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Jan 12, 2013 05:11 PM

Budvar beer

Do any liquor stores in the Twin Cities sell Budvar (Czech version of Budweiser) beer?

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  1. If Surdyk's doesn't carry it, probably no one does.

    1. You can always ask at Ale Jail (in St Paul) or Four Firkins (in SLP) but you should be prepared to be greeted with some derision.

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      1. re: bkmnus

        I have never been greeted with derision at either of those stores. The staff have been nothing but excellent and very helpful, even when I confess to ignorance.

      2. Zipps would be another one to try.

        1. I can almost guarantee you won't find Budvar in a local liquor store. Budvar can't be sold under that name anywhere in the US and Canada. The beer you're looking for is called Czechvar here.

          There's been a long-standing trademark dispute over the name. Take a look at

          At one point, I'm pretty sure I saw it at Trader Joes. You might want to give them a call.

          1. Thanks, everyone. I preparing an eastern European dish and thought folks would get a kick out of the Budvar.

            No, I don't drink Budweiser so I guess I would be embarrassed to ask at a place like Surdyks or Four Firkens.

            Thanks for those details, Kilgore.

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            1. re: shoo bee doo

              There's no need to be embarrassed about asking for Czechvar at Sudyk's or Four Firkens. Czechvar (IMO) is a much better tasting beer than Bud. The only thing the two beers have in common is the trademark dispute. I've had Czechvar in the Czech Republic, and it's an excellent lager.

              1. re: foreverhungry

                I thought that might be the case, but I wasn't sure.

                1. re: shoo bee doo

                  I'm pretty sure I've seen Czechvar at the 44th and France liquor store. And I've bought it without shame at other stores in the past.