The Czech Beer and Malt Association said beer production by affiliated breweries fell by 5.9 percent last year compared with 2008. It added that most of the decrease stemmed from the fall in local demand but exports also dropped by more than 10 percent. It is the first time since the creation of the Czech Republic. Non-alcoholic beer production, which has sharply increased over recent years, also fell back by 1.0 percent. Final figures for total Czech beer production should be released in the summer.