Czech beer is world famous. The Czech Republic is the No.1 beer drinking nation on the planet, with an annual per capita consummation of some 156 litres. Beer is served almost everywhere in Prague, even in breakfast cafés! It tastes terrific and it is cheap.
Most Czech beers are light beers, brewed naturally from hand-picked hops. Increasingly, breweries are producing a dark ale too as an alternative, but most Czechs like their beer light, nicely chilled and with a tall head. When ordering a beer in a pub, ask for “male pivo” (small beer - 0.3l) or “pivo” (beer - 0.5l).
Pilsner Urquell is the best known Czech beer. Brewed in the Czech town of Plzeň, this is the original Pils beer from which all golden beers the world over are derived. Gambrinus is a popular beer from the same brewer. Then there is Staropramen from Prague and Bernard, a cheaper beer, from East Bohemia.
The most widely exported Czech beer is Budvar, called Budweiser in German - the name of which is also used by an unrelated American brew (there has been legal wrangling over the use of the name for decades). And more recent introductions include Velvet, a smooth and creamy beer, and Kelt one of the better dark beers.
Since the fall of communism most major breweries have been bought by foreign brewing giants, and a lot of investment has been ploughed into Czech brewing. The result is impressive modern beer brewing facilities and Czech beers marketed worldwide as a premium product. In the picture, H.E. Mr. Jaroslav Olša, jr., Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Korea, is celebrating the launch of 0.5 lt. tin canned Gambrinus Premium, one of the best known Czech biers, brewed at the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery at Pilsen (Plzeň), at Lotte Mart at Seoul Station in spring 2011. Other Czech beers available at Korean market are BrouCzech of Nová Paka, Ježek of Jihlava , Primátor of Náchod, and – last but not least – Budvar of České Budějovice. More and more nationalities over the world drink Czech beer however the best place to drink it is definitely the Czech republic itself!