Drinking beer in the Czech Republic began over 1,000 years ago, and today more beer is consumed (per capita) in the Czech Republic than in any other country. They drink 42 gallons per person in a year, which is 20% more than 2nd place Germany. The US isn’t even in the top 10. Pilsner (golden lager), the most consumed style of beer in the known universe, was invented in Plzen, a small city an hour’s drive from Prague.
While Prague may offer fewer choices than most cities, having one of the “local” beers is always a choice. Most bars and restaurants serve only one beer, like Pilsner Urquell or Budweiser (a beer from Budvar, which is unrelated to Budweiser here in the states). Prague is also home to U Fleku, one of the oldest beer pubs in the world, which first started serving beer in 1499.
During, and shortly after the fall of communism, beer was very inexpensive. But not any more… Today, it’s competitively priced compared to other European countries. There are countless options for beer pubs in Prague, and plenty of passion for it. And, if you’re there in May, you can catch their annual beer festival that lasts 17 days (one day longer than Munich’s)!