Focusing on their Czech heritage and great lager beers
Bohemian Brewery was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in December of 2001 by the husband wife team of Joe and Helen Petras. Rather than offering a wide range of craft beers, the Petras decided to focus on what they knew best: their Czech heritage and the great lager beers of Europe.
The couple immigrated from the former Czechoslovakia to Salt Lake City in 1980 and yearned to start a business that celebrated their passion for beer as well as their homeland. This inspiration became the building blocks of Bohemian Brewery.
Since day one, the brewery has crafted traditional lager beers that tend to be low in alcohol and all of them adhere to the German Purity Laws (or Rheinheitsgebot). This set of guidelines states that the only ingredients allowed in the production of beer are: water, barley, and hops. Furthermore, unlike young beer like British-style ales which are only allowed to ferment for 2-3 weeks at higher temperatures, Bohemian Brewery ferments their lagers at just above freezing for a minimum of 8 weeks. This allows for natural carbonization to occur, giving a crisp, clean finish with a full bodied beer.
In 2005, Bohemian Brewery took another step, further defining their part of the craft beer revolution: they moved to cans! At the time, Bohemian Brewery was one of 10 U.S. breweries using cans, and today that number has increased exponentially.
Today, Bohemian Brewery is run by Helen Petras and her son Pete. Joe Petras sadly passed away in October of 2012, but his brewing legacy lives on in the success of his Utah brewery.