2 Aug 2010

And here it is!

Those who follow this blog or have met me in person already know very well that Zlý Časy is my favourite pub, bar none. And it seems I'm not the only one, the place is packed almost every evening.

Its success is not only thanks to the 24 taps, all rotating, all with beers from regional and micros both domestic and imported, but also to the condition they are kept, their variety (the other day there were 5 wheat beers, 4 smoked, 2 ales, one German keller, etc.) and to the fact that the place has never lost the atmosphere of a neighbourhood hospoda. Every time I go I meet someone or start a chat with someone new, sometimes they are people who, overwhelmed by the choice seek the advice of those who sit at the bar.

None of this would be possible without the energy and the healthy bit of madness of Hanz, the owner. Hanz is someone knowledgeable and passionate about beer and also hard working, ambitious, open-minded and above all, a top bloke whom I consider a friend.
Not satisfied with having the place to go for a pint in Prague, he decided he would open the shop to go to buy bottled beer in Prague (and maybe even in the whole country). Motivated by the success he had with those American, etc. beers he imported earlier this year, he began to look for a good place to set up a "pivoteka". The plan was simple, to have the biggest assortment of beers from as many countries as possible. For that, he needed an appropriate premises, preferably, near the pub so he could use the cold storage he rents fromt a neighbouring butcher's. He was lucky, late last Spring a small shop right next door became available.
Some of Pivoteka Zlý Časy is still a work in progress, the decoration isn't finished yet, it needs a proper sign on the street, etc. But the most important thing, the beers, is already there. For the moment, there are 300 varieties to choose from that include names like De Molen, Dupont, Schlenkerla, Mikkeller, Anchor and the domestic Kocour, Tambor and Matuška among many, many more. Prices are a bit lower than at the pub for those beers that are available at both places. Visitors who won't know what to choose don't have reason to worry, the girl that works there who, besides being really friendly, has tasted many of the beers she sells and will be more than happy to help you make up your mind. Plans for the future also include an e-shop, delivery service and credit cards.
It seems amazing that not even a year and a half ago I was ranting at the lack of quality imported beers. Now, thanks to Hanz and his vision, I have nothing to complain anymore.

Na Zdraví!

Pivotéka Zlý Časy
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9 comments:

  1. This is great news! I stopped going to pivni galerie and pivovarsky klub because of outrageous prices and a never changing selection. This man respects beer, think ill make a stop on my way home ;)

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  2. This is great :) Any chance it has a 12º Březňák?

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  3. Zly Casy is a little Gold Mine. Reminds me a Lot of My Local, " The Fat Cat ". The " Sheffield Tap ", has a big Collection of Bottled Beers, draws people from all over the Country. Me think,s Hanz is on to a Winner Here.

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  4. Marek, no such luck, but you'll find a lot of stuff that you'll never see at any supermarket, Chotěboř comes to mind.

    Terry, I think you are right, once he gets the e-shop going and works out a few details, this shop can be very successful, and you know what? He deserves it.

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  5. Do they plan to ship beers to these northern shores? - In that case let me test it out....

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  6. I see on Tuesday there was a mass on Mount Snezka. For the Patron Saint of Brewers, ST Lawrence. I will Drink a toast to Him.

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  7. Finally checked this place out yesterday. Prices aren't "outrageous" but nor are they "grocery store". Neat for a treat, probably won't be stopping by regularly though. I get that the business model probably wouldn't work without the mark-up, but just can't bring myself to buy lahvace for nearly tap prices. Same reason I rarely buy Bernard or Primator's special specials at the store.

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  8. I guess I know where I have to go next time in Prague.

    I also hope that the grumpy waiter I met at the pub on my last visit is not on duty.

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