Burčák: The Happy Drink

It’s burčák season once again.

Burčák is a Moravian drink made from grape juice normally produced between August to November.   It is actually the earliest stage of wine fermentation, thus it is often called “young wine.”  Each winemaker has his/her own secret technique in burčák-making, but the basic steps remain the same:  juice derived from crushed grapes are fermented and at some point taken out for consumption.  The alcohol level in Burčák is somewhere between 5%-8% and because  it tastes like juice, it can be very deceiving.

My husband and I were at a county fair last weekend and we ended up buying burčák.  Last night, burčák’s deceptive taste made me happy all night.  At dinnertime, I generously consumed this sweet-tasting drink and ended up getting tipsy.  The burčák that we bought must’ve had the maximum amount of alcohol allowed by law.  I can’t believe it hit me that fast.  I know I get drunk pretty easily, but eversince I’ve been here, I have increased my tolerance for alcohol.  Gone were the days when a bottle of beer could get me drunk.  Or so I thought.  But I was no match for burčák.  This sweet alcoholic drink is dangerous!

So if you are ever in the Czech Republic between August to November, beware of this cloudy white liquid that may proliferate in pubs, bars or county fairs.    It may look and taste harmless, but may leave you crawling back home.

Na Zdravi!


15 thoughts on “Burčák: The Happy Drink

  1. Gunta August 29, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    Sounds really good! Tipsy is nice once in awhile. Hope you didn’t have a hangover.


    • Grace August 30, 2012 / 8:06 am

      I did. That’s the worst part. 🙂 But I was happy all night, so I guess that compensated for it.


  2. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer August 30, 2012 / 2:15 am

    That is worth noting! We are looking at a River Boat tour of your environs next summer, and will try to remember Burcak if we go.


    • Grace August 30, 2012 / 8:05 am

      If you come in August, it will be available by then. It is a great drink though….but one that needs to be consumed in moderate levels. 🙂


  3. 68ghia August 30, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    Sounds quite delicious 😉
    Oh well, some times letting the hair down is a good thing 😉


  4. Lisaman August 30, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I had that neuer wyn in Germany once….it is quite strong!!


    • Grace August 30, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Never had that one. Now I know what else to look out for. 🙂


    • Grace September 2, 2012 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you very much!


  5. Naomi Baltuck September 18, 2012 / 6:14 am

    Ooh, now I’m going to keep an eye for it, Grace. Great post! P.S. One easy way to avoiding a hangover is to drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol you consume.


    • Grace September 18, 2012 / 10:18 am

      Thanks for the tip!


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