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... for the beer history (and other history) of Plzen.
After Michael had given us a great run down on the city, we headed off.
First stop was the Brewery for Pilsner
Urquell, one of two massive industrial facilities in Plzen, the other being the
Skoda factory that used to make weapons and now makes trains (some links to the
cars, but only in name - Mr Skoda started the factory, but never made a car).
... have to keep all those Czechs happy and make sure they don’t go thirsty! Pilsner Urquell has been brewed at this same brewery since 1842, and they say the Pilsen lager inspired more than 2/3 of the world’s pilsner labelled beers. Thank you Pilsen! The best part of the tour was at the end where we tasted unfiltered and non-pasteurised Pilsner Urquell beer tapped straight from the oak lager barrels. Ahhhhhhhh!
Time to leave Prague, Dieter would be outside the hotel near 11am. We had breakfast that the hotel served: toast, meat, cheese, tomatoes and coffee. From breakfast we finished packing then went out to the square to buy some chocolates, macaroons and a cappuccino. We met Dieter, threw our things into the back of the car and were off.
On the way Dieter suggested that we go to a summer palace in Pilsen and we agreed. When we got to Pilsen it was lunch time so of ...
... space seems to have some down and out drinking from a lemonade bottle which sure as hell ain't lemonade. And there are tattooed guys with dogs everywhere, the type that Hollywood would cast for Eastern European gangsters. This must be the throw back of living in the beer capital of the world. Complete generalisation I know, and as I write it I look around and no one of that description can be seen. I still stand by it. I took a bit more of ...
... the snow. From what we could gather, it was an ultra-marathon. Unlucky choice of day! The brewery is a huge complex and now very much set up for tours. The visitors centre was huge. We arrived just in time for an English tour. We werent allowed to take photos as we hadnt paid the extra fee but we snuck off a few anyway! At the end of the tour, we ended up in a dripping cellar to taste a glass of beer. And then it was back out into the daylight, where we found it had stopped snowing.