Václav Berka

Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Head Brewmaster Emeritus

Václav Berka was educated in beer and brewing since the high school and his time at the University of Prague. During his long career, extending more than 40 years, Václav has been intertwined with Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell Brewery), representing the third generation of the Berka family to work there. He worked in Pilsen as a trainee, cellarmaster, brewmaster, brewery director, and head brewmaster. Over time, his face has become inseparable from the Pilsner Urquell brand. He was Prazdroj’s thirteenth head brewmaster, and in 2005, he started working as a senior trade brewmaster. In this role, Václav has continued to support the Pilsner Urquell brand and contribute to enhancing the quality of the Czech beer culture, not only in the Czech Republic, but worldwide. He has also acted as an ambassador of strategy aimed at supporting the pilsner craft beer category. Today, as the Head Brewmaster Emeritus, it is his intention to continue this tradition and nurture it going forward.