Pilsner Urquell – what we drink in Czech!

16 Aug

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In Czech they drink and love their beer. Most of the restaurants and hotels have a contract with Pilsner Urquell and this is what’s served – draft, obviously. Your selection, regular or dark.

I’m not that much of a beer drinker (sorry!) but, must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this one. It’s served in big Pilsner glasses, cold, and it goes down smooth. You can have a regular size one or large (like a 2 in 1). Another plus, this beer doesn’t seem to hit you (get you drunk) as quickly as other beers. This one is made to enjoy it.

So, after all the beer I’ve seen, and drank, my (new) brother-in-law took us to the Pilsner Factory. Here you get to see how beer was made when they started, in barrels and cold caves, and how things have evolved to modern times. You get to see how they wash the bottles, fill them and close them, ready for retail. Same thing with cans.
Interesting fact, here, in Czech, they charge you 3 crowns when you buy beer, for the bottle, when you bring this back, for recycling, you get your 3 crowns back. Smart!

Oh, and yes, on the tour, you get to ‘sample’ the beer (you can choose between small or large cup – you’d be surprised to know some do chose the small one), right in the caves where it used to be made.

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Tour is about 1.5 hours, and it’s available in Czech and English. Check for other languages.

Cool tour, if you’re a beer lover, plus there’s a souvenir store right outside where you can get good, affordable gifts to those who share your love of beer.

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