Czech Beer in Prague
By Viator, February 2014
Classic Czech brands include Staropramen, Budvar and the dark beer Kelt, but most famous of all is Pilsner Urquell, which has been brewed in Pilsen since 1295. To learn more about brewing Pilsner, take a day trip to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery and taste a couple of glasses of beer (‘pivo’ in Czech) in the restaurant afterwards.
There’s always a beer menu outside Czech bars, which details the provenance and strength of its beer as well as the price. Most beer cellars open around 11.30am and close by 11pm, although in the center of Prague that may be as late as 2am.
As you can hardly move in the city center for bars and pubs, play it safe and call in the experts; take a hugely popular guided bar crawl through Prague’s traditional beer cellars. Led by pivo ‘masters’ who introduce you to a fine selection of Czech beers, you’ll get to visit several beer cellars and taste seven different ales. Surprisingly, the beer is usually of decent quality and reasonable price even in the most tourist-riddled of bars.
As well as dozens of historic beer cellars, microbreweries and gastro pubs have recently become big business in Prague. If you have a healthy interest in Czech cuisine, combine your beer-tasting experience with a visit to a couple of handpicked pubs to sample prize-winning boutique beers along with local dishes. As you drink, the supply of Czech goulash, schnitzel and dumplings comes thick and fast.