WHICH CRAFT?

Business Traveller - - FOOD & DRINK -

The most fa­mous Czech ex­port – apart from the Škoda car – is beer ( pivo). Beer is also fondly known as “liq­uid bread” lo­cally, hint­ing at its im­por­tance to Czech cul­ture. And Evan Rail, au­thor of Why

Beer Matters, says that “Prague is prob­a­bly the best city in the world to sam­ple tra­di­tional lager.”

The honey-coloured pale lager

( světlé pivo) is the most com­mon and orig­i­nates in the in­dus­trial West Bo­hemian city of Plzeň, hence the name “Pil­sner”. Dark beer ( tmavé

pivo) is also avail­able, but these days it’s less com­mon.

Al­though big names such as Pil­sner Urquell or Staro­pra­men are most fa­mil­iar to vis­i­tors, Rail urges them to sam­ple the many new ales, in­clud­ing craft beers. “Prague’s beer scene is ex­plod­ing. Just ten years ago we had only nine brew­eries in the whole city. To­day we have 36, with more on the way,” he en­thuses.

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