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The Ultimate Prague #PubCrawl

If you want to try the best beers in Prague, you should find local pubs with tank beer on tap near the city center and town squares (there are a few bars with beer lights on practically every block, plus 75 casinos). Drinks are much cheaper if you walk a block off the main streets, especially during holidays when the popular pubs are packed with standing room only. There are many beer gardens, restaurants, clubs, and pubs on every block of every street in Prague.

Ask if they have your favorite brand of beer as: tank beer, unpasturized beer, unfiltered beer, or black beer, as well as the original golden pilsners. Be adventurous and sample their traditional bar appetizers (ask your server for recommendations): fresh bread, dumplings (with gravy or fruit), schnitzels, sausages, weiners & brats, herring, various meat & cheese plates (camembert), grilled cheese, fried cheese, pickled cheese.

  1. Pilsner Urquell: Pour Your Own at The Pub (Veleslavínova 3, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); (Nefiltrovaný) Unfiltered Tank Pilsner at Restaurace Na Hradčanské (M. Horákové 125, 160 00 Praha 6); Golden Tiger (Husova 228/17, 110 00 Prague 1); Botel Admiral (on the Vltava River by Vysehrad Castle); best-selling beer in Prague and "the original pilsner" lager brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic (est. 1842) *All light beers are copies, including 90% of *ALL* beers worldwide!
  2. Budweiser Budvar: Cvikl, B:Dark, B:Strong 7.5%, B:Original; Botel Albatros on the Vltava River below Letna Park; Budvarka (Wuchterlova 336/22, 160 00 Praha 6-Dejvice); In Loco (Rybná 678/9, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); the original "Budweiser" beer brewed in Budweis, Czech Republic (est. 1785 from 12th century Imperial Brewery of the Holy Roman Emperor)
  3. U Medvidku: 1466 14.66°, XBEER-33 11.8%, Pivovice X40, Beer ice-cream; U Medvidku Brewery, Restaurant & Hotel (Na Perštýně 7, 100 01 Praha 1); brewed in Prague1 (1466)
  4. U Fleků: Flekovský Tmavý Ležák 13° Black Beer; U Fleků Brewery (Křemencova 11 in New Town, Praha 1) brewed in Prague1, Czech Republic (est. 1499)
  5. Staropramen: Staropramen Brewery in Andel, Prague (99Kc for 4 tastings); Potrefená Husa (Platnéřská 88/9, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); brewed in Prague, Czech Republic (est. 1869)
  6. Břevnov: Břevnovský Benedict Imperial Pilsner 20°: Břevnov Monastery Tavern (Markétská 28/1 169 00 Praha 6 – Břevnov); brewed in Prague (est. 993)
  7. Klášter: Strahov Monastic Brewery (Strahovské nádvoří 301/10, 118 00 Praha-Hradčany); brewed in Prague1 (1140)
  8. Lobkowicz Premium: Pivovary Lobkowicz (Hvězdova 1716/2b, 140 00 Praha), or Cross Club (Plynární 23, 170 00 Praha 7); brewed in Prague (est. 1540)
  9. Ferdinand: 7 Bullets Beer 12° & Black Beer at Ferdinanda Restaurant in Lesser Quarter (Karmelitská 379/18, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana); or Ferdinanda Restaurant in New Town (Politických vězňů 1597/19, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město); brewed at Pivovar Ferdinand in Benešov, Czech Republic (est. 1872)
  10. Bernard: Black Avalanch or Black Lager; Bernard Pub Andel (Radlická 112/22, 150 00 Praha 5), Bernard Pub Bruselská (Bruselská 328/8, 120 00 Praha 2), unfiltered Bernard on tap at Prague Beer Museum (Smetanovo nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); or Beer Spa Bernard costs $100+ for 1-2 people (Týn 644/10, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); brewed in Humpolec, Czech Republic (16th century, est. 1991)
  11. Kozel: Kozlovna Apropos (Křižovnická 4, 110 00 Praha 1 Staré Město); brewed in Velké Popovice, Czech Republic (est. 1874)
  12. Radegast: Pivnice Radegast (Templová 1, 110 00 Hl.m. Praha 1), Tank Beer at Pivnice U Rudolfina (Křižovnická 60, 10 Staré Město - Praha 1); brewed in Nošovice, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic (est. 1970) owned by Pilsner Urquell (since 1999)
  13. Krusovice: Freemasonic Club Pub in Old Town Square, Prague (Týnská 10, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); Karlovy Lázně & Ice Pub (Praha l, Smetanovo nábřeží 198/1, PSČ 11000); brewed in Royal Brewery of Krušovice, Czech Republic (est. 1583)
  14. Gambrinus: (Unpasteurized); U Templáře (Masná 698/17, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město), or Gambrinus Pub (Za Pohořelcem 47/7, 169 00 Praha 6); Letná Park Beer Garden (Letenské Sady); brewed at Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic (1869)
  15. Starobrno: Výtopna Railway Restaurant beers served from bar by toy trains (Palác Fénix, Václavské nám. 802/56, Nové Město, 110 00); brewed in Brno, Czech Republic (est. 1325), merged with Royal Brewery of Krušovice (Heineken)
  16. Bakalář: Honey 14°: Prague Beer Museum (Náměstí Míru, Americká 341/43, Praha 2; or Smetanovo Nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město); brewed in Rakovník, Czech Republic (1454)
  17. Pardál: Pivnice U Plavců (Trojická 8, Praha 2); brewed at Budweiser Budvar Brewery in Budweis, Czech Republic (est. 2007 from 12th century Imperial Brewery of the Holy Roman Emperor)
  18. Pražačka: Taverna Toscana (Malé nám. 459/11, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město); brewed at Bakalář brewery in Rakovník, Czech Republic (1454)
  19. Hostan Hradní: Billa, Albert, or Tesco; Sir Toby's Pub (Dělnická 24 - Praha 7); brewed in the Town of Znojmo (1278), now owned by Heineken
  20. Svijany: Restaurace U Rokytky (Náměstí Dr. Václava Holého 7 Praha 8 - Libeň); brewed in Castle Svijany, Czech Republic (1564)
  21. Berounský Medvěd (20° Grizzly or Honey "Med"): Beer Story (Dlouhá 14, Praha 1-Staré Město); brewed at Berounský Medvěd Pivovar in Beroun, Czech Republic (1872)
  22. Zlatopramen: Billa, Albert, or Tesco; Kafárna Na kus řeči (Bezručovy sady 1 Praha 2 - Vinohrady); formerly brewed in Pivovar Krásné Březno (1642), now owned by Heineken
  23. Březňák: Billa, Albert, or Tesco; brewed in Velké Březno for over 260 years (1753), now owned by Heineken
  24. Primus: the CRAFT (Náměstí Míru 1221/4, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady); brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic (est. 1842)
  25. Matuška: Prague Beer Museum (Náměstí Míru, Americká 341/43, Praha 2; or Smetanovo Nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město); brewed at Pivovar Matuška in Broumy, Czech Republic (est. 2009)
  26. Two Tales: Beer Story (Dlouhá 14, Praha 1-Staré Město); brewed at Two Tales Brewery in Prague, Czech Republic (est. 2015)
  27. Gambrinus Excelent 11° (triple-hopping): Billa, Albert, or Tesco; The Pub (Veleslavínova 3, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město); brewed at Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic (est. 1842)
  28. Master Polotmavý Speciál (bitter): Billa, Albert, or Tesco; V Kolkovně (V Kolkovně 8, 110 00 Praha 1); brewed at Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic (est. 1842)
  29. Klasik (low-alcohol): Billa, Albert, or Tesco; brewed at Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic (est. 1842)
  30. Zlatý Bažant (Golden Pheasant): Zlatý Bažant (Cimburkova 231/22, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov); the most imported Czech beer, and most exported Slovak beer, brewed in Hurbanovo, Slovak Republic (est. 1969, purchased by Heineken in 1995)
  • Bonus Bohemian Beers:
    • Price the selection of bottled beers at underground metro grocers like Tesco, Billa, and Albert (beware of non-alcoholic beers)*
    • Bottle your own beer at the Beer Museum (Husova 241/7, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město)
    • 30 microbrewed beers on tap at Prague Beer Museum (Náměstí Míru, Americká 341/43, Praha 2; or Smetanovo Nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město); try themed samplers of 5 different beers or try them all
    • 8 beers on tap + lots of cold bottles at Beer Story (Dlouhá 14, Praha 1 - Staré Město) - under Food Story
    • 240 bottled beers + 6 beers on tap at the Beer Club (Křižíkova 272/17, 186 00 Praha 8-Florenc), and Beer House (Ječná/Lípová 15, Praha 2)
    • Beer tasting everyday: 700Kc for 11 beers in 90 minutes @ 6:PM at Craft Beer Club (U Kunstatu, Retezova #3, Praha 1 - Staré Město)
    • Ride the Beer Bike (Staroměstské Nám. 934/5, 110 00 Praha 1 - Staré Město); instead of gasoline, it runs on beer power!
    • Chill in the Letna Beer Garden (Letenské Sady, 170 00 Praha 7); overlooking the Vltava River and the city of Prague
    • 100s of absinthe bars, whisky bars, cocktail bars, wine rooms, epic nightclubs, restaurants, tea rooms (with hookas), and famous cafes... including Hard Rock Cafe, James Dean, Al Capone's, and Bugsy's.
    • Celia is a gluten-free 4.5% alcohol beer from Pivovar Žatec, Bernard also has a gluten-free lager
    • *The locals drink a lot of "Nealko Pivo" alcohol-free or NON-alcoholic beer (perhaps due to their 'zero tolerance' drinking and driving laws). Most major brands also have a 0% alcohol version; some are "near-beer" with only 0.5% alcohol. The most common fake beers in Prague are Birell, Radegast, Primátor, Budweiser "Free", Zlatopramen, Stella Artois (Belgian), and flavored Staropramen or Bernard beers.

