The socialistic period was not a very good time for beer in former Czechoslovakia. Even though the consumption was quite high, the quality and selection were rather low. Everything changed after the Velvet Revolution when the first microbreweries were founded. The oldest of them, Pivovarský dvůr Chýně, started as early as autumn 1992. The premises are part of a former farm used for cattle and horse breeding. The farm was previously owned by the Premonstratensians.
What do they brew?
You can taste several types of beer from Chýně these days, including:
- Czech light lager – classic light Czech lager brewed with hops from Žatec.
- There’s also half dark special lager, twhich is growing in popularity.
- Wheat beer – this upper-fermented beer has been brewed since 2007.
- In 2011, IPAs, other ales and some stouts were added to the brewing portfolio.
Where can you get it?
In the beginning beer from Chýně was available only in the microbrewery, but as demand for various beers from neighboring breweries grew in and around Prague, it became available in many bars, pubs and restaurants. Here are a few places you can find them:
- Pivní Klub 300 near Letná park
- U prince Miroslava, in Smíchov
- Legendary Hospoda Na Slamníku near Stromovka park
Directly to the source
If you have a sense of adventure, why not visit the microbrewery itself. Just take a bus from Bílá Hora (347), or Zličín (347 or 358). It takes 25 minutes from Bílá Hora, or 10 minutes from Zličín to get to Chýně. And since Chýně is very close to the airport, Pivovarský Dvůr might be a great idea for a farewell meal before a flight. Or, it can be a nice welcome for your friends on their visit to Prague. There is also a cycle track leading from Prague to Chýně, but I would carefully consider this option before hopping on the bike.
The brewery is located inside a huge restaurant where you can sit and enjoy your drink while watching the brewing process in the copper boiling vats. The menu is Czech-cuisine-centric (the roast pork ribs with horseradish are one reason to think about canonizing the chef), but there are non-traditional options as well.
When we talk about beer and breweries it’s easy to think mainly about drinking. But can you imagine bathing in beer? No, it is not a joke. You can visit a beer spa in the Chýně brewery. The results of scientific research prove there are positive health effects from beer “therapy.” In fact, local Czech cosmetics brand Manufaktura sells a line of beer beauty products.
I, however, still prefer beer for drinking and water for bathing. Not vice versa.