Czech average beer consumption per capita in 2003 is expected to outstrip 2002, according to the chairman of the Czech Association of Beer and Malt Producers. Jan Vesely credits the probable rise to the hot summer in 2003.

In 2002, the average beer consumption per capita in the Czech Republic reached 162 litres. The country has the highest consumption of beer per capita in the world.

Beer output in the Czech Republic for 2003 is expected to hit 18.5m hectolitres, according to estimates from the Association of Beer and Malt Producers, with exports expected to beat 2m hectolitres.