The Czech Republic, land of ornate castles and mystical legends, is also the birthplace of Pilsner Beer. Some of the best suds in the world are served up in the traditional beer halls of Prague, the grand and gorgeous capital, alongside hearty slabs of cheese, fatty hunks of meat and dense potato dumplings. In addition to ever-flowing “pivo” (meaning “beer” in Czech), the Czechs also pour a mean glass of absinthe, the infamous wormwood liquor said to induce hallucinations. Every workday in Prague ends with a tall glass of perfectly poured pilsner, drunk in neighborhood pubs and tourist landmarks alike, so kick back, drink up and let it all sink in.
Where We Went:
- Absinthe Time — A trip to the Czech Republic would not be complete without having a taste of the “Green Fairy,” or Absinth. Try it the Czech way, with sugar cubes lit on fire until they are liquefied into the drink or the French way, diluted with water. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, ask for the Absinth with the beetle in the bottle.
- U Vejvodu — This massive beer hall is a great place to get some food before a heavy night of drinking. They say that you will be good to drink 10 beers later, after indulging in some Pivni Syr , or beer cheese, and 20 beers after also eating some pig knee (which for the record, is not like a moose knuckle).
- The Golden Tiger – A truly original Prague drinking establishment, they only serve Pilsner Urquell. Meaning “original pilsner from original source,” this is a must have while in the Czech Republic.
- Ufleku –Try the Budvar for another authentic drinking experience. Brewed since 1265, this is the original Budweiser. But don’t be fooled, American Budweiser and Budvar are not friends (Budvar thinks they stole their name). For that reason, American Budweiser is not allowed in the Czech Republic. If beer is not your thing, order the Becherovka, a 72 proof sweet liqueur that is believed to be effective in settling your stomach.
- Chodovar Brewery — For your hangover, check out this brewery, which has been making beer since 1573 and offers beer baths, where you soak in beer mixed with hops and yeast.
Czech Republic Fun Facts:
- Absinthe is the only hard liquor made from Wormwood.
- Even though thujone is best known for being a chemical in absinthe, recent tests show that Absinthe contains only trace quantities of thujone, and may or may not be responsible for Absinthe’s reported psychedelic effects.
- Absinthe is now legal in the United States, but only with trace amounts of thujone. The absinthe in the European Union is generally stronger, with slightly more thujone.
- Budweiser translates to “From Budvar” the Czech Republic region in which it was originally made
- The Czech phrase for a hangover is “mít opici” which literally translates as “to have a monkey.”
How to Toast in Czech Republic
Na Zdravi which means”For your health”
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A bath in beer!
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