PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Famed Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar resumed production of the original Budweiser beer Thursday, two days after unprecedented flooding shut down operations, officials said.
Spokeswoman Denisa Mylbachrova said the brewery was forced to halt production Tuesday when large parts of the town of Ceske Budejovice, 90 miles south of Prague, were flooded.
"The brewery was without steam and electricity," Mylbachrova said, adding that the brewery had never before had experienced such troubles.
Although part of the brewery was flooded, it escaped significant damage, she said.
"Damages caused by the flood are minimal," the brewery's director-general, Jiri Bocek, said in a statement. "The quality of the beer will not be affected."
Budejovicky Budvar was founded in 1895 in Ceske Budejovice -- called Budweis by the German-speaking people who populated the area at the time. Beer has been brewed there since 1265.
The founders of American brewer Anheuser-Busch used the name Budweiser for their product because it was well-known in their German homeland. They founded their brewery in 1876.
Disputes over the trademark date back to 1906, when the Czech brewery began exporting its product to the United States. The two competitors are embroiled in about 60 lawsuits across Europe.