The Czech Republic's brewing pilsner style is imitated the world over, from Budweiser to Stella Artois, but imitators have failed to capture the true essence of this distinct brew. It can only truly be appreciated in the Czech Republic. When avid beer drinkers think of Czech beer, the first thing that comes to mind is the Pilsner Urquell lager and pilsner style. However in the last few years breweries have begun to branch out into other various style. Breweries still continue to offer their typical Czech-style, light, half-dark, and dark lagers, but now you can choose from wheat beers, IPAs, and amber lagers. If you want to drink and enjoy delicious beer in some of the oldest and most authentic pubs, you will find no better place than Prague. Here are some of the best of the best breweries you can discover in Prague.
Possibly the oldest brewery in Prague, started in 1466. If has a great location in Old Town, and a restaurant with delicious Czech cuisine in the front, with an older section mainly for large groups and overflow located behind it. You can see the old gothic ceilings there with the original taps.
Guests in the know will head to the brewery located in the back, behind the restaurant. Here they serve their beers which are brewed on location. They have two beers on tap year round, and a light and half dark, which tend to vary, but are always good. They also will have seasonal beers and of course X33 "The Strongest beer in the world." Always a good choice for a traditional Czech drinking experience. My personal favorite is the dark half "amber."
A newer pub with a long history. A great choice for someone looking for a good variety of beer in old town, they usually have about half a dozen beers to choose from. One of the few places in Old Town where you can find a local IPA on tap.
They have a larger seating area of three floors that overlooks the cobbled streets. They also have an excellent selection of Czech cuisine. The service here is also very good and friendlier than you'll find in most Czech pubs.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to get away from the malls you should check out the brewery in Pivovar Hostivar in Prague 15. The beer here is varied and they always have a couple of stronger lagers on tap; they have 11, 12, 13, and 15 degree lagers and seasonal brews. It is more modern, but the good beer, great food, and garden make it worth the trip.
Also one of the oldest breweries in Prague, over the past few years it has seen an upsurge in tourists however the quality of beer has been maintained. The brewery is on-site and you can often smell the wort boiling. The only beer they serve here is their dark lager, which does not disappoint. The traditional style of the pub is maintained by the accordian player and the traditional Czech style of serving, i.e., walking around with trays and setting down a beer whenever the waiter sees an empty glass. Also this is a great place to enjoy a shot of the traditional Czech liquor, Becherovka or honeywine "mead."
Located behind the castle and possibly one of my favorite breweries in Prague. Always has a good selection with an IPA, light lager, half dark, dark, amber, and dark wheat beer on tap year round, with seasonal brews to boot, brewed under the name St. Norbert. Originally founded as a brewery in the 12th century, it went unused for almost a hundred years until it reopened in 2000. If you are looking for great beer in Prague, this is really a must!