Czech Republic / Prague


Well, beer heaven continues. If you take a trip to the Czech Republic and especially Prague, you may have died and gone to beer heaven! How can you go wrong to visit a country where they consume the most beer per capita than any other country in the world? I have to also mention that prices are cheap for European standards. Beer cost? How about $2 per glass? Sweet!

Let’s explore the capital city of Prague; the home of the original Budweiser; and the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov.  (A british site but run by beer nerds who love the pubs in Prague.)  (Guidebooks and info we use when traveling in Europe)  (THE site for beer travel and info)


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Our first stop in Prague (well we had to get rid of our bags first!) was Bredovsky Dvur, a highly rated pub found from the Prague Pub website linked below. This pub serves Pilsner Urquell, a beer you have probably had in the states. However, you haven’t experienced a “Tankovar”, which is a pub in Prague that serves unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell. Only found in Prague, this is considered the freshest beer in the world, only served at places that sell a lot of it. Fresh Pilsner Urquell -  what an unique experience and a great way to start our trip!

To the left is a picture of what these unpasteurized tanks look like. They are actually delivered in large plastic bags!

Enjoying a beer overlooking Prague. That’s a beautiful thing!

High above Prague sits the Prague Castle. A town within itself, it is a sight to behold. Alas, we did visit it, but the Kasterni Pivovar, a brew pub on the grounds of the Strahov Monastery was an even better sight to behold! (As you can tell, I have different shirts on - we enjoyed it more than once!)

Not one to pass on an adventure, we read about the “Prvni Pivni Tramway” in one of my beer guides. This place is at the end of the tram tracks, located about 20 minutes outside of Prague. Needless to say, they hadn’t seen any tourists for a long time! With a language barrier in front of us, the bartender asked a local that was there to help. “Beer creates friends!”

We hired a van to take us to Cesky Krumlov, but on the way we stopped to tour the home of the original Budweiser, the Budvar Brewery in Ceske Budejovice. (I won’t go into the details of the mess between the U.S. Bud and this one, you can look that one up on your own.) Above, you see us at the pub that is attached to the brewery. A beer at 10:30 a.m. before the tour tasted great. The third photo shows me at the “tasting room”, which is just a cold room with taps on the holding tanks. How cool is that?

Yes, there are beer gardens in Prague and of course, you would know we’d find it. High, overlooking Prague, we stopped to enjoy a brew in the sunshine.

While we visited Cesky Krumlov for its sites and history (imagine that, a destination without beer in mind!), we did find the Eggenberg Brewery, a local family owned brewery. The picture on the left is outside the beer garden of sorts - just a few picnic tables and a window to order some fresh beer. The photo at the right is their restaurant attached to the brewery. More Eggenberg beer for us!

Another nice spot to drink a beer. Another local pub, and we, as usual, were the only tourists around. Seek out these places when you travel, as these are the only places where you will experience the local charm, save a few bucks, and make new friends.