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DoDAH
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PostPosted: 02-Oct-09 12:13  Reply with quote

I'm going to be visiting Prague next week and would love to find some interesting places to take in the local ambiance (pubs) and am wondering, do pubs serve only one type of beer or are there typically different types?

Is the order simply "Pivo" and you get what they have or would I be wise to "pick" from a menu? I enjoy most beers and generally don't mind being suprised, but if there's something to know ahead of time...well, that's why I'm here. Thanks for the tips.
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 10:26  Reply with quote

If you say "Pivo Prosím" they'll hand you something, it will be different in every bar I think, for me it's usually Starobrno or Gambrinus when I say that, but it's probably different in Prauge.
I don't know how they choose when you just say Pivo, maybe there's a house beer.

Budvar/ the original Budweiser is bland and I'm not big into it, plus it gives you a headache the next day almost without fail.
Plzen / Pilsner is more bitter, it's my favorite, and for me doesn't leave a hangover (other than the usually tummy ache resulting from my allergy/intolerance to yeast)

You can also order beer by the percentage.
10% = desítku (deh seet koo)
I forget how to say the other percents.


But I dunno, I'm sure the native Czechs will have more information.
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 11:15  Reply with quote

Čtyři Koruny: its 10° not 10% Wink
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 13:32  Reply with quote

Hee hee, thanks! You measure alcohol in degrees?
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 14:51  Reply with quote

I think in degrees we measure only pivo. The rest is in % of the alcohol volume.
Btw: I still laugh too since here in US they measure some alcohol by "proof" ... e.g. the Old Grand Dad bourbon can be 100 proof ... and this is not alcohol % foru sure either ... ha ha ha
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 14:56  Reply with quote

Oh and as far as I remember, the "in-house" beer will be a choice of popular brands (they come in barrells). Mostly it is Pilsner, Kozel, Gambrinus etc. - some houses have more kinds. Plus they also carry beer in bottles.

Czech beer is one of the bests worldwide = so ENJOY !!! (I should say the best one Wink )

When you say you enjoy most of beers be prepared for a BIG change. US beer to me does not taste like beer at all; it has that smell of hops in it (and malt, barley and who knows what else) and I cannot drink it (and even when I got plastered one time I could not drink it Rolling Eyes ). My son brought back some cans of Gambrinus from his overseas trip (this summer) and I offered them to some of my friends. And even friends, who do not drink beer, they enjoyed it a lot.

Pls note: traditional Czech pub is far different from US bar. It is not a meat grinder ... so no worries. In fact, I miss something like this over here Crying or Very sad.
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 15:41  Reply with quote

Dannae wrote:
I still laugh too since here in US they measure some alcohol by "proof"


Oh, I don't know. It's just as strange as "degrees" as a word for measuring alcohol by volume. 100 proof is 50% alcohol in the US by the way, and somewhat more in the UK. I don't know about the rest of Europe; if beer is 10 "degrees" how much alcohol is in it? In the US it would be 5%, in the UK, 5.7%.
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 19:07  Reply with quote

Ctyri koruny wrote:
Hee hee, thanks! You measure alcohol in degrees?

Well, the 10°, 12° or even 33° doesnt measure alcohol but percentage of some active(not sure even in czech) substances during production. Therefore if you pour shot of vodka to your 10° it won't make it 12°Wink
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 21:41  Reply with quote

The degrees were abandoned some years ago (in order to conform to the EU regulations, probably). Now beer must be mandatorily labelled with percentage of alcohol by volume and optionally with percentage of the extract of original (hopped) wort (= extrakt původní mladiny, EPM in Czech).

For example:

Pivo světlé výčepní 10% -- Obsah alkoholu: 3,8% obj.
Světlý ležák 12% -- Obsah alkoholu: 4,9% obj.
Tmavý speciál 14% -- Obsah alkoholu: 6,0% obj.
Polotmavý speciál 16% -- Obsah alkoholu: 7,5 % obj.
etc.

The percentage of alcohol by volume is mandatory. The percentage of EPM can be omitted.

obj. means by volume.
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PostPosted: 04-Oct-09 22:02  Reply with quote

Bibax and Kibicz, thank you! I was not sure what the degrees meant. I knew it represented something else than alcohol but ... my memory is fading Crying or Very sad.

At least EPM makes more sence than US/UK "proof" ... their units of measurement make to sence anyways at all Twisted Evil (all of them).
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