Prague Stories and Tips

A lesson: What to drink in Prague

Czech beer at the Two Cats Photo, Prague, Czech Republic

Now all that food needs to go down and if the Czechs are known for anything, it’s the way they appreciate their pivo, their beer.

Pilsner, the most famous Czech beer, originated in Bohemia, a region in central Europe which occupies the western and middle thirds of Czech Republic. Pilsner was first brewed in a town called Plzeň and the same brewery that developed it still makes Plzňské or what we know as Pilsner Urquell.

Each pub is supplied by only one brewery, or pivovar, but different types are usually available. No Czech beer lover ever drinks it canned as it is usually made for export. (Something I learned in Ireland and their Guinness.) Together with Plzňské from Plzeň comes Gambrinus.

Prague has its own, Staropramen, and there is also Krušovice Light from Královský.

Another famous Czech beer is České Budějovice or Budweiser Budvar. Budvar and Anheuser-Busch are still engaged in numerous trademark lawsuits around the world.

All of the above are light and golden in color; foamy and refreshing at the end. I liked them fine but my favorites were the dark lagers, Velkopopovický Kozel and U Fleků’s own tmavé brew.

If you can’t make up your mind, there is a combination of light and dark called Rezane, also from Velkopopovický.

When you enter a pub, you’re given a small piece of paper so that the waiter can tally your order. It’s a given that you’re going to drink beer, no matter what time it is. Beer will just keep coming to your table until you say something to your server otherwise.

We drank nine different kinds of beers each in three days! Not to mention the multiple quantities we drank of each kind. Just thinking of that feat deserves a beer!

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