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Czech Republic is known for beer heaven, and its consumption is the highest in the world per capita. Beer Museum in Prague explains well about beer history such as the birthplace of beer and production process. Upon completion of the visit, visitors can taste four different local brewed beers.
When you type in Google search engine, “beer museum,” Google gives you three places: Prague Beer Museum, a pub, another Prague Beer Museum which is a restaurant, and Beer Museum, the actual museum. The pub and the museum are very close to each other, so do not get confused and go to the one it says “art museum” in the description. It is located at Husova 241/7, 110 00 Staré Město in Prague 1. It opens daily from 11 am to 8 pm, and the entrance fees are 285CZK for self-guided tour and tasting or 480CZK if you want a guided tour and to bottle your own beer.
The museum is not large; it has mainly two parts: history and cellar. When you enter the gate of the museum, there is a small courtyard with a few tall tables and chairs. Visitors can taste their beers (have to be 18 years old and up) there or stay in the cellar. The courtyard has tall trees and shady, so it would be really nice on a sunny warm days to sit there and enjoy your beers. When I visited, it was a chilly day, so I stayed in the cellar with an armless mannequin to accompany me.
According to the history information given, the first beer was born in Egypt and Mesopotamia in the 5th millennium BC. The first mention of beer in the Czech Republic was in 993 when a Czech Bishop started to brew beer in a Benedictine monastery. Since then, Czech beers have evolved into the present products. Now the Czechs are the world number one beer drinkers, drinking 142.4 liters per person (approximately a little less than 38 gallons) a year (in 2015 statistics). In 2011, the average monthly wage in Czech Republic was 23,144CZK and the beer 10.10CZK for a bottle beer. In 1960, the average wage was 1,303CZK and a bottled beer was 1.40CZK. In 50 years, the average wage increased by 17.8 times, but beer price actually decreased.
As soon as you enter the museum’s history part, you can smell something fermenting if you know what fermenting smells are; otherwise, it would be a very funny odor. In one of the rooms, you will see samples of malt (grain) and hops, the key ingredients of beer. This particular room smells like sweaty feet with a hint of cinnamon spice to them. You could watch a short video of how to crop hops and exporting beer ingredients to all over the world.
They also mention a long litigation between Amheuser-Bush and original Badwiser in Czech Republic. They taste nothing alike, but the brand names were the same. Czech’s Budweiser Budvar sued Amheuser-Bush in 1907 and went through a series of lawsuits in different parts of all over the world. Export of beers produced in Ceske Budejovice to the United States started in 1872-73 time range. Anheuser-Busch began producing beer in 1876 and trademarked Budweiser. Legal disputes held in many different countries. Now Amheuser-Bush is not allowed to sell its beer as Budweiser in Europe; they are Bud or Bush, and Budvar beers in the United States is called Czechvar.
The second part of the museum, the cellar is in a shallow cave, and you are greeted by a few manikins that are spooky...if you go there by yourself, be mind that you will be somewhat feeling scared when you encounter them in the chilly dark cellar. Yet, the overall experience I had there was great. I learned so much about beer and its history. Top and bottom fermented beer productions are interesting since I did not know anything about it. I would recommend to visit the museum and enjoy a tasting.