Every summer in June the Czechs come to the heart of Budapest with barrels of liquid gold to the Budapest Czech Beer Festival: really tasty beers mastered since the 13th century when the first Pilsen and Budweis breweries were set up. It may very well be that the Czech Republic has still the highest beer consumption per capita in the world, as was in 2004, and now you have a chance to see why. If you are staying in Budapest in June, you can enjoy a bit of merry Prague in Budapest with dozens of Czech beer brands imported to the Hungarian capital for a few days in June (after the May celebrations in the Prague Beer Fest…).
The Czech Beer Festival in Budapest features special Bohemian beers, or ‘pivni’-s as they are called: light beers as well as experimental stronger varieties, like double bocks, or maybe the super strong U Medvidku’s X-33 lager of 12.6% alcohol content.
The beer festival is a lot more like a Czech cultural festival with live shows, music, Czech quizzes, tastings (e.g. cheeses).
Official website (sorry, Hungarian only, but Google translate can help a lot): CsehSorNapok.com
Where can you drink authentic Czech beers in Budapest?
If you missed the Czech Beer Festival in Budapest, but would still like to try some authentic Czech beers, try the Primator Premium (winner of the World Beer Award in 2010) at Ferdinand Monarchia Czech Beer House at 30 Sziv street in Budapest, a pub with lots of Czech beers (open from Mon to Sun from noon to 11pm). Most of the Czech beers they sell are made by the Ferdinand Beer Factory, but you can try Absinthe (not very abundant in Budapest), Slivovica, Becherovka, Borovicka, etc.
You can also go to Pivo Pub in Hegedus Gyula street, Bohemia Pub (try Pardubicky Porter) in Nemet street (right next to the Rakoczi square Market Hall)
You may even have the chance to try a less known variety of Pilsner Urquell available on draught: as opposed to the standard kind of Pilsner Urquell, the one that is sold all over Europe, you might even have a chance to try a special, unpasteurised version, which is normally sold only in the Czech Republic at so called tank pubs. Lack of pasteurisation makes the rich malt body much sweeter, while the usually bitter hops get markedly more fragrant. If not, demand it for next year’s beer festival!