When people ask why I am going on a tour of the Czech Republic’s breweries, I reply it is a lifelong dream. Why I say this is beyond me. Clearly it is a lie. I didn’t start drinking until I was about 4 and I didn’t discover Czech beer until I was in my 20s.

Since then, however, I have drunk my share. Pilsner Urquell, Budvar, Staropramen, Herold, Tesco Value Velvet Revolution Lager. So it feels like a lifelong dream to go to where the pilsner style of beer was created and where it can be drunk unfiltered, unpasteurised and in unlimited quantities.

Eddie agreeing to come was a huge bonus. 25 years ago as teenagers we travelled Europe. We were young and naive. At least now we are older.

Tonight it is Prague. Let the Pivo flow.

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