2013 was again a good year for the Czech beer scene. As not only has the variety expanded, we’re continuing to taste higher quality, more well-made beers. How lucky we are to be in a place with increasingly higher standards of not just beer, but the gastronomy surrounding beer.
Here are are few of this year’s highlights:
- Finally some decent Staropramen! Served frigidly cold, alongside some great Czech cuisine, Vinohradský Parlament has got it right.
- Zlý Časy now serves some quite alright food to match their impressive selection.
- Some noteworthy newcomers to the Czech brewery scene: Pivovar Zhuřak (brewed by an American, Chis Baerwaldt) and Pivovar Falkon (a gypsy brewery, brewed by Jakub Veselý) consistently have brewed inventive and simply delicious beers. Luckily, the best multi-tap pubs in Prague have kept up with our curiosity and have had them almost regularly on tap.
- Our favorite new brewery- Pivovar Hostivar, for serving good cuisine, brewing perhaps the best 11° degree lager we’ve had in a while, all in a new, modern atmosphere.
On the downside, we have made a list of the worst pub experiences to be had in 2013:
- Having the fact that tip is not included be pointed out by a rather abrasive and irritating waiter at U Tří Růží.
- Waiting 40 minutes for an overpriced, stale beer at Prague Beer Museum.
- Those party killer dark lagers, like Zámek Zábřeh’s, that just make you want to go to sleep.
- Anything to do with the Czech Beer Festival.
- Porky burgers and clueless service at Peter’s Burger Pub.
- A Žižkov tragedy, the closing of Merenda.
Our Favorite Beers of 2013:
- Always Úněticky...you just can’t beat this lager. Perfect for all occasions, all the time. 10° for lunch, and 12° for dinner.
- Falkon’s Stalker IPA
- Pivovar Třebíč’s Cornel Single Malt Ale
- Hostivar’s 11° lager
- Anything David Staněk cooks up at Třebonice.