Tweet It was only nine months ago that I first wrote about the "Tap Race", when I told you about my visit to U Prince Miroslava and their 13 draught beers.
Three months later, Zlý Časy would take the lead with 16 taps and it all seemed things were going to stay like that.
No, no way. A couple of months ago I heard that U Radnice, which after several name changes is now called Svět Piva had 18 taps. But with the experience of my last two visits still fresh in my mind, going to see them was not one of my priorities.
It didn't matter, because they weren't the leader anymore, and who wants to be friends with someone on the second place?. A couple of weeks ago, U Prince Miroslava installed a beautiful rack of 20 taps!
The guys in Žižkov, though, would not be discouraged, so they added three more taps, and that's it, they surely told themselves, we've got the longest one now, nobody can match us.
HA! HA! Laughed Hanz in Nusle while pouring the first pint from one the 8 new taps that started working this week. Elevating Zlý Časy's total to 24 and reclaiming the lead in this race. For how long? Who knows.
It's getting more and more difficult to choose.
Back to Žižkov. Curiosity got the best of me and so I went to U Radnice (can't bring myself to use the new name, which, who knows, might change again soon) and ended up pleasantly surprised. The LCD TV and all the Sparta Praha memorabilia had disappeared, the offer of bottled beers had widened, the service had improved (not by much, but at least I didn't feel like throwing an ashtray at anyone, besides, the waitress was pretty cute) and, most important, all the beers I tasted were in good condition (which doesn't mean I liked them all, the Stout from Velký Rybník was, frankly, crap). I was also surprised by their price policy. Usually a malé pivo (0.3l) will cost around 3/5 of a velké pivo (0.5l), not here though. There was a 5CZK difference between the two measures for all the beers, regardless of their price. Quite cunning now that I think of it. Because I didn't want to get pissed I did what many people usually do, buy small beers, which are proportionally more expensive.
Anyway, if you want to visit this place, better do it before it gets warmer outside. For what I've heard, the temperatures in cellar where they keep the kegs can get a bit too high in summer.
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