The tour takes you along the valley of the meandering Berounka river through beautiful landscapes, tiny sleepy villages and picturesque towns south-west of Prague. You will not only enjoy the scenic ride, but will have the opportunity to taste delicious brews – lagers, ales and a superb cider – mostly directly at the place, where they are produced.
- Distance: appr. 50 km
- Duration: 6-8 hrs
- Stops: Mucha (Prague-Modrany, brewery) – Kail (Lahovičky, ale brewery ) – Horymir (Radotin, brewery) – Kliment (Dobřichovice, award winning ciders) – Řevnice brewery and restaurant – U Krobiána (inn and beer garden with the outstanding lager from Hostomice) – Berounský medvěd (brewery with mediocre beers and a bizzarre location).
- Recommended direction: Take the train to Beroun first, the Berounský Medvěd brewery is very close and start from there going to Prague
Czech beer is reputed to be among the best in Europe, along with German and Belgian. Traditionally. the most popular type in the country is lager. At least this has been the case since the mid 19th century. Before, Bohemia’s favourite brews were more similar to top-fermented wheat beer. But then a Bavarian brewmaster, Josef Groll, was hired by the Pilsen brewery and came up with a new style of beer that was soon to conquer the palates all over the world. In the Czech lands, the success of Pilsen style lagers eventually led to the loss of beer diversity for more than a century.
Today, beer lovers can choose between a wide variety of brews. As small and micro breweries open all over the Czech Republic, previously unknown or forgotten types are introduced. IPA, APA, kriek, gosen, stouts and Weizen are being produced and consumed alongside the more traditional lagers, the still dominating type as to sales. In Prague there are currently (March 2022) over four dozens of regular breweries and many other projects engaged in so called “Gypsy brewing” (contract brewing using the facilities of professional producers). There are many pubs and specialised bars, where you can taste ten or more tap beers (changing menus) every day, with “Zlý časy” in the Nusle neighbourhood leading the list with 48 draughts and dozens of bottled beers.