Czech isn’t so different from English. The title of this article, for example, means “Pilsner beer from the tank.” However, while the literally translation may be apparent I’m not quite sure that the meaning of “tank” is quite clear. In the Czech Republic a keg of beer is for sissies. Instead more and more pubs are starting to serve beer from massive tanks capable of holding ten hectolitres (264 gallons compared to a typical 15.5 gallon american keg). This means that the Pilsner pub that I frequent, with it’s four tanks, is capable of holding 8,448 16oz beers. That’s a lot of summer barbecues.
These massive drums are stored in a specialized, temperature controlled tank-room that is occasionally visible from the restaurant. Utilizing pressurized tubes they deliver beer directly to the tap allowing your bartender to work all night without ever having to change a keg.
Yet, the real advantage of tank beer, aside from the sheer glory of it’s quantity, is the flavor. There is just more of it. They don’t have to pasteurize this beer because it’s kept from brewery to truck to tank to glass at just the right temperature. Also, every tank must turn over every two weeks ensuring the freshest beer.
Better still, tank beer is delivered by tanker trucks. There is nothing like seeing a Pilsner tank truck driving by to make you believe that you’re in the promise land.
Seeing this just makes me daydream about the truck being knocked over by a tram, cracking the tank, and creating a beer fountain for me to frolic under.