Klášterní pivovar Strahov (‘The Strahov Monastic Brewery’)
Not far from Prague Castle, the Strahov Monastery complex houses a brewery of unique atmosphere, which offers its own beer on site, with distinctive ambiance and excellent Czech cuisine. Its history is documented all the way back to around 1400 AD.
- January – December
- Whole week
- 10.00 – 22.00
The brewery was renewed only in 2000, as part of an extensive and involved reconstruction of the entire building. In May 2001, the former carriage-hall became a microbrewery with a capacity of 1000 hl per year. The first batch of beer was brewed in June of the same year, on the feast of St. Norbert, the patron saint of the Premonstratensian monastery.
The present format of the Strahov Monastic Brewery includes three “locals” – a beerhall with its own copper brew-kettles and the two storey St. Norbert restaurant. During the summer months the brewery courtyard garden is open to visitors.
Beers on offer: St. Norbert – amber, dark, IPA, seasonal beers (a favourite being the St. Norbert Three-kings wheat special)
The history of the Royal canonicate brewery of the Premonstrates in Strahov is intertwined with the history of the monastery itself, founded in 1140. The first written record dates from the year 1400, when the brewery was rented out for ‘four times threescore groschen, a pound of pepper and one fattened hare per year’. In 1907 the brewery was closed, however, and in 1919 even converted into apartments. In the 1959 to 1963 period, the vaulting in the western part of the building was torn down and part-converted into a large hall, complete with a raised stage.