If you like beer, you might want to check out the Staropramen brewery tour. But if you love beer, you might want to pass. Straropramen is the second most popular Czech beer after the famous Pilsen Urquell. Brewed in Prague, it's a quick tram ride to get to the brewery and museum to see the behind-the-scenes of how the beer is made.
Tours are offered multiple times per day in several languages, including English, German, and Russian. Even though I booked the tour beforehand, you can also just walk in and get your ticket. Just make sure to check the time that the tour in your language runs, otherwise you might have to wait a few hours until the next one.
The tour itself was not at all what I expected. There is no tour guide, but instead a recorded voice and videos in each room. The recording would stop and the lights would dim, indicating the group to go to the next room. Although the tour had models of the machinery used in the brewery, you can't see the actual beer being made, except for what is shown on the videos.
At the end of the tour, you get a free Straropramen beer. You can choose from three different options, including an unfiltered beer that you can't get in stores. The pub at the end of the tour also sells traditional Czech foods.
Overall, the experience was fairly unexceptional. It was less than 10 USD, but you could easily just go to the pub attached to the brewery, which is open to anyone, and try one of the beers.
The Staropramen Visitor Centre is located at: Pivovarska 9 | Prague 5, Prague 150 54. You can get there easily by taking the A line to Můstek and taking the 14 tram to Na Knížecí.
pictures taken by NYU student Gabby Brooks