Prague boasts a grand total of 13 commercial micro breweries, and there are more to come. Depending on your endurance, it could take you at least a couple of days to visit them all, and by the time you are done, you will have covered a sizable portion of the Geography of the Czech capital.
But why leave it there (or here)? There are half a dozen other breweries just outside Prague and visiting them will not take you much longer than traveling from Kobylisy to Vršovice, with the added bonus that in some cases they can make a base for a day trip.
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Rýznerova 19/5 – Únětice
+420 220 515 687 – [email protected]
How to get there: Buses 355 and 359 from Dejvická to Únětice, Na Parcelách
I don’t have much more to add to what I said a few weeks ago, other than lunch or a snack at their gorgeous taproom can be a great way to start/end a walk by the beautiful Tiché Udolí. There are also free tours of the brewery Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM
Just ask any of the local beer geeks about Chyně, but if you don’t want, all you need to know is that this is considered one of the best microbreweries in the country. Tomáš Mikulica, the Brew Master, makes stuff that has a very distinctive personality. Don’t bother too much with the large, tourist friendly restaurant, go around the building to the Pivovarská Krčma for a better atmosphere and prices. The food is fantastic, too, by the way.
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Československé armády 3230 – Kladno
+420 312 240 660 – [email protected]
How to get there: Any of the many regular buses between Dejvická and Kladno. Alternatively, there’s the train, but get off at Kladno Město.
Have you ever been to a place that looks awful from the outside and not much better from the inside, but it is still really cool? No? Well, then the Kladno brewpub will be your first. It’s really ugly outside, but it wouldn’t be too shabby inside if it wasn’t for the chain smoking, chain Gambáč drinking rough looking blokes that make most of the clientèle and the ridiculously costumed waitresses (who, to be fair, are really good at their job). But with those beers they brew there, you won’t really mind all that. One piece of advice, though, eat something before.
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Tyršova 135 – Beroun
+420 311 622 566 – [email protected]
Mon: 9-20, Tue-Thu: 9-22, Fri-Sat: 9-23, Sun: 10-20
How to get there: Here the train is the better option. The brewery is only a couple hundred metres from the station.
This must be one of the most fantastic brewpubs in the world. It’s located in an old sugar refinery that now is used as a salvage yard. The place looks like something out of a horror film, with the exception of one building. Going into it it’s a bit like going back in time. The beers are really good and the way they are brewed is very uncommon. The kit was built from scrap metal and it’s wood fired (usually, scrap wood). Food is very good value, but it’s the experience that will make the trip worth it.
Among the many, many, many microbreweries that have opened in the last two years, Antoš ranks certainly among the very best. Their take on Czech classics is flawless and it doesn’t end there because the paths they have taken out of tradition have resulted in some really outstanding brews, too. The building that houses this brewpub is very nice both in and outside and the food is quite solid as well, while the centre of Slaný isn’t too shabby for a stroll either before or after a hearty meal.
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Českobrodská 17 – Kostelec nad Černými lesy
+420 731 888 070
How to get there: Buses 381 and 387 from Háje to Kostelec n.Č.l.,nám.
Not a brewery proper, well not just yet. It used to be one, though and they’ve been working for more than a decade to get it back to work, which should be happening next year (or at least that’s the plan), in the meantime they have their own beers contract brewed at a couple of breweries. Regardless of all that, their restaurant is fantastic with great food and great atmosphere and its all by itself well worth a visit. Keep an eye as well on their webpage as there are some interesting events almost every weekend.
That’s about it, if any of you knows of anywhere else worth a visit out of Prague, just let me know.
PS: Before leaving your homes to do any of these trips, be sure to check bus/train schedules at idos.cz.