An afternoon trip to tour the historic Kozel Brewery, including a beer tasting of premium Czech lager.
This tour is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around 25 minutes to reach the village of Velké Popovice, home to the Kozel Brewery.
Beer has been brewed here since the 14th century, however it was the transformation of the old brewery buildings into the Kozel Brewery in 1874 by the Prague industrialist Baron Ringhoffer that put the village on the map.
Earlier that century, another Czech brewer, Pilsner Urquell, had changed the beer world forever by producing the world's first golden lager. This was achieved through a new technique of fermentation, and by storing the beer in cold cellars cut into rock. It was this process that Baron Ringhoffer replicated to create Kozel.
Our tour of the Kozel Brewery leads us through the history of brewing from those early years to the present day. We learn about the brewing techniques, the ingredients used, and we visit the old lager cellars. We also learn about the Ringhoffer family. The history of light beer brewing is held within this fascinating brewery.
Forward to today, and we observe how science and technology has transformed the process. We tour the modern brewing plant, bottling and barrelling rooms. And we visit the exhibition on beer labels, loading, shipping and exporting beer.
Kozel now produce a variety of light and dark beers, all of which we learn about on the tour.
Naturally we finish the tour with a tasting of freshly brewed unpasteurised, unfiltered Kozel beer.
Before we leave, there is time to browse the onsite shop which stocks bottled beers produced by Kozel as well as a range of glasses and jugs, beer towels, T-shirts and more. Refreshments are also available.
Please note that in the Kozel beer cellars the temperature is around 10C (50F), so we advise bringing suitable clothing.
Prague Experience sightseeing tours are in English and another language. They are led by professional, licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches.
If you require a tour in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, please specify on the booking form.
The tour finishes back in Prague, near Wenceslas Square.