Well, this post is not much about beer. Melk, a beautiful small city in majestic Donau valley in Austria, is not a beer center. It´s not even a mediocre beer place. It´s the center of region Wachau known primarily for its wine. And I´m not much wine drinker. So only beer I had was light Austrian lager Kaiser and it wasn´t very good.
Although it´s a beer desert Melk is beautiful and the huge abbey overlooking city and river is just breathtaking. So I can recommend a visit. And if you want to enjoy some good beer drive to the Czech Republic – to a beautiful medieval town of Znojmo.
Znojmo doesn´t have its beer really – a while ago there was a brewery and they brewed pretty bad beer called Hostan. Brewery is now closed and Hostan is brewed by Krusovice brewery near Prague. But Znojmo has perfect beer pub – U Sneka (Snail´s) and they offer eleven taps with beers from small and micro breweries from all CZ. They even have their own beer – Snek 11 brewed in Kromeriz – and offer beer from neighbour village Sedlesovice called Zlaty Josef. Both brews are unfiltered pilsener style lagers and are pretty good. What I loved there were two a bit more interesting beers they offered. First was very heavy and strong bock – Klasterni bock from a brewery Klaster in Hradiste nad Jizerou and second was the greatest beer I had there Cornel Single Malt Ale from Podklasterni pivovar Trebic. That was really something special.
So if you are in that area of Europe visit Melk abbey and then go to the perfect U Sneka pub in Znojmo and you will have a great time!