Beer in Serbia
Beer in Serbia (Serbian language: пиво / pivo) is not well known or famous outside of its national borders.
Beer for home consumption is mostly sold in 0.5-litre bottles of deposit type (reused) and 0.33-litre glass bottles, as well as cans. Recently, most breweries began packing their product in plastic Q-pack bottles of 1.5, 2 or even 2.5 litres. In bars and restaurants, beer is either served in 0.33 or 0.5L bottles, or as "draught" (točeno).
Serbia does not have legislation that limits liquor sales to specific licensed places. Hence beer (and any other liquor) can be purchased anywhere, including kiosks, supermarkets, grocery shops, gas stations and convenience shops, though sales to underage persons is prohibited.
Pale lager dominates in Serbia, and dark lager, while being popular, is produced in smaller quantities. Some breweries produce kvass. Some European and American brands are distributed, while some are produced locally under license (mostly by its respective brand owners).
Which brew is the best, and indeed which brews are good or bad is, of course, a disputed subject.
In a February 2004, in an online poll conducted by krstarica.com, the largest Serbian search engine, 5304 visitors voted on what is the "best domestic beer". The winner was Jelen, with 30% of the votes, followed by MB (26%), and Nikšićko (16%) (produced in present-day Montenegro), while all other brews received 7% or less votes.
Breweries and beers
- Apatin: Apatin Brewery (majority owned by Molson Coors)
- Jelen pivo
- Pils Light
- Čelarevo: Carlsberg Srbija (owned by Carlsberg brewery group)
- Novi Sad: Pivara MB (owned by Heineken International)
- MB Premium
- MB Pils
- MB Swartz
- MB Dunkel
- Zaječar: Zaječarska pivara (owned by Heineken International)
- Zaječarsko pivo
- Pils plus
- Nikola Pašić - dark beer
- Belgrade: BIP (brewery)
- Premium Pils
- Ruski kvas - kvass
- Valjevo: Valjevska pivara
- Valjevsko pivo
- Atlas Pils
- Jagodina: Jagodinska pivara
- Jagodinsko pivo
- Simbol (export brew)
- Jagodinsko pivo
- Niš: Niška pivara
- Appel pivo (only in 0.33l bottles)
- Pančevo: Pančevačka pivara (acquired by Efes Beer Group in 2003) - obsolete since 2008
- Pančevačko ekstra
- Belo - Wiefert
- Weifert tamno
- Zrenjanin: Zrenjaninska industrija piva (ZIP)
- Rooster Beer
- Old Gold - light and dark
- Gerber's - light and dark
- Vršac - obsolete since 2010
- Zoffmann (two varieties: light and dark)
- Natural Beer
- Kosmaj: Kabinet Brewery
In Nemenikuce, next to Kosmaj, is the place of the first Serbian craft brewery that does unfiltered and unpasteurized beers like India Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, Belgian Blond, Porter and more, the name is Kabinet Brewery,
- Ritiševo: Pivara Ritiševo
- Krugher & Brent
Foreign brands brewed in Serbia
- Apatin Brewery (Apatin): Beck's, Stella Artois, Staropramen
- Carlsberg Srbija (Čelarevo near Bačka Palanka): Carlsberg, Tuborg
- Heineken Srbija (Novi Sad and Zaječar): Amstel, Heineken, Efes
Belgrade Beer Fest
Started in 2003, Belgrade Beer Fest is held annually over 3–4 days at the foot of Belgrade's Kalemegdan fortress as a showcase event for various beer producers. In addition to domestic and foreign brews at affordable prices, the festival features live music performances each evening. It has quickly grown in size and popularity. On 31 December 2005 British daily The Independent named it as one of the worldwide events to visit in 2006.
Dani Piva (Beer Days) is a beer festival in Zrenjanin, started in 1985, organised by the Zrenjanin brewery (Zrenjaninska industrija piva).
- Beer and breweries by region
- Beer portal
- Serbia portal
- "Belgrade Beer Fest - Vest". 2006.belgradebeerfest.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- "Blic Online | Popilo se 600.000 litara piva". Blic.rs. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- On-line "best domestic beer" poll, krstarica.com
- "Carlsberg Srbija". Carlsbergsrbija.rs. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- "Beogradska industrija piva" (in Serbian). BIP. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Valjevska pivara
- "Zatvara se Pančevačka pivara". Pancevo.co.rs. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Pivara Bečej
- "regionalni poslovni portal". SEEbiz.eu. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Belgrade Beer Fest, www.belgradebeerfest.com
- Where in the world will you be? The Independent, 31 Dec 2005.
- "Dani Piva". Danipiva.rs. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
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- b92.net: Efes Weifert: Manji gubici za 22%, 6 July 2007 (Serbian)