- Hans Weber
- November 29, 2023
25 bars competed for the thirteenth time in the traditional race Pinkasova noční můra
Prague, October 4, 2023
Tap 10 pints of Pilsner Urquell beer in the shortest time possible and run up 41 steps with them – such a task awaited participants in the traditional Pinkas taphouse race nightmare. In addition to speed, the expert panel also evaluated the quality and degree of beers put in front of the contestants. Jacek Maliszewski from Poland was the winner of this year’s competition, which took place for the 13th time at The Pinkas restaurant in Prague.
This year, 25 bartenders from the Czech Republic, Norway, great Britain, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Japan joined one of the world’s most original beer races.
In this way, we honour and recognise the work of those who, since 1843, have taken care of the highest quality of draught beer and tended to get fresh beer directly from the cellar. This year, however, we were pleasantly surprised by the record-breaking involvement of women in this prestigious event, when four courageous women decided to take on the challenge of running saloons,” explains karel Doubek, director of Adria – Neptune, a restaurant called U Pinkasů.
The speed and quality of the tapping makes the Pinkas nightmare competition unique and prestigious. Both criteria were evaluated this year by an expert panel of renowned personalities: Vaclav Berka, Head Brewer Emeritus of Plzeňský Prazdroj, Tomáš Babici, saloon legends of U Pinkasů restaurant and Tomáš Mráz, Honorary Connoisseur Pilsner Urquell.
The races kicked off at one o’clock in the afternoon of qualifying. The 25 saloons with 6 pints pumped completed the route to the area in front of the pub, the 15 fastest advanced to the evening finale. This was run just as in the old days with ten hand-drafted large beers from the cellar to the first floor of the Prague restaurant. “Pilsner Urquell prides itself on the quality of the beer and its proper drafting. That’s why we appreciate the enthusiasm and interest of the bartenders who try to give the guest the best experience in a pint. Saloons At Pinkas, they were role models in beer care back in the 19th century, and their determination to bring their guest perfectly drafted beer as quickly as possible, even up the stairs from the cellar, inspired us for the new tradition of “Running” which is meant to be an entertainment and experience for every bartender,” says Václav Berka, head brewer emeritus of Plzeňský Prazdroj.
The winner of this year’s Pinkas nightmare was deservedly Jacek Maliszewski from Polish restaurant Restauracja Česka with a time of 1:33:31. “I’m very pleased, of course, Pinkas’s nightmare has a special place in my heart. After the surgeries in 2018, when I was learning to walk again, I won the Moth for the first time in a year. It was such a satisfaction to be back and be able to do what I enjoy. The fact that I won again this year is an unreal feeling. I’m really proud,” the winner Jacek Maliszewski expresses his feelings. Last year’s winner, Lukas Pešík, took silver from the Red Jelen restaurant in Prague and a nice third place was won by Jakub Stach from restaurant U Pinkasů with a time of 1:37:34.
The winner of this unique race becomes part of The Pinkas Restaurant’s famous tradition. His name is written on a leather saloon apron that lists all the winners from previous years. In addition to the prestigious entry, the main prize for the winner is a voucher worth 1842CZK and a 50 litre barrel of Pilsner Urquell beer.