Zlaty Bazant Releases New Wheat Beer

Golden Pheasant Wheat BeerWheat beer fans in Slovakia can now buy local. Zlaty Bazant, Slovakia’s most popular beer, has released its first wheat beer called Zlaty Bazant Wheat. It’s made with 50% wheat malt, 45% barley malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Like most wheat beers, it’s top fermented and unfiltered. Percentage wise, it’s a little on the low side at 4% ABV. Grab a 500 ml bottle or find one of the 200 or so bars that serves it on tap. Let’s hope this step outside of the pilsener world is just one of many.

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Kaltenecker: The Future of Beer in Slovakia

Kaltenecker Brewery LogoLocated in the small city of Rožňava in the southwest part of Slovakia, Kaltenecker Brewery has made a name for itself despite its modest location. It’s done this the best way a brewery can — through the taste of its beer. Ratebeer.com, currently the largest beer rating website, tells the story: The top three rated Slovak beers are made by Kaltenecker. Six out of the top ten are Keltenecker beers. At the very top of the list is their imperial stout, Kaltenecker Archa a beer that they no longer make. It’s also important to point out that Kaltenecker’s beers receive a high number of votes. They aren’t at the top of the list because only a few people have tried them and given them rave reviews. In fact, considering a lot of the brewery’s beers are only made for a limited time, and only available in a limited number of places, they are getting serious attention from the beer-lover’s community. Producing about 1.5 million litres of beer a year, Kaltenecker Brewery is only a few 100 thousand litres away from stepping out of the “microbrewery” category. Of course, this doesn’t really mean anything when considering the taste of their brew, but as the brewery expands, the joy it brings spreads further. I, for one, want to jump on a plane back to Slovakia to see what I’m missing.

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Radlers on the Rise

smadny mnich lemon radlerAmerican beverage research specialists, Canadean have written a report about Slovakia’s beer market. The 94 page article analyzes the country’s brands, brewers, packaging, distribution, pricing, and more. It found that the popularity of the lower alcohol beer mixes, such as lemon radlers, are rising. The report attributes this to a change in the Slovak lifestyle. Large corporate businesses establishing themselves in the country has left the Slovak’s busier than ever. This new hectic lifestyle calls for convenience, and produces a more money-conscious worker. Because lower alcohol beers are cheaper and don’t inebriate one as much, they are becoming a popular beverage option. It also reports that women and young people are the main drinkers of this new beer blend. Young people, because they like to try new things. Women, because traditional beer isn’t to their taste.

To read the full report you can go here and pay over $6000 for it… Or you can hug and kiss some poisonous snakes… Or even worse, you can drink a fruit infused beer. Bleh!

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Slovak Golden Crown Beer Awards 2013

Gold Crown Beer awardsThe results are in. Slovakia’s most prestigious beer awards took place on June 13th with 13 breweries competing — the highest in competition history. Sixty-seven beers were anonymously evaluated by judges in a 20° air-conditioned room.  The beers were stored at 8-12°C.  They don’t take this competition lightly.
In the 10° category, Steiger took the gold with Zlaty Bazant coming in second, and Topvar taking home the bronze.

The 12° category had Saris winning the gold. The silver and bronze were both taken home by Steiger Brewery with Stein 12% taking the silver and Steiger 11% taking the bronze.
As for dark beers, Zlaty Bazant 10% Tmavy was first overall, Topvar 11% Tmavy was second, and Saris Red took the bronze.

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Topvar’s Most Beautiful Competition

2012 Topvar Barmaid BeautyEvery year Topvar holds a competition to name the most beautiful waitress or bartender. They are currently voting on it. Have your say by going to the Topvar site and selecting your favourite. The winner gets to be featured in Topvar ads and, of course, wins a bunch of beer. Furthermore, the bar of the winning girl wins €2000 worth of marketing, including advice from some wiz marketing team. Additionally, 12 girls will be chosen to be featured in Topvar’s 2014 calendar. Winners will be announced on August 2nd. Remember, your vote is your voice. Make your dick voice heard.

NOTE: The link will probably redirect to their age confirmation page. Put in your date of birth and press the “pokravocat” button. Then click “Aktualne Akcie” to be taken to the current events page. On the left side of the page, click “sutaz o najkrajsiu barmanku” for the competition, then “hlasovanie fotogaleria” to see the photos of the girls. Click the photo to see it full-sized or click “Hlasovat” to vote for the girl.

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The Commercials of Zlaty Bazant

In Slovakia, Zlatý Bažant is known for its television commercials. They are funny, sometimes overtly sexual, and often make you want to drink down some beer. Although, most things make me want to drink down a nice, cold, frothy brew. Enjoy one as you watch this collection of Zlaty Bazant commercials.

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Slovak Company Selling Beer Cosmetics

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Pivna Kozmetika is a company out of Žilina, Slovakia that is selling soaps, shampoos, and bath salts that are made out of beer.  They claim that beer has polyphenolic substances in it that will increase the strength, gloss, and volume of your hair.  For 9.90€ you can get a gift package that contains a 300ml bottle of beer shampoo and a 300ml of beer balm.

Have a look their website and the half naked woman that endorses the product.

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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.

Read the Full Article

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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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Slovak Beer Infographic

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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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