Coming from Milwaukee I’ve been surrounded by brewery tours and beer tastings my entire adult life. As I researched things to do in Prague it became obvious to me that there was an entire country out there that rivaled our beer production and citizens that had a taste for beer even more than we do in Milwaukee. Prague and the entire Czech know their beer so it only made sense to join in on a walking brewery tour to get a better understanding of the brewing and beer culture in this region.
I teamed up with Beer Prague and joined one of their Brewery Tours. This tour includes stops at 3 different mini-breweries with 9 different tastings and delicious food at the last stop. And I must also mention that the last stop includes unlimited beers. They also offer a Stag Party option that features only 2 brewery stops but unlimited beers at both in case you’re really looking to indulge.
We met our tour guide, Jan, and began the tour at Novomestský Pivovar which is one of the oldest and most authentic mini-breweries in Prague. Jan discussed the beer making process with us with stops in the cooling rooms and the cellar. After we were able to taste their light and dark beers and a mix of both. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the tasting of their very high-proof spirit made from beer which in America we pretty much call ‘moonshine’. It was enough to make my throat burn.
Following this stop we strolled through some streets and back alleys while Jan talked about some history and pointed out some hidden gems. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy any sort of food or beverage tour while I’m traveling. You always learn some great things about the city that you might not have come across if you were just out on your own.
Our next stop was at a more modern brewery called , which is actually the oldest brewery with a restaurant in Prague. It dates back to the 15th century, so yah, it’s pretty old. We took down 2 more beers, enjoyed some good conversation with Jan and our fellow tourists and then hit the road for our last and final stop.
The next brewery was located on a boat on the river. The boat doesn’t actually go anywhere but the concept is fun and cozy. The Lod Pivovar ship dates back to 1962 but it was in 2016 that it was renovated and turned into the mini-brewery that it is today. They brew plenty of beer here, always keep their 3 top sellers on tap. They have plenty of others that rotate throughout the year so you may never get the same offerings twice.
Jan encouraged us to try a few of their more unique brews while we enjoyed some delicious appetizers: pickled sausage, brewery sausages in a delicious sauce and my favorite, pork knee.
The tour was a lot of fun and a great way to learn more about the Czech beer culture. Though a newbie to the tour team, Jan was more than knowledgable and able to answer all of our questions about the brewing process and really made it an enjoyable time. Check out Beer Prague the next time you’re in Prague for a good time, a great selection of brews and a fun time with fellow tourists! Na Zdraví!
Special thanks to Beer Prague for inviting me on their brewery tour! All opinions expressed in this post are my own.