Brewery of the Month – July

While we are of course bound to the finesse of Czech brewing traditions, we do enjoy trips across borders to see what’s brewing in other lands. With a free weekend ahead of us we decided to travel to Slovakia’s capital city of Bratislava to see how many breweries we could manage, and to give you our second Slovak brewery post this year.

In fact, we actually managed 5 breweries but our first stop was our priority – we wanted to spend some of the warm summer day sat on the calm lull of the Danube (Ralph’s favourite river), at the Dunajský pivovar.

The most immediately striking thing about the Dunajský pivovar is simply that it is on a boat. Sitting on the deck, enjoying the morning sun with a fresh lager brewed on the flow of one of Europe’s most stunning rivers, is a gratifying experience. We did try to pick the perfect table but were immediately asked to move as there were only two of us and it was a big table. So we were shifted to a small table round the corner. No problem – we were still sat staring at the river and city before us.

Introduced in 2014 by it’s older brother, the Patrónsky pivovar, the Dunajský brewery sits on the Petržalka side of Bratislava, and doubles up as a ‘botel’. It also has a restaurant offering taditional food. We were only here for the beer though, and as neither of us are fans of the ‘tmavy’ (dark) beer we went for the standard 11,5 degree lager instead. Although perhaps not the best beer in the city, it certainly wasn’t bad, and a cold brew was certainly much welcomed on this fine summer’s day. The restaurant itself is a bit posh for our simple tastes, and the service was a relaxed pace, but the atmosphere of the Danube is second to none.

On The Goulash In Mikulov

Satov!

FK Palava Mikulov 2  FK Satov 0

Attendance :82

Number of klobasas eaten = 0

Ticket:25kc

There are not many moments in football that will better Aaron Ramsey’s 88th minute equaliser at The Heysel Stadium on Tuesday night (actually nothing and Belgium must have thought so too as they celebrated the 1-1 draw with a stunning firework display), but a gulas festival, followed by Fk Palava vs Fk Satov was an extremely  pleasant way of rounding off a good week.

Saturday morning , the 3 of us met at Brno Train Station to head off to the beautiful town of Mikulov on Czech side of the Czech/Austrian border. This would be my 6th visit of the year, with a series of romantic trips and wine-tasting piss ups (I should clarify not at the same time) being the previous reasons for travelling down. So, forgive me for my honesty, I wasn´t too keen on going down again, but… with the promise of a “Giant Dumpling Competition”, the Palavsky Gulasfest had been pencilled in my diary for many weeks and had even drawn interest from further a field – a new Klobasa ultra based in Bratislava.

During the week,I decided to do a bit of homework and discovered that the festival was the largest of it´s kind in the Czech Republic, so it was a bit niave of me to think that there would be just the 4 of us at Hotel Zamecek. It seemed that most of Moravia must had decided that eating and drinking in such  nice surroundings was the perfect way of spending a Saturday afternoon.

Gulas festivalAfter several helpings of the finest South Moravian goulash two of us headed to the ground for the game, while the other two decided that climbing Saints Hill with a bottle of Chardonnay might be slightly more entertaining than the 7th tier of Czech football. How right they were.

FK Palava and FK Satov, served up the most dire half of football, I have seen in a long time. Neither team attacked with any purpose, perhaps they  were also thinking of the goulash. The game’s only source of entertainment was Palava’s Roberto Baggio lookalike and he was even sporting the II Divin Codino’s ponytail (obviously not his, but I am sure you understand) .On the pitch he had nothing on Rob, in fact  he was  more like  Michael Bolton than the great Italian footballer. Back to the game, the first half passed without any real incident, a visit or two to the bar and a goal…yes a goal. A simple through ball resulted in both Satov ( pronounced Shatoff) defenders slipping, leaving Mikulov´s number 8 to “calmly” stroke the ball under the keeper and give the homeside a one nil lead to take into half-time.

Palava klobasaThe second half saw a marginal improvement with Mikulov creating a number of chances to increase their lead, but it wasn’t until the 90th minute and long after Michael Bolton had left the pitch (he indicated midway through the second half that he’d had enough) that they got the goal and what a goal it was..After a lovely break from defence, the ball was slipped  through to the Vojta Suby who produced a lob over the onrushing keeper. Karel Poborsky eat your heart out.

Palava crowdThe final whistle brought the crowd of 82 to their feet in celebration and as players went over to salute the faithful, we headed back to catch the back end of the festival, another helping of goulash and a chance to watch a huge man, drunk on goulash and wine, wrestle with a huge parasol  as he headed for the last stall standing. That was our cue to leave.

…and for those of you interested – Blansko lost 2-1 away to Napajedla.

This is not FK Palava

This is not FK Palava