5 Sep 2008

Tight

August wasn't a very good month for me. I like my job very much, I love being free-lance and not having any bosses. However, it has a big disadvantage, when I don't work, I don't make any money. That is felt specially in summer, when people take holidays and work slows down, and even more so this year with the new financial obligations.

That is why August was a poor month from the beer point of view. I wasn't able to explore as much as I would have liked and a couple of expeditions had to be cancelled.

Fortunately, though, good beer wasn't missing. One of the highlights of the month was Javořický Sv. Ležák, from Pivovar Kozíček H. Dubenky. This is a very singular brewery. They only brew one 200l batch a week, half of which is sold to a pub in Jihlava, the other half, to whoever has ordered it first. Needless to say, they have a waiting list. Fortunately, the good people of Zlý Časy were able to get their hands on a barrel and brought it to Choose your preferred Prague and get free transport. It lasted as long as a fart in the wind, and I was lucky enough to have a couple of pints before they ran out of it. It is a typical kvasnicové in its looks, with a mild nose of peach, vanilla and citrus. The taste is more intense, and filled my mouth with apricot and milder vanilla notes, all wrapped in a short finish, dry and with a fantastic balance between flowers and herbs. Delicious.

Other highlights included again Stout and Kvasnicové 12° from Kocour Vandorf, who don't seem to get tired of coming out with very good beers; the always brilliant Světlý Ležák from Divovarský Dům and Kvasar 15° from Pivovar Sentice, a strong lager flavoured with honey, that can indeed be felt, but never makes it to overwhelm the rest of the beer, very well put together.

There were also the two very good beers of the brewpub at Rýmařov, but I'll be speaking about them in a few days, when I write my report of the trip we made there.

This month's winner, however, is humbler and I chose it not only because of its quality, but also to properly wrap up August, that was dedicated to session beers. Kácov 10°, as tapped on an almost regular basis at Zlý Časy. The perfect session beer, light in body and ABV, but with plenty of character and a surprisingly bitter that never tires you and always leaves you wanting for more.

Na Zdraví!

The count this time is a product of the kind of month I had, only 11 new beers, which brings the total to 243. September is already looking better, luckily.

5 comments:

  1. Zly Casy is quickly becoming one of my favourite pubs, not only do they have great beers - I wasn't as fortunate in trying the Javoricky Lezak however - but the atmosphere is good too.

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  2. It is one of my favourite places. Food is good, beer can be brilliant, staff is great (I made friends with them very quickly) the owner always asks me what I'm drinking and what I think of it when he sees me.
    Its a down at heel pivovarský Klub really.

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  3. That is indeed part of its charm - nothing like a proper Czech pub with properly made Czech beer and lacking the centre of Prague service "standards".

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  4. Hi Max.

    My wife and I went to Zly Casy, and managed to get our hands on some Vandorf stout. An excellent beer. We used some of your Plzen leads for our 2-night stay. We also managed to fit in a visit to the beer spa at Chodova Plana.

    Many thanks.

    Regards, Mark & Sarah

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  5. Mark,
    Im glad you had such a great time following my tips! Thanks a lot for the message, very appreciated.
    Best to you and your wife.

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