Beer is big business in Prague. Of course if you knew about its stag party reputation you’d know this already, and if you just thought Prague was a romantic capital city with a very famous bridge it might surprise you. However, although beer (and specifically Urquell, Prague’s cheap as chips pilsner) is big business, lurking underneath that is a pretty awesome craft beer and micro-brewery culture waiting to be explored.

We set about visiting three of the finest on a brewery tour of Prague organised by with Discover Prague and learnt a huge amount about the micro-brewery scene with our Brew Master Gary. We drank a lot too, but it was all in the name of fact finding, right?

Brewery tour of Prague

First thing is first. Prague is the capital city of beer and with 100 micro-breweries across the Czech Republic it’s not hard to see why. Most of their production is not available to buy in supermarkets and is not exported outside of the country so you have to go direct to the source. Shame that!

Gary took us on a tasting journey through Prague’s brewing history whilst we tucked ourselves in three awesome micro-brewery, tasting beer that it is unlikely we’ll ever taste again. I’m generally not a beer fan and this trip was more for Mr Sparrow, but its fair to say that I found my beer legs pretty quickly – Czech beer is pretty much awesome, and I certainly held my own on this trip.

You can visit any of the breweries mentioned below solo, so lets get down to the beer tasting!

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Pivovarský Dům

After a short metro ride, we found ourselves at this brewery/restaurant for a lesson in beer, some food to line our stomachs and to taste some of the more unusual flavours on offer in Prague. As our group sat down, Gary took us through the brewing process, the use of hops and presented us with a carousel of 8 mini beers to try.

Brewery tour of Prague

As you’ll see in the picture, there is a really unique selection here – including coffee, banana and a beer brewed with nettles instead of hops. I’ll be honest and say that wasn’t my favourite, but I enjoyed tasting the range and understand how they’d all been brewed, alongside my plate of Czech sausage and bread. I really liked that sausage.

U Fleků

Onwards then, to the next destination, which is a very famous bohemian beer hall and restaurant serving just one type of beer – Flekovský Tmavý Ležák 13° (or The Flek Thirteen to you and I). Brewed on the premises, and unavailable anywhere else this dark beer on the face of it was going to push me out of my comfort zone. I’m not a Guinness fan, nor a fan of dark beers in general and this looked like my worst nightmare.

Brewery tour of Prague

I could not of been more wrong, and 400mls of The Flek Thirteen went down very well indeed. Very very well infact, so well that I also polished off Mr Sparrow’s who had not enjoyed it as much. I’d honestly drink this stuff all day, and haven’t managed to find anything remotely similar in the UK, so my beer drinking days have definitely been left behind in Prague.

Aside from the lovely beer, the pub was founded in 1499 and is therefore over 500 years old. It’s a wonderful beer hall to sit in, with dark wood panels, long tables and lots of noise so I’d recommend an independent visit.

U Medvídků

Onwards to our final destination a tiny micro-brewery hidden away down a side street and up some stairs. This was the oldest brewery we visited in Prague (founded in 1466) and here we tried Oldgott, a half dark larger which is not fermented or pasteurised. I don’t want to suggest there is a theme here, but I really enjoyed this beer too, so perhaps I’m more of a beer drinker that I thought.

Brewery tour of Prague

Once a month, they brew the X BEER 33 – the strongest lager in the world. We sadly missed this, but if you are lucky enough to visit when its available, I dare you to give it a go!

After our visit to some of the most interesting micro-breweries of Prague and after tasting a fair bit of beer, we wandered back to our hotel for a well deserved nap. There is nothing like a beer snooze after a well deserved history lesson!

Cost: Bookable via Prague Tours, this brewery tour of Prague lasts around 3 hours and costs 48 euros per adult. For that you visit 3 breweries, taste 11 beers and get a selection of food!

