Episode 66

Published on:

20th Aug 2021

Episode 66: Becherovka

Episode 66 features Becherovka, the most famous spirit from the Czech Republic. Bottled in 750ml at 38% ABV, or 76 proof, it retails for $22.

Enjoy this episode with some Becherovka neat.

Becherovka's official website: https://becherovka.com/en

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1794 -Josef Becher leases a stillhouse in his hometown of Karlovy Vary
  • 1805 - English physician Christian Frobrig gifts Josef Becher the recipe to a new liqueur
  • 1807 - Becher's English Bitters is first sold
  • 1838 - Jan Becher takes over the business, and Becher's English Bitters are first available in Paris
  • 1866 - The bespoke bottle is designed
  • 1867 - A new factory is constructed, today it's the visitor's center
  • 1900 - The brand wins a major award in Paris
  • 1907 - Centennial of the brand
  • 1922 - The product is first trademarked
  • 1948 - The communists nationalize Becher's Carlsbad Bitter liqueur and rename is Becherovka
  • 1997 - Becherovka is privatized again, with Pernod-Ricard from France assuming ownership
  • 2010 - A new factory is constructed

Key Cocktails:

Becherovka is usually consumed as a chilled shot or on the rocks, the the signature cocktail, the Beton is popular.


• 1 part Becherovka

• 2 parts Tonic Water

• Lemon Wedge as Garnish

Combine ingredients over ice in a collins or rocks glass and enjoy!


YouTube Video on the History & Production of Becherovka

YouTube Video on Production of Becherovka

Radio CZ Feature on Becherovka

Wikipedia Article on Becherovka

Wikipedia Article on Karlovy Vary

Web Article on Becherovka

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Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur
Podcast dedicated to drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits.
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Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit's backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment.

This podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year's resolution to himself - which was to drink more!

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Matthew Birchard

I'm a fan of distilled spirits, and marketer by trade. Native of Portland, Oregon, USA.