The Czech Republic is the No.1 beer drinking country in the world. With the Czech Beer Festival in Prague coming up, I thought I’d give you the lowdown on beer experiences in the Czech capital.
Czech Beer Festival in Prague
The 5th Český pivní Czech Beer Festival in Prague takes place over 17 days from May 17th-June 2nd 2012. The beer tent has a capacity of 10,000 people, and with over 70 types of beer to taste, it is sure to be a good party. This beer festival is so awesome it even has its own currency- the Tolar. 1 Tolar is the equivalent of 1.8 Euro or 2.3 US Dollars and Tolars are sold in packs of five. 1 litre of beer= 2 Tolars. With daily live music and weekend afterparties, plus food from top Czech chefs, it’s a great place to eat, drink and be merry. The Czech Beer Festival is held at Exhibition Centre Prague-Holešovice and the city will be busy during this period so it is wise to book your accommodation in advance and have a look at Prague self catering apartments.
Brewery Tour in Prague
Taking a brewery tour of Prague is a great way to sample lots of different types of beer and learn about the history of beer in the Czech Republic from an expert guide. Prague has pubs with their own breweries attached, which produce a variety of beers from light pilsners to dark ales. A brewery tour will take you to the best pub breweries in the city, including the famous U Fleku Beer Hall and Brewery, which is located in a historic building dating back to 1499.
Pivni Galerie Prague
If you want to buy beer to take home as a gift, you can visit the Pivni Gallery, which offers a choice of more than 180 brands of beer from the portfolios of 34 breweries. You can take home a specially designed palette or wooden gift boxed filled with your own selection of Czech beer, and you can also purchase glasses, steins, and other beer-related paraphernalia.
Prague Beer Museum
The Prague Beer Museum isn’t really a museum as such. It’s a pub that has over 30 types of Czech beer on draft all in one place, including traditional pilsner, fruit beer, chocolate beer, caramel beer… If you can’t decide, try the beer sampler of 5 or 10 different beers. There are even beer cocktails with funny names such as the ‘Skip and Go Naked’, ‘Beer Hops Bender’ and ‘Pink Panty Dropper’!
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