Czech Absinth – Cafe Slavia

 

Absinth Slavia

 

 

2 responses to “Czech Absinth – Cafe Slavia

  1. Absinthe and beer?

    Absinthe make the brain numb faster

    Friday May 30, 2003
    The Guardian

    Scottish Courage, Britain’s biggest brewing group, has given a Gallic twist to the old Scots standby, the “whisky chaser”, with Deco.

    Deco is presented as a 275cl bottle of Kronenbourg 1664, topped by a plastic bottle containing a 25ml shot of absinthe. The package, which will cost between £4.50 and £5, is available in bars and nightclubs in London and Brighton, but will be rolled out nationally in the autumn. The lager is 5% alcohol while the absinthe weighs in at 45%, considerably weaker, ScotCo says, than most French versions.

    ScotCo, which bought Kronenbourg in 2000, is unaware of one link between absinthe and beer: an infusion of absinthe and hops is a centuries-old remedy used for fighting flu. The only problem is that Kronenbourg, like most lagers, is a little light on hops and the minty wormwood that is the basis of absinthe tends to overwhelm the beer.

    Absinthe was developed as a tonic drink as it contains thujyl, absinthol, carotene and vitamin C.

    These properties may be lost on the habitues of bars and nightclubs, but ScotCo is at pains to stress that it has not developed the package to encourage binge drinking.

    The absinthe is so rich, minty and cloying that it would take a strong constitution to down the 25ml in one gulp.

    The package would work better with a hoppy English ale, where the peppery and resiny character of the hops would balance the richness of wormwood.

    The gentle, malty sweetness of the lager doesn’t stand a chance against the wormwood.

    In the interests of scientific research, I reverted to the time-honoured Scottish practice of pouring some of the absinthe into the beer. The result is disgusting, a cocktail of Nightnurse and Ovaltine.

    Alcohol Concern should not be worried: you would have to be a serious head banger to drink this, even if you could afford it.

    Next month, ScotCo will launch a new 6% version of Kronenbourg called Premier Cru.

    I will wait for that and hold the absinthe.

    Roger Protz edits the Good Beer Guide.

  2. When Czechoslovakia eased travel restrictions about five years ago, Western intellectuals ventured there with the wary air of men exploring some dark continent. They were surprised to dis cover that many Czechs were familiar with the plays of Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, and had kept abreast of other Western cultural developments.

    If they dropped into Prague’s Café Slavia around 4 p.m. any afternoon, they could have encountered several of the reasons why. A group of artists and writers who meet there have for years been assiduously importing and translating Western books, plays and art publications. One of their leaders is slender, Jiři Kolář, now 54, essayist, play wright and, by general acknowledgment, Czechoslovakia’s leading poet.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,839919,00.html

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