A Czech Republic Guide for Beer Lovers
Czech Republic is the country with highest ranks of beer consumption per capita in the world, followed by its neighbors Austria and Germany. It’s also a very popular destination among beer lovers because of its (very) good, (very) abundant and (very) cheap beer. So that, I decided to list some places all over the country that are completely unmissable for those that want to see and try the best of the czech beer.
Notice that almost everywhere on Czech Republic there are very interesting breweries and taverns. As I have to keep this article short, I will just mention some of them. If you have any suggestion about a place that should be added to this list, leave it in the comment section please.
Prague, as the charming capital of the beautiful Czech Republic, shouldn’t (mustn’t, I would say) be missed either you are looking for good beer or not. If you are, there is one place where it’s mandatory to go, the restaurant and brewery U Fleku, the only one in Central Europe which has been brewing continuously for over 500 years. From outside, it’s just a simple yellow building lost in a quiet part of town but since the moment you pass the door of the pub and one of the garçons imediatelly guides you to a table on the noisy courtyard or on one of the many historical halls, you understand why this place is now on every Prague guidebook. Once there, don’t forget to order a Flekovský Lezák 13° (the beer that is brewed there), a Becherovka (a czech herbal bitters) and a Mead (a delicious honey liqueur).
U Krále Brabantského
Other place in Prague that I highly recommend for beer lovers is a medieval tavern called U Krále Brabantského, which I accidentally found after an wonderful but very tiring afternoon spent exploring the beautiful Prague’s Castle. Luckily not as crowded as U Fleků, this place will make you go back in time to the medieval age. The dirty old wooden tables where the rustic beer is served, the darkness of the rooms, the bill that is brought inside a skull or a shoe and the unpolite staff that shouts with you and hits you with an whip: all of this is part of the scenery. Some people sitted near us didn’t liked but we just couldn’t stop laughting everytime the staff came to hit us again. It was really funny!
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
The Pilsner Urquell Brewery, in the city of Pilsen, is a must-visit not just for those that love beer but also for those that, not being such big fans of the drink, want to experience the best that the country has to offer. Pilsner Urquell is not only popular in the Czech Republic but all around the world and that’s in the city of Pilsen where magic happens. A guided tour through the old and the modern brewery will be an experience to remember, not to mention the excellent cup of beer that will be given to you in the in the end, while you wander through the historic cellars. So good!
Budweiser Budvar Brewery
Other pretty famous brewery that is open to the public is the Budweiser Budvar Brewery, in the city of Ceské Budejovice, which I didn’t had the chance to visit. If you did, let me know how is it in the comment section bellow.
If you are that obsessed for beer, I think I know exactly what you are loking for: Beer Spa, which is becoming really popular not only in the charming thermal town of Karlovy Vary, where it was initially created, but also in other places all over the country such as Pilsen, Písek u Jablunkova, Harrachov, Olomouc and Prague.
Last but maybe most importantly
Go to local bars where you and your friends are the only foreigns. Order one of the many beers of the manu and then drink it calmly while watching an ice hockey or football match on the TV and while earing the noisy conversations of the many locals sitted around you. Close your eyes, swallow the golden liquid, smile and then say to yourself ‘Welcome to the Czech Republic’.