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Žatec (zhäˈtĕts), Ger. Saaz, city (1991 pop. 21,422), NW Czech Republic, in Bohemia. It is a center for agricultural trade. Žatec was founded in the 11th cent. The city was captured and burned by the Swedes in 1639, during the Thirty Years War.
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a city in Czechoslovakia, on the Ohře River, in Severočeský Krai, Czech Socialist Republic. Population, 16,300 (1968). Žatec is a railway junction and the regional center for hop- growing and brewing. The city has a church from the 14th century and a town hall from the 16th century.

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The team found out that the quality of Saaz hops - the delicate variety used to make pilsner lager - has been decreasing in recent years.
And the vegetarian section features delicious dishes including Saaz Savara - crispy spinach cups filled with cottage cheese and peas served with a mint roti and delicate tomato sauce.
We are using a Czech hops called Saaz," said David L.
At the function, Manoj Bhatt presented four patriotic songs with his orchestra Saaz Aur Awaaz to add flavour to the evening.
Inside is Cain's Finest Lager (5%), one of the best British lagers, matured for a full three months using Maris Otter malt and Saaz hops, to give a full-bodied flavour.
The Gold, an all-malt pilsner beer using Saaz hops from the Czech Republic, will mainly target customers in their 20s or 30s who have not had a generational beer brand until now, Kirin said.
He went on to produce hits including "April Fool," "Saaz aur awaz" (Sound & Voice) and "Sharmilee" (The Bashful One).
Groll's gift was the soft water and fragrant, floral Saaz hops of the region, which he combined with a newly available pale malt and the bottom-fermenting yeast he had brought with him, thus creating the world's first golden lager.
Special Saaz hops from the Czech Republic add to the beer's aroma and festive taste.
The original and best Budvar from Europe, not the USA, which uses Moravian malt, Saaz hops and soft water from deep underground wells.
With Santiam, ARS has now provided domestic alternatives to all three premier European aroma hops: Tettnanger, Hallertau, and Saaz. In 1997, ARS hop varieties accounted for two-thirds of the U.S.