Getting Pilsner from the source

Trip Start May 23, 2013
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Trip End Oct 12, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, August 18, 2013

With the plan for the day simply to drink Pilsner, our Sunday was definitely a relaxing one. With a warm day ahead, we caught the tram into town and wandered the historical centre, before stopping in at the Brewery Museum and Historical Underground Cellars.

Treated to a free beer at the pub after touring the Museum, we enjoyed an 'unfiltered' Pilsner Urquell and a Czech favourite Bramboracky (deep fried potato pancake) before the tour of the underground, which we were both looking forward to. Safety helmets on, we entered the tunnels with our guide and group of 6 others, interested in what the 3 levels of cellars would reveal.

Most of the towns activities are connected to beer and beer production and the 14km of winding tunnels are no exception. Constructed over a 400 year period during the middle-ages, the cellars we used initially as food and beer storage, but as the cellars become connected through tunnels, they were also used as hide-outs during times of conflict.

Winding their way around wells and waste pits, we discovered pottery and artefacts from the people of the towns past, preserved catapult shots and the water tower wheel - reconstructed to a pattern found in the 1800’s.

After 50 minutes of wandering through the 10 degree low and windy tunnels, we were back in the warmth above ground and headed to a local beer garden for lunch. With another delicious pilsner to accompany it, we enjoyed burger and sausage, before walking down to the Urquell Brewery, for another complimentary beer, this one the free-be from the underground tour.

With little more to do than wander back into the town centre, taking in the sights of the gardens along the way, and stop for another beer, we enjoyed the last of the afternoon sunshine, before heading back to the camper.

Doing a quick tally of our spendings for the day, we worked out lunch cost us 12 Euro, meaning our whole day of drinking and entertainment came to maybe less than 25 Euro total – our budget likes it here! Deciding that just one more beer at the campsite was in order, I sat down to enjoy another ‘unfiltered’ something and Jase, giving into his urge for a quick laugh, ordered a Duff (just like Homer Simpson drinks) – apparently brewed in Germany.

Beer drinking day in the sun over, we headed back to Larz for dinner and both stuffed full of food and hoppy goodness, headed to bed not long after.
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Grandpop on

Hi folks, Boy are you having a wonderful time. I fear that you will not find it easy to settle down when it all comes to a halt. Go well, Love you both, Grandpop

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