The End of Summer in the Czech Republic – the Perfect Time for Beer Tourism!
September is one of the most beautiful months in the Czech Republic. Nature begins to dress itself in stunning autumn colors and the outdoor temperatures are so nice that they simply invite taking trips. Why not visit a brewery or attend a beer festival?
Plzeň and Prague – beer Giants
When giving out beer tips one can’t leave out the two famous Czech beer centers right at the start, namely Plzeň and Prague. In both cities, lovers of beer come into their own, because they learn all sorts of interesting things about beer as well as getting to taste it. You can visit the large breweries here - Pilsner Urquell and Prague’s Staropramen - and also visit a beer museum. These can be found in Plzeň and Prague. A couple worth mentioning are the Beer Museum in Old Town or the Brewery House. Not to mention the hundreds of pubs where they will be happy to draw you some "liquid bread", a popular nickname for beer in the Czech Republic.
Increasingly, smaller breweries are playing a more significant role. The capital city also has plenty to offer in this area. The Břevnov St. Adalbert Monastic Brewery can be found on the premises of Břevnov Monastery, so a walk to these places can be spiced up by visiting 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. In the newly built Hostivař Brewery in Prague 15, you’ll be sure to get beer without pasteurization and filtration. The result is a series of interesting beers - the cycling "eight" to "fifteen" with the fresh fragrance of citrus and flowers.
Tours of the smaller breweries
Of course, you can always venture outside of Prague and Plzeň for delicious Czech beer. Guided tours combined with tasting are provided by both traditional large and medium-sized breweries like Budvar in České Budějovice, Radegast in Nošovice, Krušovice Brewery, Primátor in Náchod or Starobrno from Brno, but also a number of small, mostly family breweries. You’ll feel right at home in the family brewery Neumann near Mělník, in Koutský Brewery in Šumava, in the Chyše castle brewery, in the Black Eagle Brewery in Jindřichův Hradec or in the Slavkov Brewery, where they brew a special twelve-degree Slavkov white beer, which is a wheat beer which smells like bananas and cloves.
Beer trail trips
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.
If you are going to Vysočina, especially to its largest city Jihlava, you’ll probably hear information about the existence of a local 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.
Fun at a Beer Festival
In September there are many beer festivals on the program, which are a sought after place especially on account of their varied menu of different types of beer. Probably the most visited September event associated with beer is called Dočesná Žatec (September 5 to 6), which is a traditional celebration of the hop harvest, which takes place in the historic center of Žatec. There is wide selection of beers for visitors and competitions such as dancing with a pitcher on your head or hand combing hops. Great interest is expected for the Brno Beer Festival, which takes place in the period of September 11 to 14, in two locations in the center of the South Moravian metropolis - Náměstí Svobody (Liberty Square) and in the park at Moravské Náměstí (Moravia Square). Different brands of beer from the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain will also be available here.
The event Sun in glass has also become very popular. It takes place on Saturday, September 20, on the premises of Purkmistr Brewery in Plzeň and involves a showcase of beer from Czech microbreweries. Last year’s menu consisted of 180 beers from different parts of the Czech Republic. Other beer festivals are also planned at the Benešov Brewery Ferdinand (September 13) in Mníšek pod Brdy (September 27) or at Zábřeh Castle in Ostrava (September 27).