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On Prices and an Impulse Purchase

There I was the other day, approaching the stand Letající Chroust had at the farmers market in Jiřího z Poděbrad. I was in the kind of good mood you get after having five pints and a fun chat at the pub. My intention was to get some of their Světlý Ležák (Czechs believe that, since we have two legs, you shouldn’t drink in odd numbers and I’m in no position to defy popular wisdom). As the girl as the stand poured it (the beer was really solid, BTW), I noticed a bottle of Černé Cucu, a Barley Wine with black currant Letající Chroust brewed with Pivovar Zichovec, and told the girl that I wanted one.

My heart might have skipped half a beat when I was told the price, 180 CZK, but I was in the kind of good mood you get after having five pints and a fun chat at the pub and I took it. On the way home, however, I wondered whether that wasn’t too much of a 0.75l bottle of domestic beer?

I know I’ve been nagging a lot about prices lately, but I want to make clear that I have nothing against exp…

Train + Brewery + Bus + Brewery + Bus + 2Brewery = Great Day

When I was blogging for the Prague Post, I wrote a piece about microbreweries outside Prague that could be easily reached by public transport. It included Berounský Medvěd, Starokladenský Pivovar and Antoš Slaný, which, I suggested, could be all visited in one day, without having to travel back forth to Prague. I’d been wanting to do that trip ever since, I even planned it a few times, but, for some reason or another, I had to put it off; until the other day.

The family was away, I had been able to finish a couple of jobs ahead of schedule and I suddenly found myself with an entire day free! I opened idos.cz to check bus and train schedules, especially between the three towns, allowing also for a fourth brewery, Továrna, in Slaný. It was very doable; if I started early in Beroun, I could be having the last beer in Slaný by the mid-afternoon. I had a plan.

I took the S4 train leaving at 9:17 from Hlavní Nádraží. I thought of taking the express train to Pilsen that leaves a few minutes …