Local Specialty Beers on the Rise

The Slovak Spectator published an article about the rise of microbreweries in Slovakia. We’ve mentioned how Bratislava’s microbrewery business has been on the rise, but the article discusses other parts of Slovakia:

Some of these breweries are quite new, established within the last few years by beer enthusiasts who grew bored with the unified flavour of beer made by large producers, or by people who view themselves as picking up where the beer-making tradition left off.

They estimate that there are currently 25 small independent brewers across the country, which makes up about 5 percent of the beer drinking market.  And they think the numbers will grow.

The article also discusses the potential for beer tourism in the country.

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Beer Spa: A Unique Exbeerience

If you love beer – really love it – you’ll love this. Beer Spa BBB Prešpork (26 Zámocká St, Bratislava) have setup a “beer spa” where they fill tubs with beer and let you sit and soak in them while you drink as much beer as you want from a tap that’s right next to you. They claim that soaking in beer is good for your skin, joints, and muscles and that it will reduce cellulite. I can’t vouch for this, but nonetheless it’d make for a fun afternoon. If you have a stag party planned in Bratislava, this might be a good way to relax after/before a heavy night of drinking.
A couple of ladies soaking at the Beer Spa BBB Prešpork


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Bratislava’s Microbreweries and Brewpubs

glasses of beerBratislava is slowly becoming one of the best European beer cities.  The Stein Brewery moved from the city in 2007, but since then more and more microbreweries and brewpubs have been popping up in Slovakia’s capital.  Here’s a nice little beer crawl that I put together so you can enjoy the locally brewed beers of Bratislava.
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Slovak Beer Links

Below is a list of links that are relevant to Slovak beer.  Many of them are in Slovak, but by using the web browser Google Chrome you can easily translate them automatically or click on [en] to have the site translated via Google Translate.

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Slovak Beer Infographic

beer infographic logo

This infographic was created by the people over at DAtaVinci. They are a Slovak company that takes data and makes it look good by putting it into eye-catching infographics. Have a look at the beer one below it’s attractive and informative with information about the history of Slovak beer, the current production and consumption, general facts about beer, and the top brands of Slovak beer in 2012.

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A Guide to Drinking Beer in Slovakia

Sign "Good Pivo 10 metres"There are many good reasons to go to the Slovak Republic, but my favourite is the beer. It’s delicious and very reasonably priced. Pintprice.com has it costing an average of 0.91 Euros. That makes it the fourth cheapest place to drink beer in Europe (Ukraine is #1). If you’re looking for a place to have your bachelor or stag party, a weekend in Bratislava will give you everything you need to make a man rethink a commitment. But before you go, I recommend boning up on a little Slovak. Here’s what you’ll need to know.

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Popper

Brewery: Pivovar Bytča

Bottle of Popper Premium beer
Popper is one of the oldest brands in Slovakia but also one of the smallest as far as production goes. Unlike many of the other breweries in Slovakia, it was never purchased by SABMiller or Heineken, so it hasn’t expanded like its competition, but its roots are strong and it shows in their beer. Since the brewery stopped producing Palatin 16% Tmavy (despite its numerous awards and favourable reviews), Popper is the brewery’s only brand.  It’s named after the Popper family who owned the brewery for 100 years.

Beers

Popper Light 10%

Type: European pale lager
ABV: 4%

Popper’s light beer is made from Czech malt and hops. It’s golden in colour with a delicate hoppy aroma.

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Popper 12% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.7%

This beer is aged in a cellar for a long time, giving it a unique taste with a greater fullness and bitterness.

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Popper Tmavy 10%

Type: Tmavý
ABV: 4.2%

Popper’s dark beer has a delicious caramel flavour with a lower alcohol content.  It is popular among Slovak women and has received awards by the Slovak Association of Historical Brewers.

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Urpiner

Brewery: Banskobystrický Pivovar

Glass of Urpiner BeerUrpiner is brewed with traditional recipes. The beer is naturally aged for 50 days and consists of the best hops, malt grown in southern Slovakia, and local spring water from the surrounding hills of Banská Bystrica. Over the years, the brand has placed in many beer competitions including gold medals in Slovak and Czech contests.

Beers

Urpiner Classic 10%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4%

In 2010, this beer won Slovakia’s gold crown in the 10% category.  It has a medium to high crispness, is a clear golden colour, and will quench your thirst even after a physically demanding activity.

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Urpiner Premium 12%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Urpiner’s most popular beer.  In 2012 it won a silver medal in the European Beer Star competition in the “Bohemian Pilsner” category.  It was the only Slovak beer to bring home a medal.

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Urpiner Dark 11%

Style: Tmavý
ABV: 4.5%

This dark lager is based on an original recipe using water, three types of special malts and hops. It has a malt caramel flavour and aroma and is sweeter with a medium to high bitterness. In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice (Czech city where Budweiser was first brewed) Beer Festival.

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Urpiner Exclusive 16%

Type: Strong Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 6.5%

As far as Slovak beers go, this one has the highest alcohol content.  With a taste and smell of malt and hops and a distinctive bitterness, Urpiner Exclusive has won many medals in various Czech beer competitions.

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Urpiner Kaprál 11%

Type: Polotmavý/semi adrk lager
ABV: 4.5%

Kaprál translates to “corporal” but this beer is also known as Urpiner Desmod which is a Slovak metal band.  Desmod roughly translates to “blood thirsty bat”…  On the Urpiner site, if you display the page in English it will call the beer Urpiner Desmod.  Confusion aside, this beer has a slightly bitter taste with a mild malt and hop aroma.  In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice Beer Festival.

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Gemer

Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.3%

Gemer beerA traditional Slovak beer with the full flavour of malt. It’s named after the region in Slovakia where the beer was first produced. Production began in 1965 but the brewery was sold to Heineken and the Gemer brewery was closed. The beer is now brewed in Hurbanovo Brewery.

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Martiner

Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo

Martiner bottle of beer
Popular in the central part of Slovakia, Martiner was first brewed in 1894 in the town of Martin which, of course, is where it gets its name. In 2003 the brewery was bought by Heineken and production was moved to the Hurbanovo Brewery.

Beers

Martiner 12%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.6%

In 2009 this beer was presented with a silver crown by the Slovak Association of Producers of Beer and Malt.

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Martiner 10%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 3.8%

Martiner’s light beer is malt-y with a slight bitter taste.  It’s surprisingly rich for a beer with such a low alcohol content.

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