 

"Velké Pivo"
Big Beer

Please, One Big Black Beer
"Pro-seam, Yedno Velkey Cherney Pee-voh"
[Prosím, jedno velké černé pivo]

Drinking and purchasing alcohol is legal in Prague from the age of 18, and is permitted also in most public places such as streets, trains, etc. [Beware signs on a very few streets say 'no open bottles'.] There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving (0.0% BAC legal limit). Beer glasses (usually branded with logos according to each brand of beer) are all marked with the legal level that the beer must be legally filled up to the line, and Czechs expect at least an inch of foam on their beers.

 

Bohemian Beer Prices & Sizes

Beer usually comes in bottles or served on tap, in 2 sizes: 0.3L "Male[y]" for 20Kč, & 0.5L "Velke[y]" for 30Kč (usually with a lowercase "L" for liters); and if you're lucky in a tuplák 1L mug for about 80Kč! Most pubs in popular tourist areas charge double for beer and food (up to 100Kč per glass). All grocers, restaurants, and most stores sell beer in Prague (even McDonald's). You can also get a cold 40-oz. beer at any corner store for under $2.00! Prices in Prague are tripled city-wide on holidays like Christmas & New Years. Your server will usually be impressed if you leave a 10%-15% tip (because most locals only tip less than 50¢ for a whole meal). FYI keep a few 10Kč coins in your pocket in case you have to pay for a public restroom (toilet, WC water closet) while you're drinking between pubs.

 

Bohemian Beer Pours

The Czechs pour Pilsner beer differently to produce different flavors, insulating the beer under foam and making the beer taste sweeter: Hladinka (smooth with creamy "flat-head" foam is the traditional Czech bar pour), Na Dvakrát (crisp with thick foam for dinner), Mlíko (all foam, aromatic and sweet for dessert), Čochtan (no-foam "American" pour); Šnyt (50% foam for beer tasting), or the ultimate Tuplák (a 1L double-beer mug). The best bartenders will even acclimate the glass by washing it in water the same temperature as the beer. A few taste bitter, but most Bohemian beers taste delicious like caramel and chocolate!

Bohemian Beer Pours

The "Hladinka"

"When a Tapster pours a Hladinka, they first create a layer of foam and then fill the beer beneath it, which preserves freshness and flavor. The result is a perfectly balanced beer that’s neither flat nor over-carbonated. The foam is rich and creamy, and should leave rings on the glass as you drink it."

