Czech beer is renowned world-wide
The 13th year of the Beer Festival in Humpolec (www.bernard.cz) will be held on 10 – 11 August 2007. As a part of the Festival, there will be a tour in the Bernard Brewery and an additional programme for small and courageous ones again this year. The main attraction is a program crammed with music, which will attract fans of good beer and high-quality entertainment to Humpolec (www.mesto-humpolec.cz).
During the second weekend in August (11 August 2007), Vrchlabí will host the Krkonoše Beer Festival (www.kpivnislavnosti.cz) for the tenth time. Ten breweries will participate in it, and visitors will vote in the beer referendum to decide which brewery produces the best beer. The programme starts in the morning and will end two hours after midnight. Even the Master of Krkonoše, Krakonoš, will show up at the ceremonial opening, and at the town square, booths with culinary specialties will be open and different bands will play throughout the day. Courageous women and men may participate in several contests with a beer theme – rolling beer barrels on a target, etc.
Traditional beer festival in the Chodovar Family Brewery (www.chodovar.cz) in Chodová Planá near Tachov will be held on 25 August 2007. Those who visit the brewery premises that day may try old Bohemian cuisine meals in the Ve Skále restaurant, which was built in the area of former rock cellars. After a good meal, you will welcome the opportunity to refresh your body and mind in the only beer spa in the Czech Republic. A non-traditional brewery tour and a cultural programme at the brewery yard will be an interesting experience as well.
The 50th year of the Hop Harvest Festival in Žatec (www.docesna.cz) promises magnificent celebrations of hops and beer. Czech beer is so exceptional thanks to the high-quality Žatec hops, the Festival reminds tens of thousands of visitors. On 31 August and 1 September 2007, you can try your skills in picking hops or dancing with a pitcher of beer on your head there. You didn’t manage? Maybe you will be better at sampling some of 40 kinds of beer from Czech, as well as foreign, breweries. The day will then go by fast; especially when there will always be something to watch on four stages. In addition to an elected king and queen of hops, German band Alphaville and the Czech music star Karel Gott will be the stars of the programme. There is no admission fee to the Festival on either day.
The Beer Festival in Jindřichův Hradec (www.jh.cz) will be held on 8 September 2007 and 8 breweries offering 30 kinds of beer will participate in it. This event will be accompanied by a programme with different kinds of music (brass band, country, big beat), contests for kids and adults, and a raffle. You can also enjoy a typical Southern Bohemian hog feast, grilled sausages and beer cheese. The admission fee is CZK 80 (EUR 2.8).
Every year, the Beer Fair in the Černá hora brewery (www.pivovarch.cz) near Blansko is visited by up to 15,000 visitors. On Saturday 29 September 2007 they will be greeted by a multi-genre music festival with a programme on three stages. The admission fee is CZK 90 (EUR 3.2).
Visit the Pilsner Fest in the beer capital
The beer celebration season will culminate in Pilsen, West Bohemian. It is where the world-wide beer legend was born in 1842 – the light lager named Pilsner Urquell. Though many European and world beers use the world “pilsner” in their name, only one is the original. This is the beer that was brewed by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll by the method of bottom fermentation, in the Pilsen brewery on 5 October 1842. Ever since, pilsner lager has attracted with its bright golden color, thick snow-white foam, and exceptional taste.
The Pilsner Fest (www.prazdroj.cz) is held in honor of the first brew of pilsner of beer. This year's celebration of the birthdays of Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus will be held on 3 – 7 October 2007. In addition to beer and cuisine, the cultural program will play an important part as well. Well-known Czech bands will take care of music, festival visitors can visit the Brewery Museum (www.beerworld.cz) to listen to author readings on business days, and there will be an interesting musical programme in selected restaurants as well. For the first time, the Festival will leave the brewery gates, and the brewery – stadium – Brewery Museum – town square route will become a living promenade with attractive stops that will frame the Pilsner Urquell Beer Olympics. The city of Pilsen (http://info.plzen-city.cz) is the co-organizer of this important event, and admission to all Pilsner Fest events is free.
Beer festivals will be organized in Vimperk (www.mestovimperk.cz) on 28 July 2007 and in Rokytnice nad Jizerou (www.rokytnice.com) on 20 – 22 July 2007 as well. A day full of entertainment and music finished with fireworks is waiting for you at Traditional Regent Beer Fest in the Bohemia Regent Brewery in Třeboň, on 28 July 2007 (www.pivovar-regent.cz).
Markéta Chaloupková Czech Tourist Authority – CzechTourism, PR Department Phone: +420 221 580 445 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.CzechTourism.com