Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Meet Norbert

On June 6th we celebrated Norbert's name day, and that reminded me of a very special Norbert!
Meet Norbert:

Norbert is available in Amber & Dark...let's meet both:

Amber: 5.3% alcohol content.  This beer was inspired by Vienna lager and Bavarian Marzen.  The color is closer to Marzen, and the bitterness is closer to Vienna lager.  Marzen is Czech March beer that used to be brewed in March when the weather is still rather cold.  Today, they have means to cool the beer, thus Amber is brewed all year round.

Dark:  non-filtered; 5.5% alcohol content.
This was the first type of beer brewed here when the brewery reopened.  Its origin stems back to Munich in the first half of the 19th century.  This brew is drier and more bitter than the Munich lager.

Norbert can be found quenching my thirst at the Strahov Monastic Brewery in Prague.  Allow me to give you a brief history before we indulge...
Founded in 1140 by King Vladislav II, the first mention of the brewery dates back to the turn of the 13th and 14th century.  The decision (and a fine one at that!) to construct the brewery was made by Abbot Kaspar Questenberg in 1628.  In 1907, the brewery was closed (gasp!) and the buildings were used as farm houses.  The brewery was restored (thank heaven!) in 2000 during a difficult & extensive reconstruction of the entire complex.  In May of 2001, the carriage house was converted into a microbrewery. The first batch was brewed on June 6, 2001, on the holiday of the patron of the Premonstrates, St. Norbert.

Today, the brewery and the restaurant are divided by a courtyard, and on a warm & sunny day, there's nothing better than kicking back with Norbert!

The pub...

Entrance to the Strahov Monastery complex...

Address:  Strahovské nádvoří , 301, Prague 1
Tram 22 or 23 to "Pohořelec"

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