The "Šnyt" (Shnit)

“The Šnyt is not a large beer, and it’s not even a small beer, but only an approximate measurement. They give a small beer to non-drinkers. A beer drinker, when he doesn’t want to drink, but just to refresh a bit, doesn’t order a small beer, which would somehow shame him before the whole world. Instead he has a Šnyt. A Šnyt is a large beer, but not a full one, with half a glass of foam; how much foam goes into the glass depends on the goodwill of the barkeeper. The Šnyt is a popular compromise between ‘have one’, and ‘don’t have any’. It is at least something more than nothing, even if it isn’t a full glass.”

 

Bohemian Beer Brands

The best local Bohemian Beers include: Pilsner Urquell (Kozel, Radegast, Gambrinus, Primus, Klasik, Master, Excelent), Budweiser Budvar (Pardál), Bakalář (Černovar, Pražačka), Staropramen (brewery in Prague), Ferdinand, Bernard, Svijany, U Medvidku, Berounský Medvěd, U Fleků (brewery in Prague), and Klášter (monestary brewery in Prague). Heineken now owns Krušovice (Starobrno), Zlatopramen, Březňák, and Hostan Hradní. There are also many microbreweries in Prague, like Two Tales (Bohemian Black Ale), Raven (Brewhemian Cream Porter 15°), Crazy Clown, Lucky Bastard, and Bohemian Regent. Zlatý Bažant (Golden Pheasant) is the most exported Slovak beer from Hurbanovo, Slovakia.

 

Bohemian Beer Types

Nearly all beer brewed in the Czech Republic is Pilsener Lager (Plzen). Czech beers vary in color from Pale (Světlé), through Amber (Polotmavé) and Dark (Tmavé) to *Black (Černé!) and in strength from 3-9% abv. Top-fermented Wheat Beer (Pšeničné Pivo) is also available. Non-alcoholic (Nealkoholický) "Birell", Cider, and the 50/50 mix of Fanta+Beer are not even considered "beer"; bottled alcohol is "alcohol", beer is not.

Categories of beer according to Czech law (regardless of color or style) are:

  • Lehké - a "Light" beer brewed below 8° Balling and with less than 130kJ per 100ml
  • Výčepní - "Tap" beer, though it can be bottled, brewed between 8° and 10°
  • Ležák - "Lager" beer, brewed between 11° and 12.99°
  • Speciál - "Special" beer, brewed above 13°

 

Why is Czech Beer So Delicious?

Czech breweries use the best water, the best yeast, the best grains for malt, and the best hops! They use a noble "Saaz" hops that is chemically the best hops for brewing beer (mathematically 2x-3x better than American immitations). Organic double fermentation with no added accelerators gives Czech beer a matured flavor.

Artesian Wells

Water used in brewing *REAL* Budweiser beer is drawn from 300-meter deep artesian wells located in the brewery´s premises in Budvar Czech Republic. The pure crystal clear water obtained from these wells is a remnant of an Ice Age lake - it is about 10,000 years old. The Spa City of Marienbad, Czech Republic is famous for their natural mineral spring water from various artesian wells, which has even been claimed to cure cancer.

Moravian Malts

Malt is the foundation of every beer. Budweiser malt is made from thoroughly selected Moravian barley (Hordeum vulgare), which is often referred to as the "mother of all lager barley“. The malt produced using the best grains provides the beer with its golden color.

Yeast

The exceptionality of the beer results to a large extent from using unique thoroughly cultivated yeast cultures, which are carefully kept in yeast banks.

"Saaz" Noble Hops

Hops are the spice of beer. Only female cones of the top-quality Saaz hops (Humulus lupulus) of the "Žatecký poloraný červeňák“ variety are used in brewing Budweiser Budvar beer, providing the beer with its typical slightly hoppy flavor.

993 Benedict Imperial Pilsner 20 degree beerThe term "noble hops" traditionally refers to varieties of hops which are low in bitterness and high in aroma. They are the European cultivars or races Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnanger, and Spalt. Of the four noble hops, Saaz has the lowest percent of Alpha acid balanced with Beta acid (both at 3.0%, and the Alpha can be as low as 2.5% compared with the U.S. variety at 6.3%).

Their low relative bitterness but strong aroma are often distinguishing characteristics of European-style lagers, such as Pilsener, Dunkel, and Oktoberfest / Märzen. In beer, noble hops are considered aroma hops (as opposed to bittering hops); see Pilsner Urquell as a classic example of the Bohemian Pilsener style, which showcases noble hops.

As with grapes and vidalia onions, the location where hops are grown affects the hops' characteristics. Much as Dortmunder beer may within the EU be labelled "Dortmunder" only if it has been brewed in Dortmund, noble hops may officially be considered "noble" only if they were grown in the areas for which the hop varieties (races) were named.

  • Žatec (Saaz) – Noble hop used extensively in Bohemia to flavor pale Czech lagers such as Pilsner Urquell. Soft aroma and bitterness. (Alpha acid 3–4.5% / Beta acid 3–4.5%)

Saaz is a "noble" variety of hops. It was named after the Czech city of Žatec (German: Saaz). This hop is used extensively in Bohemia to flavor beer styles such as the Czech pilsener. Saaz hops accounted for more than 65% of total 2009 hop production in the Czech Republic. Saaz is the main hops variety used in the production of Belgian beer Stella Artois.

Saaz has a very distinctive flavor. When used in beer, the resultant aroma is very mild, earthy, herbal, and spicy. Despite its popularity and noble pedigree, Saaz generally has a very low Alpha Acid level and is not very effective as a bittering hop. This hop is generally used for Bohemian style lagers and pilseners.

Another variety of Saaz hops has been propagated in the United States of America. The U.S. variety has double the Alpha Acid content than the original Czech variety, plus it's missing most oils and acids that are typically present in the Czech varieties such as: Cohumulone, Colupulone, Linalool, Farnesene, and Selinenes. Lesser hops like Centennial, Amarillo, and Motueka are also used as immitations.

 

Bohemian Beer Festivals

The Czech Republic has a number of beer festivals, including: Czech Beer Festival (the biggest Czech beer festival, usually 17 days long and held every year in May in Letna Park, Prague), Pilsner Fest (every year in August in Plzeň), The Olomoucký Pivní Festival (in Olomouc) or Festival Slavnosti Piva v Českých Budějovicích (in České Budějovice).

Beerfest Tents
Beerfest VIP Tent

 

Prague Tour Companies

Beer Tours in Prague

Savor the unique tastes of 5 Czech beers (0,3 L) during visits to beer halls and a microbreweryin Old Town, Žižkov, and Vinohrady.

Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tours from Prague

This tour is a must for beer fans! Pilsen’s history is closely associated with beer. The light “lager beer” was “born” in Pilsen (Plzeň in Czech) during 1842 and became known as “pilsner.” It did not only become famous as a brand, but also as a type of beer. Since it was introduced to the beer world, pilsner has gained worldwide acclaim. During this tour you will not only visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery and taste the golden Pilsner Urquell beer, but you will also explore the Old Town section of Pilsen, which boasts the tallest cathedral in the country.

Pilsner Urquell Christmas

 

Bohemian Beers!

Bohemia is the original home of some of the best beers ever! Budweiser literally means "from Budvar" (Budweis), which is a city near Prague where the Royal Imperial Brewery of the Roman Empire was located 800 years ago! Pilsner Urquell is the original 250 year-old pilsner from Plzen, another Czech city near Prague.

Beer (Czech: Pivo!) has a long history in what is now the Czech Republic, with brewing taking place in Břevnov Monastery in 993. The city of Brno had the right to brew beer from the 12th century while Plzeň & České Budějovice (German: Pilsen & Budweis) had breweries in the 13th century.

Mug of Pilsner UrquellThe most common Czech beers are pale lagers of pilsner type, with characteristic transparent golden color, high foaminess and lighter flavor. The Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world!

Czech beer brands include Pilsner Urquell, the world's first pilsner, and Budweiser Budvar (in some countries trademarked as Budějovický Budvar or Czechvar). Other well known brands are Velkopopovický Kozel, Gambrinus, Radegast, Staropramen, Krušovice, Starobrno, Bernard, and Svijany.

The history of beer in the modern Czech Republic, historically Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia, goes back further than the creation of Pilsner Urquell in 1842. Beer was made in the Czech lands even before the Slavic migration in the 6th century, although the ingredients used often differed from what we are used to today.

Bernard BeerHops has been grown in the region for a long time, and were used in beer making and exported from here since the twelfth century. Most towns had at least one brewery, the most famous brewing cities in Bohemia were Budweis, Plzeň, and Prague. Other towns with notable breweries are Rakovník, Žatec, and Třeboň.

Pivovar Svijany
Much of the early brewing history of Bohemia is centerd on various monasteries, although today there are very few Czech monasteries brewing and selling beer to the public.

The region of South Moravia is known particularly for winemaking and there are only few breweries with a long tradition, namely Starobrno in Brno and Černá hora. However, there has been a boom of microbreweries since the 2000s. Breweries Akciový Pivovar Dalešice, Pegas and Richard have been gaining country wide popularity, despite smaller production.

12° "Degrees Balling" Beer Gravity Scale

A hydrometer is used to test the specific gravity of beer. By considering the original gravity, the brewer or vintner obtains an indication as to the probable ultimate alcoholic content of their product. The OE (Original Extract) is often referred to as the "size" of the beer and is, in Europe, often printed on the label as Stammwürze or sometimes just as a percent. In the Czech Republic, for example, they speak of "10° degree beers", "12° degree beers" which refers to the gravity in Plato of the wort before the fermentation.

The oldest scale, Balling, was developed in 1843 by Bohemian scientist Karl Joseph Napoleon Balling (1805-1868) as well as Simon Ack. In the 1850s German engineer-mathematician Adolf Ferdinand Wenceslaus Brix (1798-1870) corrected some of the calculation errors in the Balling scale and introduced the Brix scale. In the early 1900s German chemist Fritz Plato (1858-1938) and his collaborators made further improvements, introducing the Plato scale. Essentially they are the same; the tables differ in their conversion from weight percentage to specific gravity in the fifth and sixth decimal places.

 

Beer in Prague

Brew Your Own Beer in Prague

Much of the brewing history of the Czech capital is connected to the various monasteries in the city, with brewing first recorded at the Benedictine Břevnov Monastery in 993 AD. It is also recorded that in 1088 AD, King Vratislav II granted a tithe of hops to the Canons of Vyšehrad Cathedral in order to brew beer.

Today the Prague brewing scene is dominated by Staropramen, although there are several smaller breweries, the oldest being U Fleků, which was founded in 1499. Since the 1990s, various brewpubs have been established in the city.

 

Czech Beer Festival

Czech Beer Festival (Český pivní festival) is the biggest beer festival in the Czech Republic, held for 17 days every year in May in Prague. The festival features around 120 different beers, including 70 Czech brands and other foreign brews, including those from the United States or United Kingdom, with up to 10,000 seating capacity and service provide around 200 girls and boys dressed in Czech traditional costumes. Only VIPs get *served drinks from waiters.

British newspaper The Financial Times ranked the festival to be among 40 global events that you should visit in 2012. Formerly, visitors used a special currency, the Tolar, to pay for beer and food at the festival. Now they use a magnetic card, to which visitors can load any amount of cash.

The first smaller version of Czech Beer Festival outside the country was held in September 2010 in Frankfurt, the next year has spread also to Berlin and Moscow. The largest was in Moscow in the VDNKh park, with a capacity of 10,000 seats. In 2013, the Czech Beer Festival also debuted in Chicago and New York.

 

Pilsner Urquell Logo

Original "Pilsner" from Plzen, Czech Republic

Originally Pilsner was a specific term for beers brewed in Plzeň (with Pilsner Urquell being registered as a trademark by the first brewery). The term has come to mean any pale, hoppy lager as a result of imitations of the original beer, especially in Germany where the style is common. There is currently a trademark dispute between the German copy "Budweiser" (Anheuser-Busch "St. Louis, Missouri") and the original "Budweiser Budvar Brewery".

Czech Pilsner: golden, full of colors, with high foaminess and lighter flavor:
Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Kozel, Svijany, Staropramen, Radegast

European Pilsner: has a slightly sweet taste, can be produced from other than barley malt - Dutch: Amstel, Grolsch, Heineken or Belgian: Jupiler, Stella Artois

Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager which accounts for more than two-thirds of the beer produced in the world. It takes its name from Plzeň (Pilsen in German), a city in Bohemia, then in the Austrian Empire, now in the Czech Republic, where it was first produced in 1842. The world’s first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today.

