The father of Becherbitter was Josef Vitus Becher (1769–1840). Apart from trading in spices and colonial goods in his shop “U tří skřivanů” (“At the Three Skylarks”), he also devoted himself to the production of alcohol – already in 1794, he rented a stillhouse somewhere in the town and started to experiment with hard alcohol. Following the example of his forefathers, he also served in public office (as councillor, mayor and portreeve). Josef was married twice (his first wife died of pneumonia) and had a total of 16 children, although only five daughters and two sons outlived him. Josef’s business was taken over in 1838 by his son Johann Nepomuk Becher, called “Jan” in Czech.
From 1998 to 2003 a Slovak version was also sold, manufactured by Zdeněk Hoffmann in Domalice (formerly Taus) in Bohemia, who claimed that Alfred Becher had given his grandfather the recipe in 1939, with the right to manufacture the product, as he was worried that the secret might not survive the war. Hoffmann was unable to prove this in court, and in 2007 was sentenced by the Domalice district court.
Today there are only two people who know the secret of the entire production process: these two are the only ones allowed to enter the Drogikamr room, where, once a week, they prepare a mixture of the many herbs and spices used in the drink's creation. Some of the herbs are imported from abroad, and some of them grow around Karlovy Vary.
|Product Dimensions||28 x 10 x 5.5 cm|
|Storage Instructions||Cool and dry conditions|
|Manufacturer/Producer||Jan Becher-Karlovarskà Becherovka AS|
|Country Produced in||czech republic|