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Places I’d like to be – Hotel Purkmistr, Pilsen for the third Sun beer festival

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Purkmistr - one of the Czech Republic's new wave of breweries

On the outskirts of Pilsen in the Czech Republic is the Hotel Purkmistr, where a brewery opened in 2007. On a visit last weekend it was a marvel to try their beers. The range includes an unfiltered pale lager, a cherry beer and an interesting Cappuccino flavoured beer.

The hotel's bar is large, spacious and dominated by two copper kettles,

The restaurant food is particularly good with many Czech speciality dishes on the menu. In the English translation one is described as “breast of a brewery shepherdess”. It comprised chicken, cranberries and blue cheese. Now using the word “breast” is as guaranteed to make an Englishman laugh as the word “bottom”. “No that is no mistranslation” said our host – Jan Mlcak from, Czech Tourism and revealing a Rabelaisian streak he said, “In the Czech menu we use the word “tits”. And the dish will look like its description.” So guess where the cranberries will go?

However, I would love to be back there on 18 September as it is to host what Czech beer expert Evan Rail http://www.facebook.com/evanrail, tells me is the best beer festival in the Czech Republic.

There is plenty of space in the garden

More than 140 beers, many from the new wave of Czech brewing will be there as will the innovative Scottish brewer Brew Dog. But interestingly, perhaps the sleeping giant of German brewing could be waking up, as several brewers from the Bamberg area will be making the trip across the border.

For years most of Germany’s brewing industry has been an enigma – for a country with more than 1,000 breweries it is deeply conservative. Yes there are some marvellous regional specialities – Raunchier, alt, the bitter sweet brews from Berlin. But while brewers in America, Italy, Denmark, the UK and now the Czech Republic (just to name some of the countries involved) have embarked on a journey to push beer to new heights. German breweries have stuck with what they know best. Undoubtedly good, but sometimes one yearns for something more – something which assails and caresses the taste buds. Evan tells me that increasingly brewers from Czech Republic and Germany are beginning to swap ideas and develop new brews.

Petr Mic, in front of the brewery's four open fermenters, he says "Euro-Beer tastes all the same"- he wants to do something different.

Sadly I cannot make the 18 September, but next year’s event takes place on 17 September. I might just write it in my diary now.

Hotel Purkmistr, Selská náves 21/2,326 00 Plzeň – Černice

http://www.purkmistr.cz/

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Written by timhampson

September 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

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  1. This sounds like a great festival, for sure. I might make a gap in my diary for next year as well…

    markdredge

    September 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  2. At this rate of progress Mark, you will be coming a Czech resident! The festival does sound very good – but I’d be especially interested in finding out about German festivals where there are new creative brewers.

    timhampson

    September 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

  3. I certainly will make a date in my diary for this event as well, I for one cannot wait to go back.

    ATJ

    September 5, 2010 at 8:16 am

  4. I agree about finding German festivals of a similar nature… any ideas?

    Maybe we should arrange the trip to Purkmistr and plan in another night in Prague first to try a few different places. It’s so cheap to get to, stay and eat/drink that it’s great!

    markdredge

    September 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm


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