I am a big fan of beer in general and Pilsner Urquell in particular, so this was really high on my list of experiences I wanted to try in my life. We are currently living in Prague so my wife arranged a trip to the brewery in Pilsen for my birthday.
I liked everything about it, I felt like a child who had won a golden ticket. I was only surprised not to spot the Ooompa-Loompas!
First, the entrance gate to the brewery is beautiful. It reminds you that however modern parts of the brewery now are, this is an historic, special place. So it should be, as it influenced two thirds of the beer currently produced worldwide.
The visitor centre was beautiful, with a special motorbike in Urquell livery and a few other things to look at (and you can buy unfiltered Pilsener to take away from here) while we waited for the tour.
When our guide turned up she was brilliant. Warm, funny and full of enthusiasm, she delighted in showing us around and introducing things that would surprise us or make us laugh. I actually asked her the first question (apple for teacher I know, but I was so excited) and her answer really helped me understand.
I don't want to go into all the details of the tour because it is nice to discover things for yourself, but I will mention a few highlights:
- getting into a Pilsner Urquell bus to take us around part of the tour
- using the biggest lift/elevator in the Czech Republic
- seeing the working factory with all the cans and bottles whizzing around
- plus of course, most people's favourite bit- trying the beer in the cellars!
It is difficult to overstate how special the beer you get to try on the tour is. The only other time I have tried Pilsner Urquell from the wood was once in London where there was one small barrel in a pub and we were allowed to buy a glass each. I literally ran there after work!
You get a really fair serving of beer here and you are served it standing between massive barrels. It is an amazing thing to try and our guide led us in a tasting, which really helped us appreciate it.
The price was excellent for the quality of the tour- good job all concerned! Thanks for making my birthday so special and helping me experience one of my dreams.
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