The period of the Czech national renaissance brought with it, among other things, increased popularity of Czech beer. It was during this time and for these reasons that the Staropramen and Ostravar breweries were built.
The idea to build a new brewery in Smíchov had been debated since the mid-sixties of the 19th century. The decision to go forward and turn the plan into reality – in the form of a Czech joint stock company – was made on 21 April 1868. The imaginary clock representing the history of Smíchov beer began to tick in February 1869 with the granting of a trade permit for the construction project. A few months later, on 23 October 1869, the engineer Gustav Noback handed over to the principal shareholders the building plans and construction started on a complex of brewery buildings on the left bank of the Vltava River.
In Ostrava, a plan hatched by local Czech businessmen to establish their own brewery began to take shape in December, 1896, when the required building permit was issued. One year later, the first General Meeting of the newly established "Czech Joint Stock Brewery in Moravská Ostrava" took place. The brewery's construction was completed during the following year. Unlike its 100% German local rival at the time, the new brewery was financed exclusively by Czech capital. The first batch of beer was brewed in 1898. Since then, Ostravar has brewed beer with a taste and character typical for the Ostrava region.