Taste London runs (or ran) from 18th-22nd June in Regent’s Park. We had standard tickets, which meant entry to the festival, but we had to buy additional ‘crowns’ in order to purchase food and drink. One crown is the equivalent of one pound and, as you can imagine, some of the Michelin starred foods were nearing 10 crowns. Yes, ten crowns. Ten crowns for a scallop. But then, I wasn’t there for the scallops, I was there for the beer! Tank beer, no less. The Pilsner Urquell set up was particularly impressive with the enormous tanks piled up in the centre of the island bar. Off to the side was an additional bar where Vaclav Berka, Brewmaster, was on hand to help the punters pour their own pints.
This, my friends, is a thing of beauty. Crisp, refreshing and clean, Pilsner Urquell tank beer is up there with some of the best beer I’ve ever tasted. With every sip you can feel the quality. You can get your hands on some from here if you’re a Londoner.
Once I’d exhausted the tanks (joking…) I went on the hunt for more brews and stumbled upon the Meantime van.