Kachelmann

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

The Kachelmann brand only has one beer:

Kachelmann 8% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 3.3%

An extremely light beer that’s good for re-hydrating between regular beers.  Surprisingly bitter for such a light drink.

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Sitňan

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

The only beer under this brand is:

Sitňan 12% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Popular with the brewery locals.  This is a high quality, traditionally brewed beer with full flavours and an intense bitterness.

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Steiger

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

Bottle of Steiger Light beerQuite possibly, the first beer brewed in Slovakia.  The Steiger brewery dates back to 1473.  Over 500 years later, Steiger is still using traditional brewing techniques and basic brewing ingredients.  They strive to remain a traditional regional brand, with availability throughout Slovakia.

Beers

Steiger 10% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.1%

A pale golden beer that is thirst quenching and very light.

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Steiger 11% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.5%

Mild hops, medium bitterness, highly refreshing.  A light golden color with sparkling clarity.

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Steiger 11% Dark/Tmavy

style: Tmavy
ABV: 4.5%

With a beautiful dark color and a unique smell, Steiger’s dark lager is one of their best beers.  It has a sweetness to it which, according to their website, will please women drinkers.  In Slovakia they will often make a sort of “black and tan” or “half and half” with dark and light lagers.

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Steiger 12% Premium

style: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

The finest malt and hops are traditionally cooked to make this beer.  The locals in the brewery’s area will swear by it, but beer drinkers that are new to it may swear at it.

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Smädný Mních

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Thirsty Monk beer coasterSmadny Mnich, or Thirsty Monk came on the market in 1993. It quickly became popular — partially because of the marketing, but also because of its light, refreshing taste. It’s slogan translates out to “A beer for anyone who’s thirsty” and its logo features a happy monk with a beer.

Beers

Smädný Mních 10%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.3%

Produced from a special pale malt, Thirsty Monk 10% has a rich, dense and durable foam with a refreshing taste.

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Smädný Mních Radler

Type: radler
ABV: 2%

With only 2% alcohol, I hardly consider this a beer, but I decided to include it anyways. Radlers (basically a shandy) are becoming more popular in Slovakia. If you are looking for a refreshing summer drink, this is it. It’s made with natural lemon juice.

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Topvar

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Topvar bottle of beerTopvar has been making beer for 47 years. Their beers are known for their pleasant bitterness which can be credited to the fact that they triple-hop them. They’re owned by SABmiller and their motto roughly translates to “giving people the soul of beer”.  They are the first Slovakian brewery to receive a certificate of quality from Lloyd’s of London.

Beers

Topvar 12% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Bitter, malty and full, Topvar’s 12% Lager is a beer-drinker’s beer. They stick to their original recipe and always use the freshest ingredients.

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Topvar 10% Light

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.1%

A light beer with the bitterness of a regular beer.

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Topvar 11% Tmavy

Type: Tmavy
ABV: 4.1%

Dark beers aren’t that popular in Slovakia but it’s not because they don’t have any good options.  Sweet with a caramel base, Topvar Dark will satisfy you as it satisfies judges, winning 10 gold medals in Slovak beer competitions.

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Šariš

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Saris beer bottleFirst brewed in 1967, the Šariš (pronounced sharish) products are a well known and trusted brand.  They’re now being produced by the brewery-giant SABmiller but the original recipes have not been touched.

Beers

Šariš 12%

Style: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Produced using a two-phase fermentation from light malt, this is the pride of the Saris brand and was awarded 3 gold medals in the Monde Selection competition.

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Šariš 11% Tmavý

Style: Tmavý
ABV: 4.1%

Saris’ dark beer.  It is brewed from four kinds of special malt and the best hops.  A perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

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Šariš Svetlý 10%

Style: European pale lager
ABV: 4.1%

Saris’ light beer is also its first beer.  It’s an easy drinking, refreshing brew.

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Šariš Red

Style: Polotmavý
ABV: 4.7%

Their newest beer.  It’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to drink.

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Šariš Nefiltrované

Style: Unfiltered Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Saris is doing something very special with this.  It’s only available in selected bars on tap.  By removing the filtering process and using advanced tapping equipment, Saris is insuring this beer hits your glass as fresh as it can be.  Find a pub that serves this beer (click the “Nepasterizovaný Saris z tanku” button).

