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
We invented it, we’re acclaimed for it, and we even drink the most of it. The Pilsner Lager is one of the most renowned beers in the world. So why don’t you even know what a lager is? Don’t worry – I’ve got your back. Let me tell you exactly what the difference is between the world’s two most popular beers – Lagers & Ales – so you won’t be left in the dark the next time your snobby craft-beer friend comes around drinking a cream banana-stout. To answer this question, we need to take a very small step back in time about 6,000 years. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Sumerians, were the first ones to
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.