Monday, January 30, 2017

7 Prague Microbreweries You Must Visit


The Czech Republic is a land of beer, everybody knows that. But the Czech beer is not all about Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser or Staropramen. There is more than 380 breweries in the country and this number increases every year, mostly thanks to microbreweries. These small breweries are very popular lately amongst Czechs, especially those who are tired of drinking same brands over and over and want to try something different. Good news for Prague visitors - you can even find microbreweries with their own restaurants in a center of Prague! Let's take a look at them.

1. Pivovar Národní


Just 2 minutes walk from our Residence Karolina, next to the National Theatre, you will find a new brewery Pivovar Národní opened in 2015. It brews its own beer Czech Lion - you can choose from 3 different beers - 11° pilsner pale lager, 11° unfiltered lager or special 13° semi-dark lager. With the beer you can order Czech specials and grilled meals like duck breast with cherry sauce, grilled pork neck steak marinated in beer or beef flank steak. Even though the interior is spacious and it has two floors it can get quite busy (mostly on Fridays and Saturdays) - table booking is recommended.


2. Pivovar U Medvídků


Famous brewery U Medvídků has been brewing its beer since the 15th century. They say they are the smallest brewery in Prague with the strongest beer in the world. Their beer selection is truly impressive - you can taste unfiltered lagers, 12° wheat beer, special dark beer with extra roast barley, 15° special light beer, 13° semi-dark lager Oldgott or the strongest beer in the world X-BEER 33 fermented in oak barrels for a period of 200 day. You should also try other specials - a beer ice-cream made from their Oldgott lager, a unique beer brandy Pivovice X40 or a beer chocolate. Of course you can also taste traditional Czech dishes or buy a bottled beer as a souvenir. What more, it is also very close to the Residence Karolina, just 4 minutes walk.


3. Pivovar U Fleků


U Fleků is probably the most famous Prague microbrewery and a very popular restaurant. Its history dates back to 1499 and it is the only brewery in central Europe which has been brewing beer for more than 500 years with no break. You can get their typical 13° lager "Flekovský ležák" and choose from a large selection of Czech meals - goulash with dumplings, beef in cream, roast pork with cabbage and many others. Very popular is also their Show U Fleků with old Czech folklore music, humorous skits and even a beer competition. Also not far from the Residence Karolina, only 6 minutes walk.

Website: www.ufleku.cz

4. Pivovar U Dobřenských


The brewery was founded in 2015 but it follows a tradition dating back to the 15th century. They brew their beer in four fermentation tanks on only 150 square feet. You must try a unique 14° ale Tribulus made of a plant tribulus terrestris also know as goat's head or devil's weed. Another special beer is a dark beer Salvia Stout 14° with sage (salvia officinalis). They also brews special beers for every season - in 2015/16 it was Mentha Summer Ale with mint for summer, Melissa Ale with balm for autumn and winter Hippophae Ale. We can recommend also Lemongrass Ale 11°. You will find it half way from the Residence Karolina to the Charles Bridge.


5. Novoměstský pivovar


Another brewery that is worth a visit is Novoměstský pivovar. You can enjoy traditional Czech dishes (garlic soup, goulash, pork knee and others) and of course a great beer - light or dark lager "Novoměstský ležák". Do not hesitate to try "pivní žirafa" (can be translated as "beer giraffe") - you will get a tall tube of beer and you can serve yourself. If you want to try  flavoured beers just order a beer tasting (4 different flavours - banana, ginger, coffee and caramel). They also make a beer spirit and a beer sparkling wine. For beer lovers there are also brewery tours where you will see how the beer is made.

Website: www.npivovar.cz

6. Pivovar U tří růží


This brewery is located in Husova street in a center of Prague, not far from the Charles Bridge or our luxury Krizovnicka Apartments. The beer has been brewing for more than 600 years in this very house. They brew various kinds of beer, both bottom and top-fermented - special dark beer Dark Rose, bavarian type Old Bavarian, special amber beer Smoked Amber, American style Weissbeer and others. Taste also delicious meals - roasted pork knee, spicy beef goulash, confit duck leg or roasted beef with creame sauce.

Website: www.u3r.cz

7. Pivovar Marina Holešovice


Marina Brewery is not located in a very center of Prague but you shouldn't miss it anyway. You'll find it in Holešovice, Prague 7, in a beautiful building just next to the Vltava river. In a stylish interior you can order one of 4 kinds of beer - 10° light lager, 11° wheat lager, 12° lager and a dark lager. Local meals are made in an open kitchen and you can get goulash, roasted duck, grilled pork neck and many others.  To get here just take tram 6 or 14 and get off at Maniny stop. In summer you can even enjoy an outside seating with wooden tables.

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