Beer production in the Czech Republic hit a record high in the first half of this year, according to recent figures.

The Czech Association of Beer and Malt Producers (CSPS) said yesterday (8 August) that beer production in the country hit 9.94m hectolitres in the first six months of 2007, representing a 4% lift on the corresponding period a year earlier.

The association credited the increase to the mild winters and the early start of spring experienced in many markets around the world.

Czech's largest brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, produced 611,500 hectolitres of beer in the period, the CSPS noted, an 11% lift on H1 2006.

The association has forecast that beer production for the full-year should break 20m hectolitres for the country's brewers, which would beat last year's total of 19.8m hectolitres.