Three festivals showcase beer and cider

Prague's fans of alcoholic beverages are spoiled for choice this weekend

Prague's beer lovers have a full weekend. There are two beer festivals June 15 and 16. More than 130 kinds of beer will be presented at Prague Castle, and 50 microbreweries will be at Náplavka between Výton and Palackého most. And there is also a cider festival.

The annual Mini-Brewery Festival of at Prague Castle takes place in the Royal Garden of Prague Castle at the path under the Royal Summer Palace. Admission is Kč 500 at the gate and includes tasting glasses, a catalog and tastings.

The festival opens Friday at 2 pm and Saturday at noon. Both days it ends at 8 pm. The festival is organized by the Czech-Moravian Association of Mini-Breweries (ČMSMP).

Another beer festival is at Náplavka at Rašínovo nábřeží with over 70 stalls from 50 small breweries. Pivo na Náplavce is in its sixth year. Last year it saw some 10,000 visitors. There will be only Czech, Moravian and Silesian brewers.

The festival starts Friday at 2 pm and Saturday at 10 am, ending at 10 pm on both days. On Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, there is also the farmers market at Náplavka.

Entry to the beer festival is free if you want to just look around. To taste the beer, you have to get a 0.3-liter glass mug for Kč 100, which comes with a catalog, coaster and pen.

This year there will be a special festival beer called Vltavská čubička, an eight-degree beer with just 3.1 percent alcohol made by Pivovar Krušnohor from Kraslice in the Karlovy Vary region.

The festival also has a music program of Czech bands headlined on Friday by the Plastic People of the Universe and on Saturday by Orchidea.

On the other side of the Vltava river at Smíchovská Náplavka there is Slavnost Cideru 2018 from June 15 to June 17. On Friday it runs 2 pm to 10 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. There are afterparties on Friday and Saturday.

The festival will have ciders from both large and small makers. There will be over 100 types of cider from semi-sweet to dry.

“That French invention, colonized by the Brits, … known as cider, will be available in all its shapes, forms, colors and flavors, both from local manufacturers and corporate giants, concentrated in one place by the river, together with satisfied punters, choice delicacies, and brilliant musicians, supported by flocks of hungry long necks, courtesy of local scavenging swans,” the organizers state.

The Czech Republic leads the world in overall beer consumption at 138 liters per person, though this a drop from previous years. Young drinkers especially are branching out into different beverages such as ciders and cocktails, and also emphasizing quality over quantity.

For more information on the Mini-Brewery Festival at Prague Castle visit www.pivonahrad.cz or www.facebook.com/events/pivonahrad.

For more information on Pivo na Náplavce 2018 visit www.pivonanaplavce.cz or www.facebook.com/events/pivonanaplavce.

For more information on Slavnost Cideru visit www.slavnostcideru.cz/en or www.facebook.com/events/slavnostcideru.

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