After five years of growth Czech beer production last year dropped by 0.7 percent to 20.3 million hectolitres.
The drop was caused by lower demand on the domestic market which the Czech Association of Malt Houses and Beer Brewers ascribes to the smoking ban in pubs and restaurants that went into effect in May of 2017.
Czech beer consumption dropped by five litres per head to 138 litres per year. On the other hand beer exports were up by 4.5 percent.
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