Last weekend as we prepared to bid farewell to February in Prague, I took a quick trip to the local pivotéka in search of something that was less suited to the (still) cold nights and that gave some inkling of the approaching spring. Myself and Kosher had taken a walk up to Petřín to wander around by the small-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and to take a look into the famous library of the Strahov Monastery. While out walking we saw some purple tulips pushing against the persistent subzero temperatures. Spring wasn’t exactly in the air, but it was trying it’s best.
I picked up a 750ml bottle of Pivovar Matuska Svetlé from the pivotéka and took it home to drink while watching some football. My first encounter with anything from Matuska came in the A-Maze in Tchaiovna on the other side of the city. The only beer they have on tap, it is usually wherever you find it (BeerGeek also carry some Matuska usually) a little bit above the average price range even for craft beer in Prague but it’s worth every extra crown you pay.
The large bottle of Svetlé set me back 100-Kc even but sometimes you prefer to pay over the odds for a bottle that while only a pint and half, is better drank slowly and enjoyed. While Svetlé (light – referring to the colour) is a fairly standard style of beer here what sets the Matuska apart is that it is both unpastuerised and unfiltered. This gives it a cloudy, dense look in the glass, while also bringing all of the flavours out fully. And despite the appearance of density it actually lies somewhere in the middle of a standard lager and a weissbier.
I’ve tried Matuska’s raptor, its IPA and APA before, but this was the first time I had the svetlé. It is like a weissbier too in that drinking it was redolent too of springy and even summer weather which is just as well because for all my hopes of Spring being in the air, it began snowing on Monday evening!