Modern beer culture from Prague: Vinohradsky Pivovar
Czech beer is something very special. Not only because Pilsner was invented or brewed for the first time in the Czech Republic (by a German, by the way!), but also because its taste differs somewhat from that of a German lager.
Nevertheless, a certain similarity can be recognised. The beer culture is also similar to that in southern Germany. Traditionally, hearty meat dishes with dumplings, sour pickled vegetables and sourdough bread are served with beer.
Nevertheless, in addition to the traditional beer culture, there is also a younger beer scene, although they always have the familiar brewing culture in mind. An 11° Pilsner, a 12° Lager and a 12° Dark are actually always brewed.
This is also the case at Pivovar Vinohradsky. The brewery was actually founded in 1893 in the Vinohrady district of Prague. As was unfortunately the case in European history, the Second World War also had an influence on the further development of this brewery. But the nationalisation of the brewery also changed Pivovar Vinohradsky.
In 2014, however, the brewery returned to private hands and nothing stood in the way of its modern development. Since then, master brewer Jiří Fišer has been brewing not only the well-known and popular Vinohradská 11 or Vinohradská 12, but also many IPAs and pale ales. He experiments a lot with other beer styles typical of craft beer. These are bottled in cans or served in the in-house brewpub.
We were more than convinced by the 11 in particular. We love the light, pithy and slightly buttery Czech Pilsners - not just the Pilsner Urquell (from the tank). But for those who love this beer, they should also try the 11 from Pivovar Vinohradsky.