The City of Pilsen began brewing in 1295, but until the mid-1840s, most Bohemian beers were top-fermented. The taste and standards of quality often varied widely, and in 1838, consumers dumped whole barrels to show their dissatisfaction. The officials of Pilsen founded a city-owned brewery in 1839, called Měšťanský pivovar Plzeň (German: Bürger-Brauerei, English: Citizens' Brewery - now Pilsner Urquell), which was to brew beer in the pioneering Bavarian style. Brewers had begun aging beer made with bottom-fermenting yeasts in caves (lager, i.e. German: gelagert), which improved the beer's clarity and shelf-life. Part of this research benefited from the knowledge already expounded on in a book (printed in German in 1794, in Czech in 1799), written by Czech brewer František Ondřej Poupě (Ger: Franz Andreas Paupie) (1753–1805) from Brno.

The Pilsen brewery recruited the Bavarian brewer Josef Groll (1813–1887) who, using new techniques and paler malts, presented his first batch of pilsner on 5 October 1842. The combination of brighter malt prepared by English technology, Pilsen's remarkably soft water, local Saaz noble hops from nearby Žatec and Bavarian-style lagering produced a clear, golden beer that was regarded as a sensation. Groll returned to Vilshofen, three years later in 1845, and there later inherited his father's brewery.

Emergence of efficient glass manufacturing in Europe, around the same time, lowered glass prices. This allowed the general population to purchase glass drinking vessels for the first time. These former luxury items showcased the visually pleasing golden clarity of the recently invented Bohemian style, further influencing the pilsner's rapid dissemination.

In 1853 the beer was available in 35 pubs in Prague, in 1856 came to Vienna and in 1862 to Paris. Improving transport and communications also meant that this new beer was soon available throughout Europe, and the Pilsner style of brewing was soon widely imitated. In 1859, “Pilsner Bier” was registered as a brand name at the Chamber of Commerce and Trade in Pilsen. In 1898, the Pilsner Urquell trade mark was created to put emphasis on being the original brewery.

 

Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell (IPA: [ˈpɪlznɐ ˈʔuːɐ̯ˌkvɛl], Czech: Plzeňský prazdroj IPA: [ˈpl̩.zɛɲskiː ˈprazdroj]), is a Czech lager brewed in Plzeň, Czech Republic by Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Pilsner Urquell is the world’s first-ever pilsner type blond lager, making it the inspiration for much of the beer produced in the world today, many of which are named pils, pilsner and pilsener. It is hopped with Saaz hops, a noble hop variety which is a key element in its flavor profile, as is the use of soft water and fire-brewing. It is available in 330 ml, 355 ml and 500 ml aluminium cans and green or brown bottles.

Almost all draught Pilsner Urquell is packaged in kegs and dispensed under carbon dioxide pressure but small quantities are available unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally conditioned in cask in the Czech Republic and in very limited amounts in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Hungary and Austria. Pilsner Urquell is exported in bottles and cans to North America and other regions.

As the name suggests, ("Urquell" in German or "Prazdroj" in Czech both mean "the ancient source") Pilsner Urquell is the original pilsner and first pale lager beer. It is characterized by its golden color and clarity and was immensely successful – nine out of ten beers produced and consumed in the world are derived from the original Pilsen beer. Before 1840, the standard beer in Bohemia was top-fermented and characterized by a dark color, turbidity, and inconsistent quality. Plzeň burghers had not found this satisfying and the Plzeň city council ordered 36 casks to be dumped. They invested in a new, state-of-the art brewery, the Bürgerbrauerei (Town brewery, Měšťanský pivovar in Czech), and commissioned Josef Groll, a Bavarian brewer, to develop a better beer. On 5 October 1842, Groll had an entirely new mash ready and on 11 November 1842, the new beer was first served at the feast of Saint Martin markets.

Bürgerbrauerei registered Pilsner Bier B B brand in 1859. In 1898, they also registered Original Pilsner Bier 1842, Plzeňský pramen, Prapramen, Měšťanské Plzeňské, Plzeňský pravý zdroj and finally Pilsner Urquell and Plzeňský Prazdroj which are in use today.

Pilsner Urquell is today brewed in two breweries; in the Pilsen brewery and in Kaluga, Russia. It was brewed between 2002 and 2011 in Tychy in Poland.

 

Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Plzeňský prazdroj a.s. (pronounced [ˈpl̩zɛɲskiː ˈprazdroj a ɛs], German: Pilsner Urquell) is a Czech brewery founded in 1842 and headquartered in Plzeň, Czech Republic. It is the first brewery to produce pilsener blond lager style beer, branded Pilsner Urquell, making it the inspiration for more than two-thirds of the beer produced in the world today, which are named pils, pilsner and pilsener. Both Plzeňský Prazdroj and Pilsner Urquell can be roughly translated into English as "the Fountainhead at Pilsen" or "the original source of Pilsner".

The brewery has been part of the SABMiller group of companies (at the time South African Breweries) since 1999. As part of the agreements made with regulators before Anheuser-Busch InBev was allowed to acquire SABMiller in October 2016, Pilsner Urquell - excluding certain geographical areas - was sold to Asahi Breweries of Japan on December 13, 2016; the deal is expected to close during the first half of 2017.

The brewery was founded in 1839 by both local Czech-speaking and German-speaking citizens in Bohemian city of Plzeň as Bürgerbrauerei (citizens' brewery, later translated to Měšťanský pivovar in Czech). The first beer was brewed here in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. In 1859, “Pilsner Bier” was registered as a brand name at the local Chamber of Commerce and Trade. In 1869, a competitor was founded as a joint stock company, later known as Gambrinus. In 1898 the German trademark Urquell and Czech trademark Prazdroj were created, to underline the claim of being the older, original source of Pilsner beer. In 1932 Měšťanský pivovar merged with Plzeňské aciové pivovary. In 1946, the brewery was nationalized under the name Plzeňské pivovary (Pilsen breweries).

After the fall of communism in late 1989, the brewery was turned into a public share company, then renamed in 1994 after the Czech name of their famous beer, Plzeňský Prazdroj. In 1999, they started to merge with Pivovar Radegast a.s. and Pivovar Velké Popovice a. s..

The brewery has been part of the SABMiller group of companies (at the time South African Breweries) since 1999. It has been the largest exporter of beer produced in the Czech Republic since 2000 when production surpassed that of Budějovický Budvar. In 2016, the company was sold to Asahi Group Holdings of Japan.

