Many thanks to Shaun for him letting me keep his rather excellent guide to Czech beer on my blog. You can download a copy at http://travelbeerfood.co.uk/files/czech16.pdf
Czech beer’s good. The lingo might be a bit special for anyone so here’s a few tips and word n stuff.
The beer is measured in degrees plato, so you instead of having a 5% beer, you might have a 12° beer. Read all about it here if you want, but a good rule of thumb is to subtract two from the plato scale and then divide by two. It’s not accurate, but it sort of works.
Svetlý – light
Polotmavý – medium dark
Leák – premium beer
Peničné – wheat beer
Medový – beer with honey
Viňový – beer with cherries
Údolní 7, Brno, Czech Republic.
Mon-Sat 11-23, Sun 11-22
U Richarda Brew Pub has been open in Brno for a wee while now, but as it’s out in the sticks and I’ve only been to Brno once before, I’ve never managed to visit. All is not lost now as there’s a second branch on the edge of the city centre (probably only 5 mins from Pegas brewpub.
Although catering to drinkers, U Richarda 2 does seem quite food based – in fact they call themselves a ‘Restaurace’ so it would have seemed rude not to have taken advantage of the current special offer of 500g of spicy pork ribs, bread and a Czech salad / garnish for 149CZK- about a fiver. Oh – with two beers too!
From what I understand, the beers are brewed out in the brew pub in the suburbs and sold there in the bar. I tried all they had to offer , these being
Světlý leák 12°
Tmavý leák 12°
Viňový leák 12° – a cherry beer
Pivni Special 12°
Peničné 11° – a wheat beer
Medový speciál 15° – a dark beer laced with honey.
A nice, modern bar, good food and good beer!
Jakubská 4, Brno, Czech Republic.
There’s not really a lot to say about Pegas – if you’ve been to Brno and like a beer, the chances are you’ve been to Pegas. Pretty much bog standard German / Czech beer hall type place with lots of wood, hops on the ceiling and fag smoke. The beer’s good though!
Whilst there, the Christmas beer was available – ‘Vánoční’ – a 15° beer that the barman said was just a mix of two of the standard beers. Still, if you blend two very good beers, you’re bound to still end up with a good beer!