Tweet By the time U Vodoucha opened I was already on the last leg of the work with my book and I had already closed to door to any new additions. I wasn't able to visit it, either, all the time I had available then was devoted to making the remaining photos of the places that would be included in the Guide. I still wanted to make it there, though, all the comments I'd heard about this new pub in Vinohrady had been very good and I promised my self that this would be the first place I would review after publishing the book. (a promise that I obviously didn't keep.
Let's start with the weaker side, the beer list. U Vodoucha has ten taps, more than half of them reserved for beers from K Brewery, the rest for micros from different parts of the country. So far, so good. However, with the exception of the excellent Majový Ležák from Dalešice (a polotmavé), all the beers that they were serving on both my visits were Pale Lagers of one Balling graduation or another. No dark beers, no wheat beers, not even Velen that lately has been in great shape. All the beers I tasted were really well served, yes, but I missed a bit of variety. Though, to be fair, since most of the taps are also rotating, it might be that I was unlucky both times.
Anyway, as I've said the other day, a pub its much more than the length or diversity of its beer list, there are a number of other factors that make a good pub, and fortunately, U Vodoucha hits the spot with all of them.
Černokostelecký Pivovar, one of those many places I am yet to visit that happens to have a very good reputation, and if you can eat there as well as here in Vinohrady, a visit might very well be worth it.
The dršťková polévka I had was superb, really tasty, well spiced, thick enough; the kind of food that makes you feel better about the world. If it had been a touch spicier, the Pivovarský Guláš would have been close to perfection. The menu said it was made with dark beer, and it could be felt, but very well integrated with the rest of the ingredients. The meat almost melted on my tongue. Even the knedlíky tasted like really home made and not something that had been bought at the nearest Tesco. They were firm, chewy, tasted fresh and wouldn't dissolve in the sauce, they absorbed it with gusto. I could have done without the raw peppers, but you don't have to eat those and my belly ended up very jolly.
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