We’ve been looking forward to this evening so much! Planned so many months in advance, we were seeing it as the highlight of our trip, and we are still seeing it as that afterwards! We went on an Urban Adventures tour of Czech Beer and Tapas, taking us to four destinations to try out different types of beer and Czech food, with a small sized group of 7 people.
Urban Adventures is an Australian company, offering different kinds of tours in so many countries and cities, but today was our first with them, and we’ll be definitely looking out for them when travelling from now on. Our fantastic tour guide, Martin, took us to places of his choice, in the not so typical tourist traps of the city centre, but instead the hidden gems which he personally thinks are the best places to find the best Czech beer.
Not only did we find out about beer and food, but his knowledge of Prague and the history of Czech Republic was amazing! We learnt a lot from this evening, picked up tips on how to spend our remaining time here, and where to find the best food.
We started the tour with the phenomenal fact that Czech Republic is the biggest beer drinking nation in the world. On average 146 litres is drank per person per year, and that’s taking into account the children and those who simply prefer something else to drink. That equates to a staggering 2 large glasses per day.
Taking the metro to our first destination, I, James chose the Sadel beer. It is unique to the pub we were at, made at a local micro brewery. Jessica found a new love for wheat beer here, which she had again at our next destination. To all the Brits wondering, the beers are poured purposely with a large head of foam here in Czech Republic. They believe plenty of foam means that the beer is fresh, thick and creamy.
The tapas we had at the first stop was Bucek (pork belly), with horseradish, mustards and Czech bread. We have learnt that the Czech bread here is very different to elsewhere, and most similar to rye bread in terms of density. The French hate it apparently!
On to our next stop where I went for a local IPA beer, and Jessica chose an amber ale. You may or may not know that Jessica is an extremely quick drinker, so actually was able to have a second round at this stop. She had this one and another wheat beer by the time I’d finished my first! Although it did mean she was feeling slightly tipsy by only half way through the tour!
The food we had her was utopewec (the sausage), and onions and kebab chillies. These were so tasty and we both couldn’t help but keep going back for more! We also had this Czech toasted bread with a delicious garlic and cheese spread.
On to our third stop, and proof that we were feeling it by this point is that we don’t have pictures of the beer! But luckily, we do remember what they were. One was a chocolate beer, which actually tasted more like coffee and had a very dark, stout like look to it. I went for the Albrecht, a classic light larger. By this point we were challenged to order our drinks in Czech, which in most cases is harder than you think! We’re still having trouble pronouncing ‘thank you’ – so we don’t have chance with much else!
To go alongside these beers was hermilin (a camembert and brie like cheese), with red onions and tomato. It was so delicious with another serving of Czech bread, and gave us an opportunity to soak up some of the alcohol ahead of our final stop!
Here we all had a Pilsner Urquell, perhaps the most famous and globally exported Czech beer. We were in the pub where this beer was first sold. Alongside this classic beer was this delicious pancake come doughnut dessert with fresh cream, which we have to say was our favourite food on the tour!
Not only was it great to experience the beer and tapas, but also to meet our fellow members who joined us. There were couples from New York, Singapore, and a lady from Peru who having previously worked for Urban Adventures there, is now looking to continue doing the job in her new home of Prague, having met her Czech husband on one of her tours!
Having told them about our blogs and vlogs, they are now going to featuring on our Prague vlog! So check out that when it goes live in a week or so!
Thank you so much to Urban Adventures and our amazing guide, Martin, for today! We had a brilliant time and couldn’t recommend doing this more.
Loving the sound of this tour? Why not book yourselves to Prague and treat yourself to this tour. Check out more on their website.
Disclaimer: we were given discounted price to the Urban Adventures tour in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.
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