Czech Republic (Bohemia) loves it beer!
Trying Beer in Czech Republic is a must! The people in the Czech Republic consume more beer per head than anyone else in the world. The country has topped the per capita beer drinking table for 23 consecutive years! In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the Czechs drank 142.4 litres per person (~250 pints) – one every 35 hours! Read more here.
It was our duty therefore, to contribute to national statistics and the delicious beers absolutely helped! We found that in Germany, there were fewer varieties of beer (weiss, dunkel, helles), all were light (around 5% ABV) and it was mostly about the quantity of beer (in liters!) consumed. Read more about the fun we had here! Almost all beer in the Czech Republic tasted like craft beer, with varied tastes, strengths, and we couldn’t get enough!
While all the beer we tasted was very good, according to us, the top 5 beers/breweries to try in the Czech Republic are:
Pilsner Urquell in Plzeň
You cannot try Beer in Czech Republic without a visit to Plzen! Their traditional Pilsner, a blond lager, is very good, as are their darker, stronger beers- we tried Master (18°) which was yum!
Konrad and Hermann microbreweries
Our trip was perfectly timed to coincide with the Czech beer festival in Prague, a very lucky coincidence! As a result, we got to try a number of smaller microbreweries that might not have been possible otherwise. Konrad and Hermann were two that we only found at the festival and would definitely recommend both.
Kozel is more mainstream than the ones mentioned above. We found at least 4-5 different varieties of beer made by them and the few we tasted were delicious!
Also more mainstream, we got to try one of their craft brews, Lady vanilla, at the festival. It tasted like a very good cream ale, with a hint of lime, and now we really regret not having brought home any bottles! One of the best Beer in Czech Republic that we tried
Eggenberg brewery in Český Krumlov
Another famous brewery which truly deserves its good reputation! The restaurant has a nice ‘beer hall’ feel, their beers are really delicious and the food is tasty too! What more could one ask for?!