Czech Republic = Beer. While our culture, music, history and architecture are a joy to discover, for better or for worse, most people know us by our beer. Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Staropramen…these will be on tap in just about any restaurant or pub you visit. But there are some smaller breweries, right in town, making some pretty darn good brew as well. Here, we introduce you to three places you can find something a little different.
This centrally located restaurant sometimes falls a bit flat on the service end; however the beer is always fresh and flavorful. Fans of beer flavorings will definitely want to check out what’s on tap – past concoctions have included beer laced with chili or coffee, as well as beer champagne. The old standbys include pale lagers, wheat and dark brews.
Located past the castle next to Strahov monastery; the beer brewing tradition at this pivovar is long and rich. The beer is called St. Norbert and comes in three varieties: Indian Pale Ale, Amber and Dark Lager. Each has its own special taste – a favorite is the refreshingly light Amber; but all three St. Norbert’s are something to thank heaven for.
Back in the center; Novomestsky Pivovar is serving up unfiltered, no preservatives added lager that will tingle your taste buds and have you calling for seconds. They also have a dark on tap, and the brew masters play with some flavors from time to time.