Plzeň Beer Tour: where to drink the best beer in Pilsen Czech Republic
The best place where to start any beer tour is definitely in Plzeň.
Plzeň (in English and German called Pilsen) is the Czech City situated only 90 km southwest of Prague, the Capital of Czech Republic. Plzeň is especially known as the hometown of the world famous Pilsner Beer, which is the grandfather of all lager beers and which has been brewed in Pilsner Urquell Brewery the same way since 1842.
Plzeň has a strong brewing tradition.
Where you can learn more about beer and taste the best beer in the world than in the City where almost every household brewed beer at home since 1295 until the biggest Pilsen brewery was grounded?
Plzeň has very good assumptions for brewing excellent beer. Special local Czech ingredients as: Pilsen´s soft water, red hops from Žatec, malt and yeast accompanied with the love to beer create the necessary base for production of Plzeň beer.
No wonder, that Pilsen is a paradise for all beer lovers. You won´t find a city with so many breweries, bars, pubs and all kind of beer related activities.
You have to understand: drinking of beer is a part of Czech nationality. In the medieval times was the beer healthier than water, because the water had very poor quality. Today, the beer is sometimes cheaper than non-alcoholic drinks in pubs of Czech Republic.
Do you want to know where to drink the best beer in Plzeň? Or would you like to learn more about the production of beer? Do you want to taste unpasteurized beer directly from the barrel? Then you came to the right place.
We prepared for you a detailed guide to your Plzeň beer tour. You will discover where you can:
- drink the best Plzeň beer
- see the production of beer
- taste and compare ale beer versus lager beer
- learn how to tap beer
- have a beer bath
- learn how to brew beer
We will visit the biggest Plzeň brewery Pilsner Urquell Brewery, several Pilsen microbreweries, find pubs with international choice of craft beer and enjoy beer spa in Pilsen. So let’s start Plzeň beer tour.
#1 Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Pilsner Urquell Brewery is the biggest producer of beer in Czech Republic and Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is according TripAdvisor one of the world´s best tourist attractions.
To take part on Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour is a great opportunity to learn more about Pilsen beer history.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour
Is there any more famous beer than the Pilsner beer? Beer which made the city of Pilsen world-wide known and gave a name Pils or Pilsener for bottom fermented lagers has been produced here in the traditional way since 1842, when it was first brewed by Josef Groll.
If you want to know more about the history of the legendary Pilsner Urquell Brewery, about the process of brewing of Pilsner Beer, the secret recipe and learn more about ingredients, from which Pilsen beer is brewed, then take part on the Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour here »
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour leads through all parts of the famous Plzeň Brewery.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Restaurant
The famous Pilsen Brewery Restaurant "Na Spilce" you will find in front of visitor center in the area of Pilsner Urquell Brewery. It is the right time and place to take rest, taste the typical Czech cuisine and the unpasteurized and unfiltered Pilsner Urquell beer from the tank. The restaurant is equipped with the children playing area; you can also sit in the garden in good weather.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň
U Prazdroje 7, Plzeň
GPS: 49°44'47.339"N, 13°23'10.568"E
Open daily: 8 am – 5 pm (April – September until 6 pm)
Read more about Pilsner Urquell Brewery here »
Hotels near Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Very nice hotel Vienna House Easy Pilsen is situated in front of Pilsner Urquell Brewery. It is an excellent place where you can stay because it is located close to Pilsner Urquell Brewery and also very close to Pilsen Old town. The railway station is only 300 meters far. Click here to check out prices and book your stay.
Vienna House Easy Pilsen isn´t of course only one hotel near Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Read the review of 11 best hotels in Pilsen, which are close to Pilsner Urquell Brewery and also near to Pilsen City Centre. Now, the choice will be easier for you. Read more about hotels in Plzeň here »
Pilsner Urquell Brewery isn´t the only one Plzeň Brewery. During your Plzeň beer tour you can taste also beer of some local microbreweries: Purkmistr, U Pašáka, Raven and Beer Factory.
#2 Restaurant and brewery Beer Factory
The new microbrewery and restaurant Beer Factory was built in the old town house located on the corner of Dominikánská and Veleslavínova Street, just a few steps from the Plzeň Republic Square. The restaurant serves typical Czech food as Svíčková, Venison, burgers and steaks, the great advantage of this place is garden in inner courtyard.
