Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Czech beer in Prague

Today, we have prepared a small Prague beer guide. The Czech Republic is very famous because of Prague and its spots; classical musicians, such as Dvorak or Smetana and because of beer. But first a little bit of history.

The Czechs have been drinking beer since time immemorial. The secret of Czech beer is that agricultural conditions are ideal for growing hops, and chronicles establish their cultivation in Bohemia as early as 859 A.D., while the first evidence of their export dates back to 903. Bohemian hops were so prized that King Wenceslas ordered the death penalty for anyone caught exporting the cuttings, from which new plants could be grown.The first mention of brewing in the Czech territories is in the foundation charter for the Vysehrad church, dating from 1088. In this document, the first Czech king, Vratislav II, decreed that his estates should pay a hop tithe to the church. The U Fleku microbrewery in Prague has been in operation since 1499 and is still going strong. (archiv.radio.cz)

According server praha.eu we have picked two most famous beer pubs in Prague. The first one was already mentioned, U Fleku.


Web: http://www.ufleku.cz
Adress: Křemencova 11, Praha 1, 110 00

It is not really necessary to introduce the “U Fleků” brewery and restaurant. Perhaps everybody who has walked down the Křemencová street has kept in mind a richly decorated clock on the brewery’s facade that asks everybody to visit any of the several rooms of the restaurant. And everybody who has come in has kept in mind, or better on the tongue, a delicious and unique taste of “U Fleků” 13° lager. Up to now the lager has been brewed according to old recipes, but in a newly furnished setting with the same care as in the time of our great grandfathers. The “U Fleků” brewery celebrated its 500th anniversary since it was founded in 1499.

The restaurant takes pride in its own brewery, especially the historic brewing house from the beginning of the century, the stacked cooling vats and the fermentors in the fermentation cellar made, according to old specifications, of oak wood. The brewery received its present look during the 1986 reconstruction that resulted in a modern, but unique historic brewery.

The new pricing structure (i.e. much more expensive) has driven away all the Czechs and with them most of the atmosphere. It always had plenty of Germans patronising it in the Summer, but an acceptable number of Czechs balanced them o
ut. Yes, a beautiful, rambling pub, very simply furnished in plain wood, but with only transient tourists frequenting it, muchof its unique character has been lost. As if to finally prove that 's it's no longer for Czechs, the beer is sneakily served in 0.4 l glasses (a fact that they don't advertise too much). Oh, and the waiters will try and push unrequested, expensive spirits on you.

U Kalicha

Web: http://www.ukalicha.cz
Adress: Na Bojišti 12-14, Praha 2, 120 00

This gastronomic oasis and the meeting place of fine tasters from all over the whole world didn't always look so romantic as it does today. The restaurant conceals legends but also historic truths. In the period of the influence of "Švejk" (read: Shvayk) - accordingly before the First World War - the gastronomic as well as social level, upon which we had become accustomed in "The Goblet", was quite different

Whoever wants to get to know the originality of the Bohemian kitchen and to taste the well-tempered beer has to find their way here. The whole thing is here, on the grounds of "The Goblet", where "The Good Soldier Švejk" (Strašlipka) found their beginning.

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