The Guardian reported somewhat breathlessly about a self-service beer kiosk in a Czech village just last week. But, I would submit that an automated beer-dispensing machine pales in comparison to a rustic pub hut in the middle of a ruined castle.
Helfenburk u Bavorova is the remains of a castle in the south of the Czech Republic near the historic, beautiful and very touristy Český Krumlov.
|Pub to the left|
Touristy is not exactly the right way to describe Helfenburk.
Though presumably there are more than fifteen people there when the weather is slightly less wet.
To get there: aim for České Budějovice. The parking lot for the ruins are just off the 142 road near Krajníčko. From the parking area, it's a gentle 1 km stroll up hill through the forest to the castle.
The man serving the beer had the most impressive beard and a beautiful boomingly gentle, 'Dobrý den.'
|Not the bartender|
A few more shots of the castle:
This is the website of the society that works to preserve the ruins and runs the pub (it seems).
"Don't leave hungry and thirsty! Ya don't have to!"