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Pub Review

Craft Beer Spot The New Kid on the Malá Strana Block

   

As Petřín Hill cascades down into the banks of the Vltava and the Mala Strana streets become grid-like for a few short blocks, Craft Beer Spot is a mixing ground for tourists and locals alike.

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10 taps grace a massive bar, arching elegantly in front of painted white brick. The interior, light and airy, echos the early 20th century, with its decorated ceiling and art deco light fixtures. A large mirror graces one wall, offering smiling cameos of happy drinkers and staff, engaging in the timeless tradition of the pub. Not wasting effort with understatement, the decor is simple and tasteful, and manages to convey a sense of warmth.

Staff bustle about, chatting with their ‘štamgast’ (or regulars), while expertly pouring beers from the Czech Republic’s finest microbreweries. With one of the better curated beer selections in the world of Prague multi-tap pubs, Prague Beer Spot features a wide variety of styles, focusing not only on the best Czech craft microbreweries, but also notable beers from abroad.

A classic pale Czech lager is always on tap, with the chosen microbrewery being Hostomice Pod Brdy. Showcasing a rich, malty body, it’s elegantly balanced by a healthy dose of herbal Czech Saaz hops. Černý Potoka, the country’s best brewer of New England style IPAs also has the pleasure of one dedicated tap, as well as Bavaria’s Schneider Weisse; otherwise, you’ll find a rotating selection often featuring Zihovec, Sibeeria, and Chroust.

As for their bottled beer selection, four fridges stock craft brews from small European breweries in a variety of styles, such as 3 Fonteinen, De Blaugies, Boon, Alvinne, and a few select Czech microbreweries, such as Wild Creatures, the Czech Republic’s premier wild brewery.

With a predilection for quality libations, this is one of the few places in Prague where guests have a choice of a Czech microbrew, glass of natural wine, or quality cider. Their natural and biodynamic wines come from reputable Czech and Slovak producers, and they stock over 17 different artisanal cider makers, most of which are spontaneously fermented.

To accompany Craft Beer Spot’s fine beverage list, they currently serve a smallish menu of Czech pub treats and a few main dishes, with plans to expand their menu. Whenever possible, the ingredients come from as close to their front door as possible; their bread is from the famed Arctic bakery, and the sausages come from the shop across the street, ART&FOOD Had.

Despite all the enticing drinks, our favorite thing about Craft Beer Spot is their staff. Hard-core beverage geeks with an infinite enthusiasm for the culture behind beverages, they’re always ready to share their knowledge and recommendations. We just wish that the name, which sadly lacks heart, reflected their enthusiasm and differentiated this space from other places with the repetitive lingo and vernacular of Prague drinking establishments.

Take trams 9, 12, 22, to tram stop Újezd and Craft Beer Spot is a very short walk away.

Beers on Tap

Beer name Strength Brewery Style
Multi-tap bar/Rotating taps N/A N/A
These are some of the different beers that Craft Beer Spot had on tap on our visit.

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