Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Session 140 Announcement - #Pivo

The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic.

I was wondering to myself what the theme would be for this month's iteration of The Session, and so on looking at the list I realised that there was no theme for October. A quick scan through themes passim revealed a glaring topic omission, so I pinged Jay and Stan and hey presto they agreed to let me host The Session again!!

In the autumn of 1999 I jumped on a bus at London's Victoria Bus Station and spent the next 20 or so hours making my way across Europe to the mother of cities. The Czech Republic, most specifically Prague, would be my home for the next ten years, although my original plan had been just one year and then moving on to visit as many former Soviet countries as possible, best laid plans of mice and men, and all that jazz. I still remember my first Czech beer in situ, I'd had a couple of Czech lagers as a college student in Birmingham, a half litre of 10° Budvar in a little pizza place among the paneláky of Černý Most. Beer was to be part and parcel of life for the duration of my stay in the country I still wistfully think of home. That my dear readers is the theme then for The Session this Friday, Czech beer. You could write about any of the following:
  • reminiscences of a trip to the Czech Republic
  • a Czech beer that is your go to drink
  • lesser known styles of Czech beer, tmavé or polotmavé for example
  • the booming craft beer scene in the Czech Republic
  • small Czech breweries that deserve a wider audience
  • a beer you love inspired by Czech styles
So let's has a love song to Bohemia and her beers, the land that gave us the original pilsner, and so much more.


  1. Long time reader...how would I take part in The Session?

  2. Just write a blog post on the theme of Czech beer on Friday 5th October and share a link on this post.

  3. Thanks for jumping into the breach and giving us a topic. And my apologies for perhaps wandering off course. https://appellationbeer.com/blog/the-session-140-czech-hops/

  4. Thanks for hosting this month. My late-ish contribution is here: http://www.thebrewsite.com/the-session-140-czech-beer/

    - Jon

  5. To this day I dream of one brewery, one brewer and multiple of his beers. The lesser of his (Tony Gomes) Holy Grail beers; the lock jawing, double decocted Saxer Pils was the lowly esteemed Saxer 99. Saxer 99 was meant to compete with the Bud, Miller, Coors lites of the mega beerbeer world. Unfortunately everyone disparaged this beer because it came in at 99 calories and 3.2% abv. What it also came in as was an easily identifiable little brother of Saxer Pils; the best Pils that has ever passed this Brewer's passionate palate. The 3.2% second runnings of Saxer's world conquering pilsener is the Holy Grail of Session beers. To my knowledge no session beers have come anywhere close.

    Full Sail's original Session is right up there with the beers I'll drink regularly in Heaven, that is if Saxer Pils and little brother 99 aren't there (or if Fred Eckhard isn't hoarding them all).

    If I don't find Saxer beers where I'm headed, I'lI know I didn't make it to the real beer heaven.

  6. My son-in-law is Czech, and on one of their trips to Czech my daughter smuggled me back a Budweiser Budvar; what a terrific beer, American Budweiser must have nightmares over them!


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