Fil ( @Motelpogo ) and me had a conversation yesterday about how it would be great to organize a RBESG this year in Czech Republic. Easy to get to, cheap AND full of great beer - not just lagers. As some know, he’s been running one of Czechia’s top micros - Pivovar Raven in Plzeň, where we’d have the grand tasting.
18.7. (Thursday) - tasting at, maybe, BeerGeek Bar for early birds.
19.7. (Friday) - Tour de Prague, likely by Marko - breweries, pubs, the whole shebang. We will post more details about this likely in July, once everything is arranged.
20.7. (Saturday) - Nepomuk Beer Festival (http://pivo.nepomuk.cz/) - cool historical little town 30 minutes by train from Plzeň, a ton of Czech beers to try etc. We’ll also get a tour of the new brewery, Zlata Krava, in Nepomuk. It’s around the corner from the festival. The last train to Pilsen gets in at 10pm, so there will still be time to visit a couple of places downtown. All the local breweries will be at the festival but it won’t be hard to find a few other beers to try, or some fresh Pilsner for weary palates.
21.7. (Sunday) - Grand tasting at Pivovar Raven. Usually 7 beers on tap, so you can try them in between tasting all the other bottles. Likely starting at 12:00. Lunch and dinner at the brewery likely. End at 21:00 (9pm).
22.7. (Monday) - maybe a tour of the Pilsner Urquell brewery. A private tour should be doable as long as Fil can tell them the time and numbers well in advance.
Prague-Plzeň is a pleasant 1h train ride, costing a little over 8 Euros for a return ticket, Plzeň-Nepomuk is 4 Euros roughly too for a return ticket. Food would be organized for Fri-Sun I guess (and we’d ask in advance for info if anyone’s allergic to something).
There’s a possibility to do it Plzeň-only, should the majority wish that I guess, plenty of breweries to visit in and around it.
We are hoping to repeat 2008. - one of my favorite beer events ever.