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Prague | Czech Beer | Europe Travel | Micro-Brewery

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  • Brooke

    We may have started the Craft Brewery trend in the U.S but it’s only now getting to it’s peak in European cities- it’s cool to tour through this scene over there where it really is still not something EVERYONE knows about and you have to go to the source to get most of them. Difficult yes. But cool 🙂 Looks like fun!

  • Gabriela Here&There

    Yes, Prague definitely is the capital city of beer! I’m not even that into beer but I still drank it in Prague.

  • As from Belgium, I am ofcourse convinced the best beer comes from my country 🙂 So I would suggest you to visit Belgium and make a beer tour here. It will take forever as we have so many different beers. But I loved your post too.

  • I had no idea beer was such a big thing in Prague! I’m not a drinker so micro-brewery tours aren’t my thing, but this post comes excellently timed for me as just yesterday my aunt and uncle (BIG beer drinkers!) were asking if I knew of anywhere accessible by cheap flights in Europe for beer drinkers like them to spend a long weekend. Other than the obvious Germany and Belgium, of course. I’ll have to recommend Prague to them and refer them here!

  • Lena Dre

    omg I wish i had known this when being in Prague the last time we’ve been there! I had as much beer as never before in my life (i mean… who wouldn’t??? it is almost for free and the glasses are HUGE) but I would have loved to try some different kinds and not only the normal blonde one

  • This micro-brewery tour sounds like too much fun. We’d love to do this next time were in Prague. My goodness those “mini” beers look pretty big to me. Did you get drunk?

  • This sounds like a blast! My husband loves discovering microbrews and we often go out of our way when traveling to find them. It’s a shame we didn’t know about these microbreweries when we were in Prague. We still enjoyed plenty of different beers while we were there, but would have loved to try out a brewery tour.

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    This is definitely a different perspective of Prague. I knew about the charming city and its treasures. But Brewery tour is a different experience altogether. I am sure it was a spirited and heady experience.

  • Wow this looks really fun! I definitely didn’t know Prague had these so it will definitely be on my list when I visit!

  • Emma Tryon

    This is too awesome! We have just this week been in Prague. Sad we didn’t get to this one, looks like such a cool place Think we’ll have to head back 🙂 …

  • Janine Good

    How fascinating! Coffee and banana flavours sound so odd for beer! I enjoyed Prague when I was there in 2009 and would love to head back there someday! Breweries are good fun and trying such weird flavours is a unique bonus when travelling.

  • Riely Mills

    The rest of the world seems to be missing out on Prague beer! I am not a beer drinker myself like you, but who knows you enjoyed some of these flavours, there’s hope for me. I just need to travel to Prague! The Flek Thirteen might be the beer for me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gokul Raj

    Wow…look at that dark beer. I have never tried one in my life. How does it taste. Is it the same as the normal one.

  • Khansa Bint AJ

    I never knew Prague was known for beer. I don’t drink any kind of alcohol. So, I am not sure about the tastes. However, those colors and the info you have given are very interesting. Never knew that beer could be made of banana and coffee

  • Fairytale Studios

    I do not really drink wine but i have always been fascinated by the look and feel of breweries. The color tones and the setup make it so exquisite. I didnt know Prague had so many microbreweries and i am sure you must have had a wonderful time visiting these

  • Doing any kind of culinary tour is always an interesting way to learn about a city and its history. Thanks for taking us along for a beer or two or three… (though to me, Pilsen will always remain the Czech beer capital ;-)!

    Happy continued travels,
    C

  • That looks really good! Although the green looking beer… I honesty didn’t know Prague was such a beer city. I have been there once but well, I was fifteen ;). Good reason to go back once!

  • Yes we have been to Prague a number of times and my hubby likes the beer. I really do not like the taste but he does. We also get Czech beer here in Austria.

  • Pack Your Baguios

    What a fun tour! I’d love to sit down in a beer hall that old. Although I’m not a big beer drinking, the hubby would be in beer heaven!

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