Architects succeeded to connect an old architecture with modern clean industrial style: dominants are walls without painting and materials as iron, steel and wood. The beer club and the biggest part of all technologies are concentrated in the cellar, but the main bar with two brew houses are in the ground floor.
The brewery offers several kinds of own beer including top fermented beer (called ale) but it imports also fine beer from Belgium as Kasteel Rouge or Gulden Draak.
The brewery is very popular among tourists, for Friday evening you will need a reservation.
If you want to find an accommodation close to the brewery Beer Factory, I recommend a beautiful place Hotel Rango.
Open Mo-Th: 11am-11pm, Fr+Sa: 11am-12pm, Su: 11am-11pm.
Dominikánská 8, Plzeň. Web page of Beer Factory Brewery.
Restaurant and brewery Beer Factory.
For those who prefer bottom-fermented beer (as Pilsner lager made
by Pilsner Urquell Brewery) and don´t like fruity beer as ale, is better to visit the next Pilsen brewery “U Pašáka”.
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#3 Pilsen brewery and restaurant "U Pašáka"
I discovered this brewery in December 2017 short before Christmas. We searched for a place where we can have “a before Christmas meeting” with our friends. This place looked very well, there was enough place for more groups of people and it was not far from Pilsen city center.
The restaurant is new and place very pleasant. This Plzeň brewery produces an unfiltered and unpasteurized bohemian style beer: semi dark and light beer. The brewery is also testing new versions of beer, you can be surprised every time.
The restaurant became to be very popular, all meals we had were excellent and beer also.
Open Mo-Fr: 10am-11pm, Sa: 11am-11pm, Su: 11am-9pm.
Poděbradova 12, Plzeň. Web page of the brewery U Pašáka.
Restaurant and brewery "U Pašáka" offers beer of own production.
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#4 Purkmistr: hotel, brewery, restaurant and beer spa
Purkmistr brewery is a great place where you can spend a whole weekend with your partner, friends or family and we guarantee that nobody will get bored.
This Pilsen brewery is located in the suburban part of Plzeň-Černice. The large newly renovated farmhouse includes a beerhouse with a brewery, a restaurant, a hotel Purkmistr with spa, wellness and a bowling alley.
It brews own beer under Purkmistr brand: PURKMISTR lager (classic Pilsner style lager), semi dark and dark 12% lager, PÍSAŘ wheat beer (top-fermented wheat beer with a characteristic fruity component), RADNÍ (amber semi-dark special with a prolonged maturation time) etc. There is also a wide variety of beers flavored with fruit and herbal flavors.
Restaurant is open: Mo-Th: 11am-11pm, Fr-Sa: 11am-12pm, Su: 11am-10pm.
Selská náves 21/2, Plzeň - Černice.
Brewery and beer spa Purkmistr in Plzeň.
The beer in Purkmistr house is brewed using traditional recipes, several types of high quality malting barley, hops from the Žatec region and a famous Pilsen’s soft water. The beer is served unfiltered and unpasteurized, so all the original nutrients are preserved and thanks to this it contains exclusively natural substances: a high vitamin B content, sugar, yeast, etc. So it has many benefits for your body.
Former farmhouse was reconstructed and serves as a brewery now.
What makes this brewery exceptional?
- a wide range of activities as brewery tour, bowling, yoga lessons, wellness with sauna and massage
- a beautiful and quite place of the former farmhouse
- Pilsen city center very easily reachable by trolleybus No. 13
- Czech traditional cuisine
#5 RAVEN brewery and pub
The cute pub with 60 places for sitting was open in 2017.
RAVEN brewery is situated behind the pub and brews 6 kinds of own beer, mainly ale beer. It is also possible to order the brewery tour with beer tasting.
Pub is open:
Fr-Su: 2pm- until the last guest leave.☺
Address: Mozartova 1, Plzeň.
Web page of RAVEN Brewery.
The pub offers cold and sometimes hot meals, and there are barbecues in the garden during the summer. The RAVEN beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized and it is served directly from the lager cellar at the same temperature as the beer matured.
It is the end of our Plzeň Beer Tour. I hope that you learned something new about Pilsen beer and now you are prepared to check on your own where to drink the best beer in Plzeň. I appreciate your comments on our Facebook page. Cheers!
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Written by Šárka Novotná
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Šárka and I'm so glad you've found this Website! I was born in Plzeň and from the love to my home city I launched PlzenGuide.com. I hope you will find important information and ideas about how to spend an incredible time in Pilsen Czech Republic.