Saint Augustine, Patron Saint of Brewers
The famous Charles bridge in Prague is lined statues of saints, including St. Augustine, patron saint of brewers. Beer is a very important staple in the Czeck republic, and many Czecks tout its health benefits. In a city where beer is cheaper than water, we wanted to investigate the inner workings of a local beer factory. We cut to the chase and immediately ventured on a day trip to The Pilsner Urquell Beer Factory in Plzeň.
WIlly Wonka-esque gates introduce us to the factory that was started in 1843. We signed up for a tour that included a detailed map, view of the facilities, a bus, history, and beer tasting. Our guide gave us comprehensive statistics on amounts of beer brewed per day ( which was a lot), and the beer making process.
Detailed map worthy of a Nerd Nite presentation
Inside the Pilsner Urquell Factory
bottles of beer
Abby in front of a selection of beers
Unique beer tasting of fresh, unfiltered beer
We encountered a trippy panoramic movie, mannequins demonstrating the old time beer process, and barrels exhibiting an array of grains and hops. We left with a greater understanding of the scope of history of this beer, and a Pilsner Urquell hat.