A brewery museum ("Pivovarské muzeum") has been set up near the brewery in the authentic medieval brewing house with malt house, which has been declared a cultural monument. It includes the late Gothic malt house, kiln, original drying shed and two-level laying-down cellars with ice-cellar, which are hewn from the Pilsen substrata. The exhibition covers Pilsen's most ancient history, the development of crafts, the emergence and growth of the guilds, the beginnings and development of brewing, malting, the craft of cooper, haulage and catering.

The tour includes a replica of a pub from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and a laboratory from the second half of the 19th century. The city walls have been opened with an example of the cultivation of barley and hops. The museum has become an anchor for the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

 

Beer in Pilsen

Pilsner Fest is a 2-day beer festival held each year by the brewery, with music by local bands on 4 stages in the town of Plzen!

Pilsner Urquell was the first "pilsner" type beer in the world. In 1842, a brewery in Plzeň employed Josef Groll, a German brewer who was experienced in the Bavarian lager method of making beer. Beer in Pilsen at the time was not of very good quality and they needed to compete. Groll developed a golden Pilsner beer, the first light colored beer ever brewed. It became an immediate success, and was exported all over the Austrian Empire. A special train of beer travelled from Plzeň to Vienna every morning. Exports of Czech beer reached Paris and the United States by 1874.

Today, beers made at Plzeňský Prazdroj are: Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, and Primus.

  • 1295 City of Pilsen established, beginnings of brewing.
  • 1307 First recorded mention of the existence of an actual brewery with malt house.
  • 1839 Burghers in Pilsen decide to found the Burgess' Brewery (Bürgerbrauerei, Měšťanský pivovar)
  • September 15, 1839 – autumn 1840 Construction of the Burgess' Brewery, forerunner of today's brewery.
  • October 5, 1842 First brew of Bavarian type beer, bottom-fermented beer, so-called pale lager.
  • March 1, 1859 "Pilsner Bier" brand name registered at the Chamber of Commerce and Trade in Pilsen.
  • 2nd half of 19th century Brewery expands in Europe, first exports from Pilsen to America.
  • 1869 Competitor founded as First Stock Brewery (První akciový pivovar), today known as Gambrinus.
  • 1898 New Urquell - Prazdroj trade mark created.
  • 1910 Světovar - Český Plzeňský pivovar akciové společnosti v Plzni.
  • 1913 Output over 100 million litres of beer, commercial representation in 34 countries.
  • 1925 - 1933 Merger of several Pilsen breweries.
  • 1933 Two breweries remain in Pilsen: Měšťanský pivovar and Plzeňské akciové pivovary (PAP), with the majority of PAP shares being owned by Měšťanský pivovar.

 

No Selling Budweiser Name
Budvar Pivovar

Budweiser Budvar Brewery

Budweiser Budvar Brewery (Budějovický Budvar) (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbuɟɛjovit͡skiː ˈbudvar]) is a brewery in the city of České Budějovice (German: Budweis), Czech Republic, that is best known for brewing a beer known as "Budweiser Budvar" for 800 years, brewed in accordance with the 1516 Reinheitsgebot law, using water, barley and hops.

  • Bud Super Strong (Dark Red Label and Silver Quality Label/awarded by Monde Selection in 2005): This beer is marketed as the super-premium member of the Budvar family. Contains 7.6% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Premium Dark Lager (Black Label and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011 and 2010): This beer is brewed in the same style as the red label, but is brewed from three different kinds of barley malts. Contains 4.7% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Czech Premium Lager / Czechvar (Red, white, and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011 and 2010): The classic Budějovický Budvar lager. Contains 5% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Yeast Lager: Unlike the other Budvar beers, Yeast Lager is served in kegs, not bottles. Contains 5% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Pale Beer (Silver, white, and Gold Quality Label): Marketed as a more accessible beer than the red label. Contains 4% alcohol by volume.
  • Pardál (Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2010): Budvar calls Pardál "the perfect beer for sharp and full bitter flavored beer lovers." Contains 3.8% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar non-alcoholic beer (Green Label and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011): A non-alcohol version. Contains a maximum of 0.5% alcohol by volume.

A dispute has been ongoing since 1907 with American brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev over the name "Budweiser". In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Brazil and Peru, the Budvar beer is marketed as Czechvar. In other countries, it is sold as Budweiser Budvar.

Budweiser Budvar is one of the highest selling beers in the Czech Republic in 2014, it was exported into approximately 66 countries. It is the best selling imported beer in Germany and the best selling Czech beer in Austria and Great Britain.

The history of brewing in České Budějovice, dates back to the 13th century Kingdom of Bohemia, when the city received the brewing rights. The original Budweiser Bier or Budweiser Bürgerbräu (Czech:Budějovický měšťanský pivovar), was founded here in 1785. The company began exporting to the United States in 1871. In the U.S., Anheuser-Busch started using the Budweiser brand in 1876 and registered it two years later.

A second company (now named Budvar) was established in 1895 in same town by mainly Czech brewers, which also started exporting beer under the name Budweiser (being the German way of referring to something from the city such as a beer, while "Budějovický" means the same in Czech). These exports into the US market led to the Budweiser trademark dispute. Negotiations between the three companies, the two from the original town and the American Anheuser-Busch, about using "Budweiser" reached an agreement in March 1938 that allowed Anheuser-Busch to use the brand "Budweiser" only in North America.

After the fall of communism, both local breweries tried to secure rights to traditional names.

Budweiser Budvar Logo

 

"Goldquell" Zlatopramen Beer

Zlatopramen is a beer brand that was produced by Drinks Union (now by Heineken) in the Krásné Březno Brewery. In 2011 the Krásné Brezno Brewery was closed and Zlatopramen continued to be brewed by other breweries of the Heineken Group. The Russian Efes brewery will also produce and sell Zlatopramen beer in Russia thanks to the purchased license with the Starobrno Brewery. Zlatopramen has been a pioneer in the use of large plastic "40oz" beer bottles since 2009.

The original brand of beer was Aussiger Bier, but after the nationalization of the breweries after World War II and the creation of the national company Severočeské pivovary, the Zlatopramen brand was used since 1967. The origin of this name comes from the designation of a selective malt lager Goldquell, which was a renowned product of the burgher brewery in Most, which became part of the national enterprise Severočeské pivovary like the brewery in Ústí nad Labem.

