The middle of the 19th century was the time of unprecedented flourishing of Czech brewing, which achieved worldwide distinction. Those days mark the development of industrial production of malt and beer, new breweries were built – town’s, shareholders’ as well as private.
Josef František Daubek who bought Chateau Liteň in the 1850s, also generously invested in buildings and technology for brewing and alcohol production, substantially modernizing the Liteň steam brewery from the middle of the 16th century. The brewhouse built in 1877 had the capacity of 75 hl. In 1884, beer production had been raised by 36 hl per year. Liteň beer always enjoyed a good reputation and ‘the young lord’ Josef Šebastián Daubek personally oversaw the brewing process with great skill and experience. Word of mouth has it that “when he was brewing, beer was at its best of all time”. The First World War almost stopped the brewery production, and brewing never reached its pre-war quantities after 1918.
Brewing in Liteň stopped in 1960’s. The brewery building,dominated by two chimneys, is a great example of industrial architecture at the end of the 19th century. Adjacent to it is the former warehouse building with an underlying extensive labyrinth of cellars. The distillery that used to be part of the complex was demolished in 1965.
Today, the brewery buildings are in total disrepair, and their utilization as a brewery will require a complete architectural renovation and the addition of modern amenities.