Prague

Prague isn’t so much a city of beer but the capital of the nation of beer. The Czechs are the highest beer consumers of the world and drink on average 1.5 litres of beer (roughly three pints) every day. The real kicker is that this average is across the entire population – every man, woman, pensioner and child. What a wonderful place.

They drink it with good reason too – it is exceptional. Sorry, Germany, but outside of Bavaria at least, you are bested. The Czechs are famous for their pilsners (light-coloured lager) with a creamy head that is actually sought after. Urquell and Budweiser Budvah (not the American Budweiser that copied their name then tried to sue them over it) are the internationally famous examples but I can assure you they are quite different drinks here. It can be knocked back like a superior alternative to water but that’s not to say they are light in alcohol – the beer is just so good you don’t get tired of drinking it.

They do funny things with their pilsners, too, like brewing unfiltered versions where the sediment of yeast respiration is encouraged to permeate the beer to produce a sweeter taste; or tank beer of unprecedented smoothness, which is unpressurised yet somehow doesn’t fall foul to bacterial infection. I have dabbled in home brewing but how this all works is beyond me. They don’t measure the strength of beer is %ABV either but rather on the °Plato scale (I always knew the man was a good egg) which depends on the concentration of fermentable sugars in the wort (beer recipe).

So here are some nice photos of beer (the dark lager here is particularly unique) and Czech cuisine, the traditional specification for which is ‘mountainous’.

 

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And some photos of the city at night. Prague can look a little dusty, worn and swarming with tourists by day but after dark the ‘city of a thousand spires’ really shines.

 

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Finally there’s this dog. I must have seen half a dozen of these wimpy, shaven (or are they naturally like that?) excuse for terriers – and few other dogs They must be in vogue.

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