Czech beer output dropped 0.24% last year to 17.9m hectolitres, the Czech Brewing and Malting Association said.
 
Smaller breweries saw the largest decline with output from breweries annually producing between 120,000 and 200,000 hl down by 41%. But output of larger breweries was up, according to the Association.

Czech beer exports grew by 17% to 1.8m hl, which the Association believes will continue to compensate for a fall in domestic consumption.
 
Last year's biggest exporter was Plzensky Prazdroj group with over 580,000 hl, followed by Budejovicky Budvar with nearly 529,000 hl and Staropramen with 295,000 hl.
 
The Association said it thought the brewing sector in the country had finished consolidating and no further major changes were expected.