Zlatopramen 11
Zlatopramen Tank Beer

 

Royal Brewery of Krušovice

The Royal Brewery of Krušovice (cs: Královský pivovar Krušovice, shortform Krušovice) is a Czech brewery, established in 1581 by Jiří Birka in the village of Krušovice. The brewery gained a contract to provide beer to Emperor Rudolf II in 1583, allowing them to use the Imperial Crown of Austria as part of the company's logo. The company was acquired by Heineken in July 2007.

  • Krušovické černé (3,8% obj.)
  • Krušovické černé 3.5%
  • Krušovické Imperial 12° (5,0% obj.)
  • Krušovické Jubilejní ležák (4,7 % obj.) Extra bitter lager
  • Krušovický ležák 12°
  • Krušovické Mušketýr 11° (4,5% obj.)
  • Krušovické světlé 10° (3,8% obj.)
  • Krušovické Radler (2,2% obj.) Beer+Lemonade

 

"Golden Pheasant" Slovak Beer

Zlatý Bažant (Golden Pheasant) is the most exported Slovak beer brand. It was founded in 1969 and is produced at its brewery in Hurbanovo. It was purchased by the Heineken International group in 1995. It is distributed in the United States and Canada under the name Golden Pheasant.

  • 12° Svetlé Pivo (light coloured beer 5.0% ABV)
  • 10° Svetlé Pivo (light coloured beer 4.3% ABV)
  • 10° Tmavé Pivo (dark coloured beer 3.8% ABV)
  • Nealkoholické svetlé pivo 5.7° (non-alcoholic light beer 0.5% ABV)
  • Bažant Radler Citrón (beer with lemon flavour 2,0% ABV)
  • Bažant Radler Citrón Nealko (non-alcoholic beer with lemon flavour 0,5% ABV)
  • Bažant Radler Grapefruit (grapefruit-flavoured beer 2,0%)

 

"Praha 993" Korean Beer

993 AD: In Brevnov, centred in the kingdom of Bohemia, the present-day Czech Republic, bishop Adalbert meets prince Boleslav while hunting. Together, they identify a place a divine voice had revealed to them in a dream, ordering them to establish a monastery and house the monks of the Benedictine order. The Brevnov monks start brewing beer from water, hops and malt - the essentials of Czech beer.

2016: The first batch of Praha 993 beer is brewed in Korea, by brewmasters Matej Zaba and Pavel Bekeni. Malt and hops, technology, process - All Czech.

 

Staropramen Unfiltered Staropramen Premium Staropramen Selection Staropramen Dark Krusovice 10 Wheatbeer Hostan Hradni Breznak Svetly Bottle Branik Svetly
             
Krusovich Mug Gambrinus Mug Gambrinus Mug Nefiltrovany Lezak
Svijany Zamecky Maz Svijany Knezna Svijansky Baron
Breznak Tankovy Breznak Svetly Bakalar Dark
  Benedict Imperial Lager 20  
Berounsky Grizzly Maxi Berounsky Lord Maxi Berounsky Tmave Maxi

 

Prazacka Czech Light Beer
King Wenceslas Pale Lager
Giant Brewery Kegs
Hops Garden

 

Prague Beer Bikes

Our bike is brand new, original and modern, and it can carry up to 12-15 people. It is equipped with all you need on your tour throughout Prague. Comfy chairs, bar on board, draft beer, night lights, and music. During the 2-hour ride, you’ll see the important highlights of Prague, which our English speaking driver will show to you from a whole new perspective.

Prague Beer Bike

 

Knights Templar Wine Cellars

Winemaking and wine tasting tour of Templar wine cellars in Cejkovice

Go on a 9-12 hour tour to visit the 13th century wine cellars used by the Knights Templar. In addition to tasting excellent wine, you will see demonstrations of the entire winemaking process. The history of Templarske sklepy (Templar Wine Cellars) is associated with the arrival of a mysterious clan of the Templar Knights which came to the region Cejkovice in the 1230s. Along with building the Templar Knights' mansion, huge wine cellars have been built in dimensions unmatched in our region in the 13th century. A new epoch of wine growing began in the region and its vicinity. The region has been ruled by many different dynasties and orders over the past centuries such as the Noblemen of Lipa, the Vickovci Dynasty, the Jesuits, and the Habsburgs.

The oldest original written mention of Cejkovice comes from 1248 and is closely connected with mysterious Knights Templar, who had been building a Gothic fortress with spacious cellars here since 1232. After the Templars' extinction the fortress belonged to various owners, for example Masters from Lipe, Vickov, and Kunstat. The fortress underwent the biggest changes when it became a Jesuits' dormitory and the facility had been very similar to the current hotel. Unfortunately this facility was damaged in the 20th century. Luckily since 1976 it has been reconstructed and now there are accommodations being offered in cozy rooms together with other services. Another place of interest was originally a Gothic church from the 13th century, dedicated to St. Kunhuta, the last wife of Roman Emperor Henry II; the last changes to this church are linked to 18th century Jesuits.

Prague is filled with vineyards from the castle to Vinohrady. Grape vines were grown in the Czech lands during the time of the Great Moravian Empire. Legend has it that Prince Svatopluk sent Prince Borivoj (the grandfather of St. Wenceslas) and his wife Ludmila a cask of wine in honor of the birth of their son in 892. During a period of great drought, it is said that Ludmila sacrificed much of the gift to the Goddess Krosyna, hoping for rain. Her prayers were answered.

The Benedictine monks became one of the largest producers of wine in France and Germany, followed closely by the Cistercians. Other orders, such as the Carthusians, the Templars, and the Carmelites, are also notable both historically and in modern times as wine producers. The Benedictines owned vineyards in Champagne (Dom Perignon was a Benedictine monk), Burgundy, and Bordeaux in France, and in the Rheingau and Franconia in Germany. The records of the port of La Rochelle show that the Templars were exporting wine by ship.

The record-breaking largest wine bottle in the Czech Republic has the capacity of 200 liters and weighs 41 kilos (when empty), and is the work of master glassmakers Kavalierglass in Sázava. The model was the Templar's classic bottle. The whole bottle has four parts - three are made ​​by blown technology and the fourth is pressed. The individual parts needed to be welded. The entire bottle is made from clear borosilicate glass, that is chemically and thermally resistant. After each process the temperature needs to be allowed to cool, due to internal stress in the glass. The main technologist of Kavalierglass a.s. explained the technical process required during the production of this special bottle. Its owner is a wine cooperative Templar cellars Čejkovice. The record holding bottle is adapted for use and cleaning with its special tap at the bottom.

