.0%
Cohumulone: 23.0-30.0% of AA
Total oils: 1.0-2.0g/100g



Popular dual-purpose hop with a pleasant hoppy aroma. It adds stable bitterness, full taste and nice long bitter aftertaste in beers and ales.

Alpha acids: 7.0-10.0%
Beta acids: 3.5-5.5%
Cohumulone: 18.0-23.0% of AA
Total oils: 1.0-2.0g/100g



Standard bitter hop with intense hoppy aroma, pleasant bitterness and long aftertaste in beers and ales. Applicable for basic and the second hopping.

Alpha acids: 9.0-12.0%
Beta acids: 4.0-5.5%
Cohumulone: 29.0-38.0% of AA
Total oils: 2.0-3.0g/100g



The first flavour aroma hop with herbal, floral, spicy and intense citrusy aroma. Applicable for the second, late and dry hopping of beers and ales, excellent in wheat beers.

Alpha acids: 5.0-8.0%
Beta acids: 4.0-6.0%
Cohumulone: 35.0-40.0% of AA
Total oils: 0.9-1.8g/100g








Czech lagers or “pilsners” originated in the Czech town of Plzen, hence the name. These lagers are brewed using pilsner malts. Malt produced from Czech-grown barley is known as Bohemia Pilsner Malt.

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Any number of pilsner styles of yeast can be used to produce an excellent lager. Some are more available than others. Czech yeast can be made available for those interested in producing an Authentic Czech Lager (ACL).

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Mailing address:
Bines & Vines
50 Golfview Drive, Stratford
Prince Edward Island C1B 2V6

Phone: 1.902.448.5231

About Us

We’re John and Brenda Steinsky from PEI. John is a proud first-generation Czech Canadian. Since May 2018, he has served as an Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic in PEI and New Brunswick, also covering Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in an “acting” capacity. In addition to providing consular services to Czech nationals in these provinces, John was keen to promote “economic diplomacy” with Atlantic Canadians, by sharing Czech goods and services they otherwise might not have access to.

Beer and wine seemed like good fits given the proliferation of craft brewing in the Maritimes and local interest in "new old-world wines." Czech wine is often described as "the best wines you’ve never heard of." We’re hoping to change that!