For a city that has plenty, in the way of beer, to offer, U Flecku stands out as being one of the more successful ventures in micro brewing. It is well on the tourist trail and located in a building that would keep historians and architecture groupies going for some time. Added to this it has a beer cellar atmosphere, “oom-paa” style music, a beer garden, and brews one of the best beers in Prague (if not Czech Republic), then you know its going to be interesting. They have got the commercialism down to a fine art, there is plenty of “U Flecku” merchandise to buy on the way out.
The Beer: Flekovsky tmavy lezak – this is the only beer that appears to be available. Other “brew pubs” offer some alternative, but this is the only one. Its a dark (very dark to the point of not being able to see through it), dark-roasted, lager style beer, at 4.6%. I would have said that this is approaching stout, but it is classed as a dark stout. All I can say is, it is fabulous, one of the best I have had for some time.
The one thing that spoils the experience is that this place really does come across as a money making enterprise more than just the beer experience. The waiters try to push Becherovka on you, and if you are not aware that it is not on the house, then a 80Kc drink will be added to your bill. I like Becherovka but not when I am drinking beer, and not at 80Kc (A liter bottle costs around 360Kc). It is a tourist trap, its overly commercial and not a place to relax in the beer garden, even with a large group of people you do not want to linger – a lot of people seemed somewhat uncomfortable being there.
But being there is for the beer. It is exceptional. To a point you can overlook the false atmosphere, the waiters, uneasy tourists, and annoying music. The beer itself is just fabulous, it is worth a drink or two. If it was available elsewhere (in a quieter pub) then it would be a better experience. Fabulous beer, pity about the waiters.
Website: U Flecku