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There isn’t a person on earth who doesn’t know that Prague has the most delicious beer on the planet.
Of course, one could argue with this statement, but the fact that the Czech Republic is a beer country is a fact. Historians say that for the first time beer was mentioned in the Bible of Babylon, the Sumerians and the ancient Egyptians a few thousand years before Christ.
In Bohemia, brewing started in 1087, as recorded in chronicles. The heavenly patron saint of brewers is St. Wenceslas. And, in addition to trying it, you want to learn something new about this wonderful drink of Czech production.
You can combine business with pleasure in the unique Prague beer museum, located in an unsightly building near the main sights of Prague.
Brewing began in Bohemia in 1087, as recorded in chronicles. The heavenly patron saint of brewers is St. Wenceslas.
This museum is not in the usual sense of the word. In fact, it is a beer bar with a huge unique selection of light, dark, filtered and unfiltered beers (30 varieties). The owner of this “museum” is Se Padilla, an American originally from California who moved to the Czech Republic over a dozen years ago.
Only after coming to Prague, he began to understand beer, because before that he was a bar businessman and knew a lot about California wines. Now he is a real beer enthusiast and a fan of small breweries.
Here visitors will be introduced to the history of brewing in Prague and have a chance to enjoy tasting the famous Czech beers: classic Pilsner Urquell, Svijany, Bernard, Rychtar, Klaster, Matuska, Kocour, Zatecky pivovar, Cerna Hora, Unetice, Ferdinand, Opat, Primator, Gambrinus, even a special lager from Starokladensky Mini-brewery (this beer is very difficult to find). You can also try beer cocktails with grenadine, gin, lime syrup and others.
In the surprisingly friendly atmosphere of the Prague beer museum, in addition to the traditional beers, you can taste the original compositions (cherry, chocolate, blueberry). The beer is poured for tasting in small glasses of 150 grams, of which several glasses should be taken at once. There is no snack as such – it can be brought from the neighboring restaurant, as Prague beer museum does not have its own kitchen.
The restaurant is very cozy and comfortable, although the interior is rather ascetic, in warm colors with dim lighting from stylish retro lamps; there are dark wood tables and high chairs in two restaurant halls. It’s always crowded, especially on weekends, so you should secure your trip to the bar by reserving seats in advance.
The prices, of course, are high, but to taste so many beers in one place and in the center of the city – it is probably worth it.
If you want to try Czech beer, good and different, and not running around the city looking for it – you can go straight to Prague beer museum.
How to get to the Prague Beer Museum
The Brewery Museum at Smetanovo Nabrezi 22 can be reached by metro (Staroměstská Station) or by streetcar 2, 4, 17, 18, 93 to the Karlovy lázně stop.
Museum opening hours
This is one of the few places in Prague that is open daily from 12:00 to 3:00 a.m.
There is no bad Czech beer, it varies, and each lover can find the one that is more to his/her taste. You can see for yourself if you visit the Prague Beer Museum.