Czech beer is phenomenal

So says Evan Rail the author of the new Good Beer Guide: Prague and the Czech Republic. ((And he has a blog about Czech beer. Both these links I owe to A Good Beer Blog.))

And, of course, he is right.

It is very encouraging to know that, after an initial phase of brewery closures after the communist regime fell, the number has been trending upwards again. Proof that the market works after all!

And future travel note:

There was one beer I found in Pribor, which is Sigmund Freud’s home town, and they call it Freudovo pivo. You can only find it in that town, it’s a 13-degree dark beer, and it’s rich and chocolaty and malty – it’s more like a desert than or a Sacher-torte than it is a beer itself.

The stuff of dreams, for sure.

On the impact of tourism on the variety and quality of beers:

It’s definitely helped and I encourage every tourist to do his or her part. Please drink as many beers as you can and try as widely as you can to drink beers from different places.

Words to travel by!

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m feeling rather thirsty.
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0 thoughts on “Czech beer is phenomenal

  1. Radegast is an outstanding beer, to be sure. But the best… hands down? If I tried hard, I could probably name a couple of dozen that are better. Even if I had to confine myself to the same style, narrowly defined, as Radegast (filtered pilsner-style pale lager) I would rate several above it.

    The best I have had of that narrowly defined style would probably be the pilsner-style lager of the town brewery in Ceske Krumlov. The product of the town brewery in Kutna Hora would be a close rival.

    One of the very best beers brewed in the country is the pilsner style at the relatively new Strahov monastery brewery, but it is unfiltered (which, in my mind, is a plus, but perhaps it makes the comparison unfair).

    Nothing can compare to the really, really, original Pilsner Urquell that is available only in the caves of the brewery (but that is certainly an unfair comparison). And any “ordinary” well kept PU is amazing (but there is a lot of not-so-well well kept PU in the country).

    And then there are the dark beers. Oh, those dark beers! Like Pardubicky Porter, the dark lager of the Strahov, and, of course, the brew of the justly famous U Fleku.

    You have to love a country where a genuinely great beer like Radegast struggles to make your top 30!

    (Thanks for the comment, Tareq. It had been a while, and obviously you hit upon one of my very favorite topics. I also saw a comment at the kashering post, but it was nothing but a period.)

  2. Yikes! Professor Shugart, you are certainly much better versed in Czech beers than I am! I guess I’m partial to Radegast because it was all I drank for the year I lived in Moravia. I always meant to visit the brewery, but it was kind of hard to get to. The locals were particularly proud because it had won best beer in Europe 5 years running at that point (mid to late 90s). I have to say though, that I tried a bottled Radegast in Chicago, and it was terrible. I guess the closer you get to the source, the fresher and better the beer tastes…?
    I never really liked Urquell too much, and the other local Moravian beer, Pivovar Ostravar, gave me a headache. I did visit Ceske Krumlov, and I certainly remember U Fleku fondly! (Sorry for the lone period on the other post…I think I accidentally left the Radegast comment and then tried to erase it…)

    Best,

    Tareq

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