So I went to Hlavní Nadraží and took the fast train leaving at 11:16AM. A bit more than half an hour later, I was in Beroun. I walked out of the station and turned left, my good mood started to improve when I saw the sign leading to the brewery as I was getting close to the bridge. Like the fist time I went, I couldn't help but smile when I walked under the bridge and got close to the entrance of the place where Berounský Medvěd is. Walking into a salvage yard to have a beer must be one of the most bizarre things one can imagine. But there it is, among twisted pieces of metal, old tanks and car parts, the only building that does not look like the stage of a horror film.
Between the soup and main course the golden lager went down quickly and was followed by a tmavé 13°. This dark beer didn't impress me much. It is very good looking, very very dark and very very cloudy, with a creamy slightly tanned head. I could feel some cocoa and fruit on the nose. When drinking it, however, it is a bit boring, the cocoa flavour is not strong enough and the fruit is there in the back, like shy. With more intense flavours, this could be a wonderful beer, unfortunately, it is only potential.
She was very nice and invited me to her office, where she gave me her card and some brochures while she told me a bit about the history of the place. When we walked out I asked her if I could have a look at the várna, the brewery proper. She took me there and introduced me to the brew master. A very friendly young man who very enthusiastically showed me around, telling me about every step of the brewing process, and even allowing me to peep into one of the kettles. What surprised me the most was that the wort is cooked using wood, being this one of the only two breweries in the Czech Rep. that still use this method (the other is Dětenice). I don't think this has much of an effect on the finished product, but makes this brewery something a bit more artisan like. As farewell, he gave me a PET bottle freshly filled with the 11° right from the lagering cellar. I got to the station right on time to take the train back to Prague with an ear to ear smile that would last me for the rest of the day.
For those visiting Prague and also for those living here, going to Pivovar Berounský Medvěd is a great alternative for a day trip. It can be easily combined with a visit to Karlštejn, since one of the trains that go to Beroun has a stop there; or it can also be part of a lovely bicycle ride by the Berounka river. On Both cases, the trip is lovely and really worth it, more so if it can be capped with some really good beer.
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