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Last June, we lamented the absence of a traditional German-style beer garden in our fair city. Before long, though, our prayers were answered with the soon-to-open Biergarten Haus in the Atlas District. We have high hopes for the place and expect it to fill a gaping void in DC’s beer scene. Taking a survey of the landscape, things are looking good for fans of imported brews. German beer? Check. Belgian beer? Check. Czech beer? Czech?
The Czech Republic is host to a world-class beer culture every bit as vibrant and exciting as those to be found in Germany and Belgium (as our very own Beerspotter would agree). It’s a no-brainer that Americans would go crazy for the stuff. Pilseners (albeit the watered-down, tasteless, low-cal variety) dominate the American market, and pilseners are exactly what the Czechs do best. You can probably find a fair number of them on offer at the Brickskeller (we haven’t ‘czeched’ in a while… sorry), and Black Squirrel has Czechvar on tap, but we’re hardpressed to name another restaurant with a sizeable list.
More on Czech bars in the U.S. after the jump.
It’s not like Czech restaurants don’t exist. The Embassy of the Czech Republic keeps a list of them on its website. California, Florida, and Illinois appear to be particularly well-stocked with Czech establishments. Queens is host to the legendary Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. And as far back as 2002, Fortune magazine was heralding imported Czech beer. So why doesn’t DC have a Czech-themed bar? We’ve seen a tidal wave of Belgian beer in this city in recent years (and isn’t that the kind of wave in which you’d love to drown?), but enough is getting to be enough. With Czech beer so conspicuously absent from the local scene, we hereby put out a plea for someone to step in and fill the gap.
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