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Beer in Hungary has been brewed for well over a thousand years and the country has a significant history of commercial beer production.
The first commercial brewery in Hungary was established in Buda in 1845 by Peter Schmidt. During the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kőbánya district of Budapest became the centre of Hungary's brewing industry. The Dreher brewery is named after Anton Dreher, the creator of the Vienna lager style. He created the brewery in Budapest in 1862 and it came to dominate the Hungarian market before the Second World War.
|Dreher Breweries |
|Asahi Breweries||Peter Schmidt (est. 1854) |
Anton Dreher (est. 1862)
|Dreher Classic |
Kőbányai Világos (pilsener-style lagers)
Dreher Bak (a double bock)
|Borsod Brewery |
|Molson Coors Brewing Company||Magyar Országos Söripari Vállalat (est. 1973)||Borsodi Világos |
Borostyán (English: Amber)
|Heineken Hungária |
|Heineken||Julius Lenck (est. 1895)||Soproni |
Talléros (English: Coin Worth)
Arany Hordó (English: Golden Barrel)
Sárkány Sör (English: Dragon Beer)
|Pécs Brewery |
|Szemerey family||Leopold Hirschfeld (1848)||Pécsi Szalon |
Tavaszi Sör (English: Spring Beer)
Három Király (English: Three Kings)
Lately, some microbreweries have also set up in Hungary, such as Fóti, Legenda, Monyó, Csupor or Mad Scientist. In the 2010s, a lively craft beer scene evolved, with numerous local breweries, festivals and bottleshops.
In Hungary, people traditionally do not clink their glasses or mugs when drinking beer. There is an urban legend in Hungarian culture that Austrian generals clinked their beer glasses to celebrate the execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad in 1849. Many people still follow the tradition, although younger people often disavow it, citing that the vow was only meant to last 150 years.
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