Czech beer (pivo) is famous around the world, but is best consumed in the Czech Republic. Locals are well aware of this; they see to it that the Czech Republic is consistently ranked number one for the highest per-capita beer consumption in the world.

Made from hand-picked Bohemian hops, the best and most well-known Czech beers are the following:

Pilsner Urquell
A pale lager brewed in the town of Plzen and exported worldwide, Pilsner Urquell is one of the most famous Czech beers.

Budvar
Brewed in Ceske Budejovice, Budvar is the beer that inspired the American Budweiser. You can try it at the Budvar Bar or any pub in Prague.

Staropramen
Staropramen is the second biggest producer of beer in the Czech Republic, and has been brewing since 1869. Its brewery is located right in the heart of Prague, and its beers deserve their great reputation.

Gambrinus
A favorite with Czech locals, this beer is brewed in Plzen. Gambrinus pale lager that has a gold color and is full-bodied and bitter.

Although Czech people are consistent with their beer drinking habits, the Czech beer industry has seen a lot of changes since the fall of communism. One of them is the taste of Czech beer. Locals say that the taste has gone downhill slightly since the communist period ended due to stricter health standards! Pivo prosim! (Beer please)!