Working in an office full of people from all over the world has its advantages: you get to know a lot about other cultures and countries. One of the things we discuss the most is: what is “your” country most famous for? Well I don’t have to think twice about Czech Republic – it’s beer obviously.
Czech Republic is well-known for its beer production as well as its consumption. Czechs even consider the beer industry part of the national heritage. The history of brewing beer dates back to the 12th century. Nowadays there are over 100 breweries operating in the country.
For obvious reasons Czech beer has become very popular abroad. Most come in the 10° and 12° versions. But don’t be fooled, these numbers don’t refer to the alcohol content. They actually symbolize the brewery method and the hops share. The light-hearted video below shows what beer actually means for Czechs 🙂
Here are some of the most famous Czech beers.
1. Pilsner Urquell – the ultimate beer that needs no introduction!
The origins of this world famous beer go back to 1842. The brewery in Plzeň, city in the western part of Bohemia, employed a German brewer. He was responsible for developing the first light coloured beer ever. It was an immediate success and the rest is, as you know, history.
2. Budweiser Budvar – the original Budvar, be careful not to mistake it with the American “Bud”!
The city of České Budějovice has a long tradition of brewing beer which dates back to the 13th century. Today the Budweiser Budvar is a modern company which wins awards at home as well as abroad.
3. Staropramen – the second largest beer producer in the country.
Staropramen is located at the heart of Europe – Prague. The official website of Staropramen claims: “In every glass of Staropramen lies the free spirit of Prague.” Whether there is any truth in the statement or not you will have to judge for yourselves.
4. Starobrno – the beer with Moravian heart.
Although South Moravia is mostly known for its great wines, there are a number of notable breweries. Starobrno is located in the second largest city of the Czech Republic and apart from the common beers it also produces special kinds – for example “the Green beer” which you can get only in Easter time on Maundy Thursday.
I could go on with my list almost forever. But if you really want to get to know Czech beer, book your flight, train or bus and start exploring. Cheers! Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favourite.