Spend a little time outside capital city Prague, and you will quickly discover the Czechs' love of beer. The vast countryside is covered with hop-growing contraptions and monstrous signs advertising the national brews.
After touring the country for a week, we head back to Prague for some final sightseeing, but high temps have us ducking into cafes and bars for refreshments and AC. After braving the crowds and the heat at Prague Castle, we decide a cold beer is just the ticket.
We cross back over the Charles Bridge and make our way down a side street to U Tri Ruzi, a brewery we had spotted earlier in the day. The lunch crowd is thinning out, but we are welcomed to sit at the bar and sample the five brews on tap, ranging from light to dark.
We savor the inexpensive, cold quarter-pint pours, but when we get to the last of the samples... we know we need to stay for a full pint of this delicious brew. They call this monastic brew "the real judge of beers," and it's like no beer I've ever tasted. I don't claim to be a beer connoisseur, but I'm starting to wonder how much a growler weighs, and how much extra space I have in my backpack?? These monks know what they are doing!
The brewery is open daily and is also home to a restaurant specializing in Czech cuisine. Tours are also available.