Beer in Croatia is, undoubtedly, the most popular alcoholic beverage. The Republic of Croatia is very developed in the so-called. “Coffee culture”, and restaurants are always full, in the morning, mostly with hot drinks, coffee and tea, and in the evening with alcoholic and soft drinks. Beer and wine are consumed with food at least once a day (usually every day) at restaurants and cafe bars.
Here are some of the main brands of beer in Croatia.
The Zagreb brewery was founded in 1892 when it was shown that small Zagreb craftsmen brewers from the Upper Town were not able to produce enough beer for a city that is increasingly spreading and growing. The most important brand of the brewery is beer Ozujsko which appears in the form of Cool and Psenicno as well as Lemon and Grapefruit, not to mention the black beer Tomislav.
The tradition of brewing in Karlovac dates back to 1854 year. Today Karlovac Brewery holds firmly the second place in the Croatian beer market. The range of the brewery includes: Karlovacko light, Karlovacko Rally (non-alcoholic beer), Karlovacko Radler, Heineken, Gösser, Gösser Dark, Kaiser, Edelweiss Snowfresh, Golden Brau and Desperados.
The smallest one of the trio of leading Croatian brewery is Koprivnica’s Carlsberg Croatia. Pannonian brewery was founded in 1971 as part of Podravka, and already in 1972 started cooperation with Carlsberg when in Koprivnica began to fill Tuborg. Their most important brand of beer is Pan, Pan is appears as the Gold Pan and Pan Bez, and Pan Radler Lemon and Pan Radler Orange. As part of the Carlsberg Group brewery in Koprivnica has to offer and brands Carlsberg, Tuborg, Holsten, Budweiser Budvar, Guinness and Kilkenny. In recent years, the brewery has expanded its range with Somersby cider.
Osijek brewery with an installed annual capacity of 500,000 hectolitres of today’s production is the largest brewery in the Croatian property. The tax books from 1697 mention the production of beer in Osijek (Tvrdjavica and Varos). In their offer brand of Osjecko offers Light, Black, Festive and Biker beer, Radler and Black Radler, the first such brand in Croatia and in the wider region.
Daruvar Brewery is the oldest Croatian brewery industry and the only brewery outside of the Czech Republic which produces beer to traditional Czech technology which makes it unique in the region. Brand Starocesko is the oldest beer brand in Croatia, and is used from 1893. Brewery Daruvar offer brand Starocesko Light, Winter and Red Premium beer and beer lower price points Desetka. Starocesko Lemon combines lager beer and lemon juice for all lovers of Radler.
Velebit beer was in 2003 at the fair of beer in Oxford rated as the second best in the world. Brewery Licanka products Dark Velebit beer and Kasacko beer In addition to Bright Velebit beer. These are pure, natural products with raw spring water and one of the few with no preservatives, emulsifiers or additives.
The beer market in Croatia as well as in other neighbouring countries is still in development, because of the high share of on-trade consumption as a result of tourism activities in Croatia.
In the recent years, the world’s beer production takes place in Craft Revolution.
Craft is a term used for small and independent producers who in the production of beer apply highly innovative and experimental approach. Their beers are special because the production approach is passionately and creatively with making unconventional recipes.
Craft beers come in small volumes of production and it is slowly becoming more prevalent in the market.
Number of independent producers in the world and in the Croatia is increasing. Croatian craft breweries have more and more followers who are not reluctant to pay more for a quality product.