One of the must visit places for every single beer lover, at least once in a lifetime. The tour of the brewery is not so interesting, but you can see historical sites, as the main gate, the railroad station where they got the barley, the historic brewing facilities and, of course, the beer cellars, where the most interesting part takes place: there you can taste the amazing unfiltered and unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell. It is worthy only because of this. If you are in Prague for some days this is a visit you must consider.
I was there in February 2012. A friend and me were driving to Slovakia and we stopped in Plzen unexpectedly. After finding the brewery we were told the tour already left but thanks to the kind girls behind the desk we could catch up with the group. The tour guide is a Czech but he lived in the States for a while. His English was excellent and he had a lot of knowledge about beer. He’d gladly answer any questions asked, even annoying questions about the SAB Miller thingie. Very impressive tour, especially the cellar part I won’t forget. Got to drink the real Plzensky Prazdroj from the barrel in the cellars, it’s as good as a pilsner style could get.
After the tour we were hanging around a bit in the main building as we were freezing our asses off in the cellar and outside (-17 celsuis on that day). We noticed an event going on and upon asking it was told it’s only for the families who were originally involved in the brewery. Like an annual reunion. We didn’t have an invitation. We wanted to join the party.
After having a few Westvleteren and a nice Struise Double Black we brought from our own cellar, we had the guts to return to the car, suit up and head back to the main building. After about 15 minutes we managed to sneak in to the party area. The thing is that Czech people are genuinly nice and as long as you move to another table every 15 minutes, nobody seemed to mind we were obviously uninvited. We had some great food there, met some funny people, enjoyed a few gigs, practised Czech like never before, and most of all drank free Plzensky until our liver shrunk to nearly nothing. We’re even on the ’family’ picture which was taken in the end. Czech people, Plzensky Prazdroj, I love you!
The tour is pretty commercial and slightly over egging the SAB Miller element of this historic brewery. The reason everyone comes here is to sample the traditionally brewed Plzensky Prazdroj which has been fermented in open oak vats and matured in massive oak barrels. It is the only place in the world you can get it and it is sensational. Nothing like even the excellent Kvasnicove or the solid unpasteurised version served in tankovna pubs. A wonderful fresh hop aroma, soft carbonation and malt heart it makes a mockery of progress - why is all pilsner beer brewed like this. Or why can they not sell it at the brewery?
If you are feeling cheeky, sneak away from your tour group as you are leaving the cellars and another group is coming in to get seconds.
We went on a Czech language tour of the brewery and despite not understanding a single word, this was amazing. The Pilsner Urquell Kvasnicový straight from the wooden barrel was worth the price of admission. Would I do this again? Absolutely.
My third visit here, and the tours are getting more and more boring, but you get the reward at the end. Souvenir shop and restaurant as well a small outdoor beer garden well worth a visit in summer time.
This place is all about the beer in the cellar. A must visit in Pilsen.
Countbeer (259) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | September 10, 2011
This brewery covers a big part of Pilsen and is hard to miss (due to some commercial plates all over town and the grand famous brewery gate).
Did the tour, which was very interesting and they sure did cover lots of info about the beers, industry, process, bottling and of course the cool 9 km underground tunnels where you get to taste the Pilsner Urquell Kvasnicový (you can choose between a small and big cup).
The tour is about 7 euro’s and worth your money.
There is also a gift shop which sells beers, shirts and lots of other beerware.
Behind the gift shop theres a restaurant with some nice beers and good food.
All by all a must visit when you are in Czech.
1.5 hour tour for like 10 bucks. extra if you want to take pictures. last 10 minutes of the tour is exciting, with the anticipation of trying an awesome new pilsner in the deep dark tunnels underneath pilsen. beer was great, worth it depending on how much time you have to putz around in czech republic. travelled up in the morning, hit up the noonish brewery tour, then to na park, then back to prague. still plently of time left for a trip around prague in the same day. didn’t pay for the extra picture priviledge. happy i didn’t. bunch of people were taking pics throughout the tour without the special picture taker sticker. our guide didnt seem to care. wish they would let you drink more beer in the cellar. they sell every other damn thing, why not a refill?
oh well.. fun trip to do once. not much desire to travel out to pilsen again soon.
One of the most classic places for bee pilgrimage. The brewery tour was nice, but the commercialisation was almost disturbing. The famous unfiltered beer in the cellar was a disappointment - I’d prefer the unpasteurised version any time.
So you pay about $10 for a plastic cup full of the unfiltered, unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell. So is it worth it? Hell yeah. A nice tour FWIW. The second most interesting part of the tour is to see half the people on the tour dump out their samples of the beer when I know most people here would give their left nut to just try a couple sips.
cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | October 13, 2010
Probably my favorite brewery tour of all-time. You get to see all of the new equipment- tanks, bottling, etc as well as the old cellar where they would lager the beer. The highlight of the tour was trying the unfiltered Pilsner Urquell. Simply amazing. Afterwards, we hit the restaurant to try all of the beers and had some very tasty food. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.
You’re only going here to get the Pilsner from the wood. We all know that. But the brewery still has some historically interesting features, and the tour isn’t bad for a big industrial joint. Restaurant was not impressive. When will they start the special tour that just goes to the caves and includes all-you-can-drink from the wood?