"U Fleku" (Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 50° 04.729 E 014° 25.026
33U E 458293 N 5547556
Quick Description: The famous "U Fleku" Brewery & Restaurant in the Prague's New Town has brewed beer since as early as 1499, so it is the oldest world's working beerpub. Today you can vist here not only brewery, but also great beer restaurant and beer museum...
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 3:13:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM72K6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Scooter Bill
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Long Description:

Czech lands are not only original homeland of two great beers which are copied and brewed abroad - Pilsner Urquel (from Pilsen) and Budweiser (from Ceské Budejovice) but among large breweries you can find here lot of traditional small producers of special beers, often coupled with one beer restaurant... The following one is one from them. The Brewery and Restaurant "U Fleku" in the historic centre of Prague is unique among microbreweries in Czech Republic mostly because of its historical tradition. The year 1499, when Vít Skremenec bought an ancient house with right to brew up, is considered to be the foundation year of the brewery.

Since 1921, the brewery with restaurant was a property of the Brtník family, up to the nationalization in 1949. Only at the beginning of 1990s, the restaurants and the brewery were returned to the family.

The place is divided up to several beer halls with original names: Staroceská (Old Czech), Velký sál (Large Saloon), Kufr (Trunk), Akademie (Academy), Rytírský sál zvaný Emauzy (Knightly saloon called Emauzy), Jitrnice (Sausage), Václavka a Chmelnice – residence of Flek cabaret. Each of the halls has its rich history and boasts with unique decoration from significant Czech artists who belong to residents of the restaurant. The pride of the company is the brewery and historical brew house from beginning of the century, cooling stocks and fermenting tubs in fermenting cellar made of oak wood based on old patterns. Today’s design of the brewery is the result of reconstruction in 1986 that set the brewery as modern but unique historical business. At the occasion of 500th anniversary of the brewery foundation, the brewing museum was opened in former malt-house, where you can see expositions of old brewing machines, tools and dishes.

The special "Flekovský" strong dark 13° lager is produced from water, Bohemian hops, four types of barley malt only and beer yeasts. No chemistry, no preservatives, no artifical colours - only power of nature...

Name of Source Book: 1000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List

Page Location in Source Book: 295-296

Type of Waymark: Site and Experience

Location of Coordinates: Entrance

Cost of Admission (Parks, Museums, etc.): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

List Available Hours, Dates, Season:
365 days in year; from 10:00 to 24:00

Official Tourism Website: [Web Link]

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