Beer in the Czech Republic
If there’s one place we mustn’t forget when talking about beer around the world it’s the Czech Republic. In this country, every inhabitant drinks over 150 liters of beer annually, and that makes the Czechs the world’s greatest consumers of this precious liquid. Therefore, it’s not strange to say that beer is this country’s national beverage.
Evidently, if they’re good consumers, they’re also great producers. Czechia has the perfect location and weather for beer brewing, so its fields are rich in top quality barley and hop.
Czech Beer History
Czech beer has been produced for ages. The Celts were already elaborating drinks with fermented grains in the third century b.C., and, later, Slavonic cultures decided to guarantee a higher quality brewing by regulating beer production through public institutions so that it wouldn’t be exclusively brewed by specialists. In fact, the Czechs pride themselves in having founded the first school of master beer brewers in the world in the eighteenth century.
Types of Czech Beer
Beer is so relevant for the Czech culture that its language includes a wide variety of words that refer to it, particularly in the dialect spoken in the city of Brno. However, the most common term used to order it at bars is pivo. Among the numerous varieties of beer that exist in Czechia, DINKtravelers suggests trying the light Sveltý, the amber Polotmavé and dark brews such as the Cerné.
In your next trip to the Czech capital, Prague, we also recommend visiting the beer health spa known as Spa Beerland, whose treatments and products are all based on beer. You’ll even get the chance to bathe in this beverage known to strengthen the immune system and relax the body and spirit. Do you want to try it? Also, pair your drink with an order of the national Czech dish: vepřo-knedlo-zelo, which consists on pork stew with kale and meatballs.
Interesting Facts About Czech Beer
In Czechia they use the Balling system to measure sugars’ degrees of fermentability, so if you see that the label reads 11° or 12°, it’s okay, because it’s equivalent to the usual 4° or 5° of a regular American beer.
The famous Pilsner beer, the refreshing blond beer that we enjoy so much, comes from the city of Plzeň, located in the Western region of Bohemia, where a master beer brewer invented it in the nineteenth century. It seems that that he was, in fact, German, but it’s better not to mention this to the Czechs.
The normal size of a pint in this country is equivalent to half a liter of beer, while the regular 0,33 liters that are common in most countries are, for them, a small beer. Without doubt, size matters to the Czechs.