A technical historical monument, the steam-powered Brewery of Lobeč near Mšeno is a witness of the five-hundred-years old tradition of beer brewing in the Kokořín region.
The first written reference to the brewery dates back to 1586, while the Renaissance core of the existing structure was built around 1600. Between 1894 and1897, Rudolf Cicvárek, a lawyer and owner of the estate, had the original modest artisanal manufactory - once possession of the local gentry of Věžník - rebuilt to become a steam-powered production unit. The project was authored by a renowned engineer, Johan Rosenberg.
The joint stock company knew its golden years in the early 1900s, when, with an execellent South-Bohemia-born brewer Josef Tománek, the yearly production averaged 10 thousand hectolitres. Special Lobeč dark brews, 18° Porter and Bavarian Lager, were especially famous regionwide. Since 1927, the brewery became property of Joint Stock Breweries from nearby Podkováň. The production was suspended in the wartime year 1943, in 1948, the idle brewery was taken over by the national administrator, while the brewing unit in Podkováň was kept in operation until 1951. Since 1956, the premises were used merely as a warehouse, first for a state company trading with fruits and vegetables, and then, for many years, by a state farm. The vandalic demolition of some parts of the buildings commissioned by those who acquired the premises after the November Revolution only added more to the overall devastation.
Since 2007, the premises are possessed by RIOFRIO architectural platform and the exemplary redevelopment and revival of the brewery as a tourist attraction of the Kokořínsko protected landscape area is in progress. The brewery was declared a cultural monument by the Ministry of Culture in 2009, in 2013 it was integrated within the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). In autumn 2015, the rescue, redevelopment and commissioning of the brewery were awarded the prestigious Patrimonium pro futuro conservationist prize. In recent years, the endeavours within a number of small-scale projects enjoyed support from the Ministry of Culture, the Central Bohemian Region, MAS (Local Action Group) Vyhlídky and, through the State Agricultural Investments Fund, from the EU.
The renewed brewery was graciously blessed by La Salette Father Jack on Saturday, May 30, 2015. And, as early as in February 2016, two Lobeč beers were awarded by the Bronzel Beer Seal (GBS Awards 2016).