 

Czech Alcohol

Beer is not really considered 'alcohol' (unless you're driving because the allowable BAC limit is 0.0%) - it's more like their dinner milk, consumed to help digestion with meals. The most popular Czech alcohol is Becherovka (used as herbal medicine for digestion), which tastes similar to Peppermint Schnapps. Plum brandy (Slivovice) is also very popular among locals, and is often home-distilled with pears and apricots. Czechs also drink hot "Grog" (rum and water), Mead (honey alcohol), and Svarak (hot wine) during winter. Most menus will include beer, wine, alcohol, and apéritifs or digestifs (shots of alcohol normally served before {apéritif} or after {digestif} a meal to aid digestion).

Popular Czech alcohols include brandy distilled from fruit: Plum (Slivovice), Apricot (Meruňkovice), Pear (Hruškovice), Apple (Jablkovice), Grapes (Vínovice, Wine), Cherry (Třešňovice), Sour-Cherry (Višňovice), Peach (Broskvovice), Prunes (Ryngle), Quince (Kdoulovice), and Mirabelle (Mirabelka).

Medovina Fernet Stock Becherovka

 

Becherovka

Becherovka (Czech pronunciation: ˈbɛxɛˌrofka), formerly Karlsbader Becherbitter, is a herbal bitters, often drunk as a digestive aid, that is produced in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic by the Jan Becher company. The brand is owned by Pernod Ricard. The Jan Becher Museum in Karlovy Vary is devoted to Becherovka.

Becherovka is often described as having a gingery or cinnamony flavor. It is made from a secret recipe based on a wide variety of herbs and spices. Its alcohol content is 38% ABV (76 proof). Becherovka is usually served chilled, though some serve it with tonic water, making a drink called a Beton (becherovka and tonic) which means "concrete" in Czech, and lot of other languages.

The inventor of Becherbitter was Josef Vitus Becher (1769–1840). Apart from trading in spices and colonial goods in his shop, “Haus zu den drei Lerchen” (“At the Three Skylarks”), he also produced alcoholic beverages. In 1794, he rented a stillhouse and began to experiment with hard alcohol. Following the example of his forefathers, he also served in public office (as councillor, mayor and portreeve). Josef married twice (his first wife died of pneumonia) and had a total of 16 children, though only five daughters and two sons outlived him. Josef’s son, Johann "Jan" Nepomuk Becher, took over in 1838.

From 1998 to 2003, a Slovak version was also sold, manufactured by Zdeněk Hoffmann in Domažlice (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 Domažlice district court.

The producer says that only two people know the secret of the entire production process and may enter the Drogikamr room — where, once a week, they mix the herbs and spices used in the drink. Some of the herbs are imported from abroad, and some grow around Karlovy Vary.

 

Fernet Stock

Fernet Stock is a herbal bitters made in Plzeň-Božkov, Czech Republic. It is flavored with approximately 14 herbs, imported from the Mediterranean and the Alps. It is also available in a sweeter form as Fernet Stock Citrus. The original Fernet is approximately 40% alcohol (Italian version 41%), whereas the Citrus is a lower 30%.

In 1884, Lionello Stock founded during the crisis after the Panic of 1873 the Camis & Stock Company in Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The cognac which the company produced sold quite well, but following the end of the First World War, trade between the countries that had been united under the empire became more difficult. Stock bought a distillery in Božkov, where spirits shipped from Trieste could be bottled. Only in 1927 did Fernet Stock begin production, only to be hit by the Great Depression in 1929 and then seized by the Nazis as Jewish property in 1939, and ending up as national property by the end of the Second World War. Although Lionello Stock regained possession briefly in 1947, it was nationalized in 1948. Fernet Stock's popularity only increased through the 1960s and 70s, and following the Velvet Revolution, its sales increased dramatically. Fernet Stock Citrus was launched in 1997.

 

Absinthe

Absinthe alcohol is very popular in Prague, and there are many Absinthe bars. You can also buy Absinthe and Absinthe products (including beer) in local shops on any street in Prague. Macerated Absinthe is usually lit on fire when served, and distilled Absinthe is dripped with water over sugar. They put the Absinthe in a tumbler glass, and use a water tank with a faucet to drip water on a sugar cube, which is balanced over the glass on an Absinthe spoon. The psychadelic appearance of the water and oils mixing when it drips, is what is referred to as seeing "The Green Fairy".

Absinthe is an alcohol that is similar to vodka - usually clear, but naturally green. Absinthe is made from wormwood, which is a green herb similar to hops or tobacco. Authentic Absinthe is outlawed by the Czech Constitution and is completely illegal - so anything you buy legally is NOT real Absinthe. The legal Absinthe has less wormwood and more alcohol - so you will get drunk or sick from the alcohol before you drink enough Absinthe to hallucinate. Beware: a few years ago 50 people died in Prague from drinking bootlegged under-the-table Absinthe made from inferior methanol.

 

Absintherie Náměstí Franze Kafky

U Radnice 14/8, Náměstí Franze Kafky
110 00 Praha - Staré Město
GPS: 50°5'15,03"N 14°25'9,43"E

12:00 - 24:00

HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM 20% off on all poured drinks
Absintherie at Franz Kafka Square

 

Absintherie Jilská

Jilská 7, 110 00 Praha - Staré Město
GPS: 50°05'6,95"N 14°25'8,43"E

12:00 - 24:00

 

Absinthe Time

Křemencova 184/5 Prague

 

Absinthe on Sugar

 

Imported Foreign Beers (e.g. American)

Budweiser Budvar refuses to sell the name of their town (Budweis) to Budweiser
[all Budweiser in Prague is the original 800 year-old imperial beer - not the American immitation]

Heineken owns Krušovice (Starobrno), Zlatopramen, Březňák, and Hostan Hradní.

SABMiller (Miller Lite the not-so-original Pilsner) owns Pilsner Urquell
Molson Coors owns Staropramen
Anheiser-Busch bought the name of the town Busch, Germany

    Zlaty Bazant from Slovak Republic Jelen Pivo = Deer Beer from Serbia Heineken Pilsener is Dutch from Nederlands    

 

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