In Bohemian brewing, the shining star moments that distinguish the Czech Republic as a global trendsetter in beer were born during a time not so long ago. The 19th century introduced new brewing techniques, refined tools, and the light lager. These combined to give us the products that built the Czech pride of beer that exists today. And for brewers and consumers alike, entering the 20th century seemed to be as promising as for a reader flipping the page to an exciting new chapter. Except, the story waiting on the other side doesn’t consist of a Fairytale, but rather a grim twist belonging to Game of Thrones that would plummet the heartline of brewing over the next 100 years on
Hailing from the small town of Velke Popovice, the shelves of your local potraviny are undeniably playing host to one of the three alcoholic brews of the Kozel beer brand. As if in an old aristocratic family rivalry, walking through the centre of Prague you’ll see restaurants and bars alike with the emblems of their beer of choice outside – and most fall under either the bold golden/green design of Pilsner Urquell or brownish background behind the upper half of a male goat for Kozel. While today both beers fall under the same, monopolistic brewery company (now Plzen Pradroj paired with AB InBev) they’ve shared a rivalry that dates back to when Kozel first came on the bohemian scene in
With an environment ideal for growing hops, it is no surprise that Czech people have been brewing and drinking beer for an incredibly long time. The 1088 C.E. foundation charter for Saint Peter and Paul Basilica is the oldest surviving document that mentions brewing in what is now the modern-day Czech Republic. This means that for almost ten centuries, Czechs have had a lot of time to perfect beer. Here are some of the best beers, in no particular order, to try in the Czech Republic today: Pilsner Urquell Nefiltrovaný Pilsner is a legendary beer that was first officially brewed in 1842 in the Burghers’ Brewery, Pilsen, by Josef Groll. Since then, Pilsner Urquell has become an international success.