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I've been quite busy lately, so all the great topics I have in the pipeline will have to wait a bit longer, but I still wanted to share with you some of the things that I've been doing.

I was with my family in Český Kumlov last weekend. I don't think I need to tell you what a great town Krumlov is, on the other hand, I believe the prices are worth mentioning. We sat for a drink and dinner by the river, almost below the castle's beautiful tower and while we were watching the rafters go by we drank at one place Bernard and at another Regent Černý and we also had lunch on the terrace the Café of the Municipal Theatre, which has one of the most beautiful views of Prague. At all places, the food was pretty good, the service was very friendly and the beers (always in good condition) were always around 35CZK a pint. Great value, but not nearly as much as the 29CZK I paid for a pint of Eggernberg Nakouřený Švihák at a kiosk right within the Castle's grounds! And it was really nice, too! Not as nice, though, as when I drank it na stojáka at the brewery's pub while chatting with the štamgasty (by the way, Eggenberg's smoke beer is in great shape this year).

Last Wednesday I was in Beroun. This was actually a "business trip", but I still had a great time. Berounský Medvěd is a unique brewpub, located in the facilities of a scrap yard. I chatted a bit with the owners and the Brew Master, nice people all of them. Their beers (brewed in a kit built with scrap metal that is wood-fired) are very, very good. Grizzly, a Czech Porter, is one of those beers I would love to drink every winter day of my life. But the top price goes to their Cyklopivo, an osmíčka, meaning an 8º Balling (pale) lager, that is tastier and more flavourful than many beers with twice the ABV I know. A truly wonderful brew.

The most important news of the week, however, is that, after many people have asked for it, the best pub guide of Prague (sod modesty) is now available at Pivkupectví, the bottle shop of Zlý Časy, where 25 copies arrived yesterday. Hurry up, they might not be there for long.

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