On my recent beer safari to Prague, I of course wanted to visit as many places serving or selling beer as possible. I was far off from making it to all the places, but this one I had to visit. It was quite close to the army museum and as such, a delight (as the army museum was rather dull, that might not say a lot, but anyhow...).
Now, to be honest, Prague as a destination for a beer safari was a bit of a challenge to me. They love their beer here, they are very very proud of it, they drink vast lakes of the stuff and they are fairly unison in their opinion that theirs is the best beer around, and they probably invented the stuff as well. However, they nearly only drink lager/pilsner, and I and a lot of other beer fans, have moved on.
Not a problem at Pivovarsky klub. Here they have beer from all over the Czech republic, and a lot of it is from microbreweries who are trying to broaden the pallet of Mr. and Mrs. Czech. There's porters, stouts, pale ale's and even one or two IPA's. Not quite the hop bombs from the US and their followers, but they are getting there.
So, what about the place itself. Well, it is an odd place. It is a beer restaurant, there's great food and beer on tap and all, but it is also a bottleshop. So, there you are, having walked for a long while, you sit down, ask for a menu and a beer, and you try to read the menu, despite the fact that nearly every inch of the walls around you are filled to capacity with bottles of beers.
I did manage to tear my eyes away from the bottles however, as I knew what I wanted. I wanted goulash! So, I ordered that and some beer from a monastery which was nice, unfiltered and cloudy.
My goulash arrived, and it was something else. A brewers goulash, it was served on a plate, not a soup bowl, with big chunks of beef, some sort of huge yellow pepper or paprika and big chunks of bread to soak it all up with. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Lovely.
After eating and drinking a couple more beers, I got some hints as to what would be interesting beers to buy and take with me, and I got 4 different beers I'm looking forward to tasting later on here in Oslo.
And that was that. A very interesting place, it had everything I wanted, and I left in a good mood, pleased and merry,