As well as the giant breweries like Pilsner Urquell, Budvar and Staropramen there are quite a few microbreweries producing excellent larger and dark beer too. Beer made in these breweries usually has a distinctive taste where freshness is guaranteed. Probably the most popular microbrewery and restaurant in Prague is U Fleku. The menu U Fleku is typically Czech: pork, beef, goulash, sausages, duck and chicken. Beer brewed in the site’s brewery is excellent and a brewery tour can be organized too (advance reservations are essential).
A typical tavern has only one brand of 10-degree beer, one brand of 12-degree beer, and one brand of dark beer. The degree mark on bottles doesn’t reveal the proportion of alcohol content. Rather, it’s a measurement used by makers to track the density of particular ingredients. Like a general guide, 10 degrees is 3.5 percent alcohol, 12 degrees is 4.2 percent alcohol, end 11 and 15 degrees are dark beers.
U Fleku Brewery Museum
Here you can see very old brewing machines, instruments and drinking vessels.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-15:00. website
Admission: 50 CZK
U Medvidku is great example of a traditional Czech pub, which is busy every night of the week. Hotel, restaurant and brewery on sight, plus Budwar and Staropramen on tap.
Location: Na Perstyne 7, Prague 1, webiste
This famous Czech pub is almost always full, as it’s popular among tourists and locals alike. Bustling and noisy, like a traditional Czech pub should be, U Bulovky has a very unique atmosphere which is hard to find nowadays. The beer (house lager ležák is a yeast beer, cloudy in appearance) is excellent – always fresh tasting and rich, each beer has its own unique taste.
Location: Pivovar U Bulovky, Bulovka 17, Libeň, webiste
This pub is extremely popular among locals and tourists for starting their night off. The restaurant serves hearty Czech food at very reasonable prices. Light and dark beers from their microbrewery simply must not be missed.
Location: Vodickova 20, Prague 1, website
An old traditional pub, Pivovarsky dum is an excellent place for a pint of local beer. The menu offers sausage, beans, fried and pickled pork, dumplings and potato croquettes, along with classics such as goulash and svickova. Gleaming copper vats where the house brew is made are on display, and an angled mirror lets visitors in on a view of the malt-processing tubs.
Location: Jecna / Lipova street 15, Prague 2, websiteOpen: 11:00 – 23:30
Klasterni Pivovar Strahov
The Strahov monastery allowed a commercial brewery, Klásterní Pivovar Strahov, to set up shop within their precincts. Even though monks have nothing to do with the brewing process, beers here are named after St. Norbert. It is a very dark-brown beer and far more bitter than you would expect.
Location: Strahov monastery, Strahovské nádvoří 301, website
The Brewery of Richter
František Richter’s passion: an oak and brass adorned public house founded in 2004, was among the 1st parts of the Czech Rep to provide both bottom and top fermented beers derived from the experience of the owner of brewing each style in Germany. Richter ležák, the house lager (a dark, golden lager that has a fantastic malt body combined with florid, fragrant Saaz hops), a quality Pilsner style of brew, is constantly available, as are several other specials, like Richter’s take on Helles, Alt, Bock, Dortmunder Export, wheat beers, ales, Кölsch and even porters and stouts; all these are really stunning. Music played live at the week-ends and a family friendly atmosphere makes this a well-visited attraction for lovers of beer from across the city and the globe. This pub was the deserving winner of the 2005 Micro Brewery’s Yearly award.
Location: The Richter Brewery in U Bulovky, Bulovka Seventeen, Praha Eight, website