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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I’ve tried most of the popular Slovak-made beers and I have to say that it’s a tight race to the top. Below is a list of links to other sites that have ranked beers from Slovakia. Hopefully, it’ll help guide you on your tasting journey through the Slovak Republic.
Rate Beer is the beer-drinker’s go-to site for beer ratings.
- Kaltenecker Chopper IPA Grand Champion 2012
- Kaltenecker Brokát 27 B27 Old Beer
- Zlatý Bažant 19% Medový Porter
- Kaltenecker White Shadow 15º
- Bratislavský Bubák 12º Tmavé
Itchy Feet on the Cheap
Boy oh boy this is a good site. I think it’s because I made it. My girlfriend and I sampled all the Slovak and Czech beers that we could find in Bratislava. The reviews are very informal and were mainly written as entertainment and for our own amusement. At any rate, the ratings are how we felt at the time.
- Zlaty Bazant
- Topvar 12º
- Smadny Mnich
- Topvar Zochar Tmavé
- Stein 12º
- Steiger 11º
Of course, the most popular beer doesn’t mean that it’s the best. In fact, considering the most popular beer in America is Bud Light and Coors Light takes the title in Canada, I’d say: 1) people are dumb and 2) popularity doesn’t equal taste — not in the slightest. That being said, I thought I’d include this list of the top 3 Slovak beers sold in 2012:
- Zlatý Bažant 10º
- Saris 12%
If you have a favourite beer from Slovakia, please let us know what it is in the comments.
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In most countries, the strength of a beer refers the percentage of alcohol by volume or ABV. In Slovakia, and other parts of central Europe, the beer’s strength is thought to be the amount of fermentable material used to make the beer. If you look at a bottle of beer in Slovakia you’ll often see a large number with a percent sign after it (usually between 10 and 12%). Many of the beers even incorporate the number in their names (Steiger 10% Classic, Topvar 12% Premium). This often leads to people thinking that the beers are 12% alcohol but in reality they are probably 3-5% ABV. The number simply means that 12% of the ingredients’ density is made up of fermentable materials.
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Bratislava 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.
Posted in Drinking In Slovakia and tagged beer, bratislava, brewpub, microbrewery, pivo, slovakia by The Beermaster with 5 comments.