Plzen, Czech Republic is best known as the home to the amazing Pilsner Urquell brewery. My trip to Plzen coincided with the annual Pilsner Fest which celebrates the long history of brewing beer in this region. The festival was quite small when compared to Octoberfest, but being that it took place on the actual brewery property made it very fun and interesting. Besides the brewery tour which was spectacular, the two day festival had great food, bands, and of course great beer. I was able to try the unfiltered, direct from wooden cask beer that you are unable to get outside of Plzen. The beer is still delivered to bars every morning on horse drawn carts. The beer which is unfiltered and non pasteurized does not last long before going bad but since it is delivered every morning, it is always fresh. It has a much different consistency then regular beer and an almost milky appearance but the taste is truly amazing. And of course in the spirit of Czech, the beer is insanely inexpensive.
From Plzen, I travelled to Brno, Czech Republic via train. Brno is a small city which is best described as a large college town. The University there is the largest in the region and the town is home to mostly university students and a handful of tech workers employed by IBM and Motorola both have large headquarters there. I was only in Brno for a short two night stay and was able to explore the old city and experience some nice bars and restaurants.