Tweet As soon as I knew I would have most of last Thursday free I decided to make a trip I'd been owing myself for some time. The weather that day turned out to be on the wrong side of crap, but it didn't matter, I was planning to do something like I had done in Únětice. My goal this time was Pivovar Antoš, in Slaný.
Since this brewpub had opened in February, I had heard nothing but good comments, about the place, its food and, above all, its beers. I was very glad that I was finally going to be able to make the pilgrimage there.
It's very easy to get to Slaný. There are regular buses that leave from Dejvická (the stop is in front of Hotel Diplomat) and the trip takes a bit more than half an hour. I took the bus leaving at 10, which left me at the town's bus station. According to the map I had consulted, I had to go around the church I was able to see from were I was standing and then walk about 200m to the brewery. Since the place didn't open until 11 I went for a short walk around Slaný's centre. It turned out to be prettier than I had expected. It's true that some of the buildings look a bit run down, but in that day's weather, that added a bit of charm.
I got to the restaurant right when it was opening its doors. It is very nice inside. It's located on a corner, in a building that was originally built in the 13th century, but its current looks date from the 18th, if I remember well. It's divided into several rooms on three levels. What used to be the courtyard now has a glass ceiling below which are the mash tun and kettle. The effect is quite impressive, with the natural light shining on the copper plating of the kit.
But it wasn't the food what had brought me there, it was the house's beers and they didn't disappoint. The desítka was fantastic. It's incredible what a skilled Brewmaster is able to do with something as simple was a 10º Balling pale lager. It smelled like walking in a field of ripe wheat while holding a bunch of wild flowers and it tasted like perfection that has been cold fermented and sufficiently lagered. To me, one of the best in its category, no doubt, up there with Kout's or Chýně's.
my favourite beer.
Really, if you are in Prague get the bus to Slaný. A visit to Pivovar Antoš is well worth the trip, you won't regret it and you'll sure thank me for the tip later.
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