While scanning through endless amounts of travel trivia this week I found out that the Czech Republic is number 1 for beer consumption in the entire world. The Czech people drink on average 143 liters per person totaling around 1.5 billion liters combined, per year.
Here in America it is hard for us to imagine a history of our country that dates back more than a couple of centuries. The Czech Republic has been brewing beers since 993 ACE, almost 800 years before America became a country. The most popular beers in the Czech Republic are pale lagers and pilsners. Some of the most notable brands are Pilsner Urquell, which was the world’s first pilsner brand, Budweiser Budvar, Velkopopovicky Kozel, Gabrinus, Radegast, Staropramen, Kusovice, Starobrno, Bernard and Svijany. With most towns still having at least 1 brewery today, the most famous are located in Budweis, Plzen and Prague. Although back in the 12th and 13th centuries monasteries were the central breweries in the Czech Republic, today their are very few.
The Czech Republic is also known for their beer festivals. The two most popular are the Pilsner Fest and the Czech Beer Festival. Pilsner Fest is a 2 day event that features local music and bands. The Czech Beer Festival located in Prague, is the biggest festival held for 17 days every year in May. It features 70 different Czech beers that show the diversity in their signature brews.
I love that part of my job is researching all of these fun places and festivals because it just goes to show how many great travel opportunities we have out there. I would have never know that there was a beer festival in the Czech Republic to rival Oktoberfest in Germany. But this just goes to show the world is a wonderful place made for exploring.
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