Tweet Once again, I was fortunate to get invited to the press conference of the Český Pivní Festival (Czech Beer Festival) that was held yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel Prague.
There's not much to comment about the conference, only that the food that was served afterwards was really good and that, because of the weather, we had to eat it at the hotel's Lobby bar (which has the atmosphere of a bus stop), but there is plenty of news about the event itself.
The bad news first: The price of the tolar has been raised to 44CZK (from 40CZK of the previous two editions). For those who have just arrived, the tolar is a proper coin and it's the only thing that can be used to buy drinks, food and souvenirs. I like the system, won't comment on the price.
The dates: 12-28 May. Place: PVA Letňany (a couple of hundred metres from the namesake metro station). I still don't like the venue, but I guess that there aren't better options for an event of this scale.
Tuplák: For the first time, beer will be sold in 1l mugs (o tupláky, as they are known here). If I understood well, the classic half litre glasses will still be available, but only at the taps. According to the organisers, this is to speed up service. I don't quite get how, but either way, I'm not too happy with this. I don't like drinking in 1l measures, and I don't see the reason why I should queue to get a beer in a measure that is traditional here.
One more tent: There will be another giant tent this year, run by the Švejk restaurant chain. The "geek tent" is back, and just like last year, it will focus on specialties from Czech and foreign micros and there will also be a couple of themed evenings. Sunday 15/5 will be dedicated to American beers, 22/5 to English brews. Prices here will be higher, of course.
More beers: 120 in total will flow from the God knows how many taps, they said. Of the macros, only Urquell and only at the Švejk tent.
Hours: Opening hours have been extended, every day from 12-24 (last year, things started at 15 during the week). This is responding to the requests from tourist agencies, from whom they are expecting at least 10,000 reservations.
Reservations: Groups and individuals can book places, but this will cost them, 12 tolars and 50CZK per spot.
On Tour: This year, the festival will be presented in Frankfurt, Berlin, each with a tent for about 1000 people, and in Moscow in a scale similar to Prague's. They are also negotiating the possibility of organising it in other destinations. (these people aren't fools).
I hope the weather will be better than last year. I still have two tolars left and I got five more yesterday (the perks of being a journalist). If anyone happens to be around, we might catch up.
Oh! And one more thing. If you are planning to come to Prague for the festival and don't know what to do during the rest of your stay, there is a pretty fine book you can buy titled "Prague: A Pisshead's Guide", and it's available both in print and in pdf. Strongly recommended, and not only because I've written it.
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