The Žižkov festival will present beers which are basically unknown in Prague as they are produced by small breweries. These are becoming increasingly popular as they brew faithful Czech beer without “globalizing” additives. You can also vote for the beer you like best.
Podskalská koza beer for sure
Podskalská koza beer will certainly be familiar to anyone who visited the secondary school trade fair Schola Pragensis, where this beer was on offer. It is brewed in a limited quantity of 50 litres at the Secondary School of Food Technology in Podskalská street. Many excellent brewers have come from this school, often going on to work for small breweries. Besides this enterprise another two small Prague breweries will be represented - Novoměstský brewery and Strahov Monastery brewery.
Incidentally, the Podskalská school brewery got into the record books when it managed to produce the strongest beer in the Czech Republic, a so-called 38o brew named Podskalská pusinka (Podskalská Kiss).
Homebrewing? Try it!
The beer festival includes a fair in Jiřího z Poděbrad square. Besides beer mats, beer mugs and other products typical of beer culture you can get advice from collectors about any items you may have at home, such as old beer bottles. The fair will also offer raw ingredients for homebrewing – malt, hops and yeast. You can also get some tips on how to brew beer at home.
Surprises on the menu
Good food goes well with good beer. Most of the small breweries are also preparing some kind of surprise, e.g. freshly-fried potato crisps etc. As the organisers of the festival also organise the farmers’ markets in Jiřího z Poděbrad square and Rašínovo Nábřeží, the quality of the food can certainly be assured.
Programme for adults
The cultural programme offers live music from groups such as Hudba Praha, Vltava and Blue Effect. The musical programme will be in regular two-hour blocks interspersed with informative talks and fun competitions. Members of the Sdružení přátel piva (SPP – Friends of Beer Association) will explain the basics of pulling a pint, tasting beer, differences between types of beer, marking the strength etc. The independent consumer experts of První pivní extraliga (Beer Premier League) will focus more on entertainment.
Apart from making use of the nearby playground there will also be a children’s stage where presenters will lead a programme for younger visitors. For young car-lovers there will also be an exhibition of several real veteran cars.