In late September Czechs celebrate an inherent icon of local culture – Czech beer. No matter where you go you are going to find a pub or restaurant taking part in this celebration preparing special degustation menus, beer specials, visits to breweries and side programs. Beer in Czech Republic is celebrated until the 3rd of October.
The main beer centers in the country are Plzen and Prague. Here you can visit the large breweries such as Pilsner Urquell and Prague’s Staropramen as well as visit beer museums. There are also hundreds of pubs where you can taste lots of kinds of beer or “liquid bread” as locals call it.
Increasingly, smaller breweries are playing a more significant role. The Břevnov St. Adalbert Monastic Brewery can be found on the premises of Břevnov Monastery, so visit the brewery shop or the nearby monastery taproom and tasting some of the local specialties, like the dark Russian Imperial Stout (21%) with the taste of high quality dark chocolate.
A visit to any of the breweries can be a great starting point, the final destination or a stop on a walking tour along what are known as beer trails. Walking in the highest Czech mountains Krkonoše can be combined with drinking good beer on the Krkonoše Beer Trail that connects Vrchlabí, Friesovy boudy and Luční bouda. You can taste original beer right in four breweries along the 22 km long route. A similar hike awaits you in the beautiful Beskids. Enjoy picturesque villages and towns with stylish restaurants, historical and natural monuments, and especially the eight breweries involved in the Beskids Beer Trails.
In Jihlava city you will find Brewery Educational Trail that teaches you about the history of the royal town and the local tradition of brewing beer at twelve information desks. The Beer Trail of the poet Petr Bezruč, suitable especially for cyclists, is another opportunity how to take a nice trip from the outskirts of Brno to the gates of the Černá Hora brewery, with a length of 28 km.