Klášterní pivovar Strahov
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
3.31/5 rDev -18.1%
OK, some quick notes:
- The beer is not brewed by monks, just so you know. It's associated, but it's just a small, modern brewpub.
- You can take the tram up the hill and get off just after the castle to get there. The 22, and I think perhaps the 26 as well. The ride itself is worth it as it winds up the hill and can be entertaining. Buy your tickets at any Tabak shop. You can just get on without a ticket but if you get caught it's a large fine, not that I ever saw anyone checking.
- For your trip back you should walk down the street and steps past the castle overlooking the city. That's also worth the effort. The view is great on a clear day, and there are a lot of interesting shops on along the way. It's at least a small change from the tourist trap that old towne Prague is.
- The picture shown is not the brewery. When you enter the gate there's a path that leads to a restaurant on the right, the cloister in front of you, and the brewery is on the left just about 40 yards in.
- In the summer there's a small biergarten, and the restaurant should be open. But if you want to eat during the winter you'll need to make reservations as the brewery/bar only seats 40.
- Most of the staff do not speak English; or at least not that well.
- Service in Europe is generally abrupt. Do not expect smiles and hellos, simply have your order ready and make it clear and quick.
- Please do no tip unless the service was exceptional, especially at the bar! They may enjoy the money, but they certainly don't expect it. You may be laughed at behind your back, and if not you're still perpetuating the "stupid American with too much money" stereotype. That said...
It's a charming place with a biergarten (100 seats), a brewery/bar area (40 seats - smoking allowed), and a restaurant with 2 floors (220 seats).
The brewhouse is very small, somewhere around 7 U.S. bbls. Still, they're able to keep the beer flowing. IPA, dark lager, and amber lager are year-round, and you'll probably find two seasonals available. They're priced reasonably with a small .25L mug at about 35 Koruna ($1.75), and a larger .4L at 59 - 64 K (~$2.95-$3.15) depending on the beer. Being in Prague, I thought it was some of the best beer I had. On a more American scale I would rate it as if it had come from a "very good" brewpub.
The food is fairly basic Czech, and somewhat limited, although I can say that it's much better that what I'd had at some other places in Prague (and you will pay slightly more). Starters are in the 59 to 139 Kč range ($2.90-6.90) and include venison pate, sausages, and cheese and meat plates. Soup, of course is Beef Broth w/ Liverballs, Onion, or Goulash at 49 to 75 Kč ($2.40-3.80) and are your best choice financially - do not spring for the Goulash in a loaf of bread, it's not worth the extra $1.75. Main courses with meat or fish are roughly around 200 Kč ($10.00), so overall it's not that expensive.
It may look far on a map, but it's really not, and I think the trip to-and-from is worth making regardless of a visit to the brewery. Try to find time.
01-09-2014 14:52:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.54/5 rDev -12.4%
A short (10 min or so walk from Prague Castle/St Vitus Cathedral ...which is awesome BTW). When you get to the monastery the main things are the library, the gardens, and this monastic-related brewpub. I admit I didn't make it to the library or the garden, but had a lovely time sipping suds and enjoying a salad here on the outdoor patio. The interior was also attractive with ample seating and copper brewing vessels brewing on the day we visited. The beers were an IPA with Amarillo and Cascade, a hefe weizen, a summer red with Mosaic and an experimental hop, an amber-marzen,and an unfiltered Munich dunkel. We had the red, hefe, and IPA, all were clean and tasty. The beer menu is in Czech and English, our server was friendly, handsome, and spoke English well. Their beers are called St Norbert's, and we didn't see them elsewhere. Small gift shop and beers can be purchasedto go. I really wanted a tshirt but they looked sort of Americanstyle and I'd have preferred something with Czech writing rather than English. Note this monastery brewpub is just steps from another bar/restaurant advertising craft beer that implies it is a microbrewery but isn't. (It's an ok place though with Matuska craft beer, a beautiful patio, and unhelpful service).
07-14-2014 19:18:19 | More by catwoman
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
One of my favourite places in Prague, the atmosphere in the beer garden, surrounded by the old monastery is extremely enjoyable. It's been extremely hot days, so when we arrived, the moment we sat down we were already greeted with a bowl of cool water for our dog. The IPA was very refreshing, and the summer ale they have is very appropriate for the weather and ambiance.
06-08-2014 15:12:23 | More by alHiboux
4/5 rDev -1%
My wife and I hiked up the hill to here twice, and it was well worth the effort, especially when your taste runs to something other than pilsners (which are terrific in the CR, but often the only choice).
The food was hearty and enjoyable; especially—as another reviewer pointed out—the beer-based dishes.
No problems with the waitstaff. If you're used to the "Hi, my name is..." style of service here in the states, you might find it somewhat impersonal, but keep in mind that English is a second tongue here. If you're not easily fluent in another language, it's hard to make small talk in it.
PS: If you're also a wine drinker, be sure to try Czech wines from Moravia. They're excellent, but rarely exported.
06-14-2012 19:06:42 | More by Zak44
3.46/5 rDev -14.4%
Located next to the hill overlooking Prague, quite good location. We visited the pub on Saturday midday, it was rather full.
We certainly did not enjoy the service, it was rather Vienna style, coffee splashed when it was served and the waitress really did not care too much about us. So we did not leave any tip and the matter was settled.
Not so friendly service was outweighed by good beer, it seemed to me as some of the best beer I tried during my 4 day stay in Czech Republic. Fresh and delicous.
It was cold outside and we did not want to eat, but the food others had looked rather ok. Prices are high for the overall level of Czech pubs, but certainly below average if compared to most other European countries.
10-19-2010 16:55:31 | More by atis
4/5 rDev -1%
other reviews seem to exaggerate the distance - its no more than 10 minutes past the castle, and the hill is nothing to be afraid of
we found this place after wandering through a few neighboring establishments and realizing they weren't quite right.
maybe i misunderstood, but this is a brewpub adjacent to a monastery, not one connected or within a monastery.
there was a pretty large outdoor terrace area and we snagged the last table. the interior was pretty cool with large kettles and cool decor, but it was a beautiful day so we kept outside
typical with other praha brewpubs, there were 5 or so taps. i tried the IPA (only one i saw in Praha, and actually quite nice), the dark, and the amber. Technically i just sipped my +1's amber, which i was thankful for because it wasnt that great
nice spot - the monastery wasnt as cool as i'd hoped, but you might as well wander over here from the castle. menu looked good but we didnt eat as i had some killer beer goulash at Mlejnice near the old town square for lunch
06-06-2010 18:45:00 | More by dirtylou
Klášterní pivovar Strahov in Praha, Czech Republic
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.