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Bytča Brewery

Popper Brewery gates

Sakalovej 158/39
014 24 Bytca
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Tel.č.: 041/555 70 11
Mobil: +421 903 576 455
sekretariat@popper.sk
website

History

The brewery dates back to the 16th century when the Thurzos family owned the Bytca estate.  The only evidence we have that there was a brewery there comes from the property’s inventory document.  In Latin, it states “Here is a brewery”.  The estate was taken over by the Esterházy family who controlled the property until the 1860s when it was sold to timber mogul, Leopold Popper.  The estate, including a castle and the brewery, stayed in the Popper family for 100 years.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the brewery was forced to update its technologies or be left behind.  Steam technology was replaced by electric.  Business was going well until World War II, when production slowed down considerably.  This setback lasted longer than the war.  Competition became fierce and Popper had to fight to stay alive.  Things didn’t turn around until a Slovak bank became the majority owner.  They modernized equipment and the brewery expanded its production to 80,000 hectalitres a year.

When the war ended the brewery was nationalized.  It joined the organization Central Breweries and Soft Drink Factories N.P. and production increased through the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Currently, the brewery is controlled by the Slovak Society.  The company has gone through a bit of an image change, updating their marketing but still producing traditional, classically mulled beer.

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Banskobystrický Brewery

Sládkovičova 37
974 05 Banska Bystrica
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Tel: +421 48 416 18 11
Fax: +421 48 416 35 76
pivovar@pivovarbb.sk
website

Banskobystricky Brewery beer kettle

History

The history of beer in the Banska Bystrica region dates back to the 1500s when the town was booming due to the plethora of copper they were pulling out of the local mines.  It is believed that colonizing Germans first brought beer to the area.  By the 17th century, over 80 breweries were established.  When the guild system broke down, what’s now known as Banskobysticky Brewery was built. It was one of the quickest breweries to expand and started shipping beer as far as Budapest and Vienna.  Although the equipment was old fashioned and all of the brewing was done by hand, they were able to produce 5,000 hectolitres of beer a year.

In 1942, the brewery was taken over by Jan Benus, who updated the brewing equipment and, within two years, brought the brewing capacity up to 20,000 hectolitres.

Banskobystricky Brewery from outside.

In 1968, Banskobystricky Brewery began construction on a new brewery.  Three years later, the Urpin Brewery was complete.  It was capable of producing 350,000 hectolitres of beer per year.  The problem was, the demand wasn’t that high as foreign beers were rapidly coming into the market.  The company struggled but has since gained a solid foothold in the brewing industry.  In 2007, the company invested over 2 million euros into modernizing its brewing technology.  They are now growing their business and can proudly say that they did it without any foreign capital.  They are truly a Slovak brand.

Information on brewery tours.

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Brewery Hurbanovo

Hurbanovo Brewery Slovakia

Novozámocká 2, 947 12 Hurbanovo
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Tel: +421 35-765 42 61
Fax: +421 35-765 41 36
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History

Founded in 1967, Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) Brewery was built in Hurbanovo. The location was carefully chosen because of it’s warm climate (the warmest in Slovakia) and its altitude (about 115 metres about sea level). These conditions made it ideal for growing hops. Furthermore, the water in the heineken and zlaty bazant glassesarea is plentiful and of excellent quality. Production began in 1969 and it didn’t take long for the brewery to build a market. Having the newest brewing technology and high quality ingredients, allowed the brewery to penetrate the global market. In 1971 they became the first beer company in Eastern Europe to package their beer in cans. This transformation required a lot of work and ultimately resulted in the decision to become a joint stock company. In 1995, the company merged with Heineken. This helped them expand further internationally and allowed them to update their malting house. Other Slovak brewers were purchased by Heineken and their productions was moved to the brewery in Hurbanovo. Today Hurbanovo has one of the largest malting operations in Europe with much of it being exported across the world.

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Steiger Brewery

Vyhne č.24,966 02 Vyhne.
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Tel: 045 – 6772116
Fax: 045 – 6772234
sekretariat@steiger.sk
website

Aerial shot of Steiger Brewery.

History

Slovakia’s oldest brewery was built in 1473 by the Knights Templar in the Banska Bystrica region.  This turned out to be a good choice of location, as over the years the brewery would find success selling to the miners that dominated the work force of the area.  Miners in the area often refer to beer as liquid bread and they often drank it while they worked.

Since 1473, the brewery has undergone many rebuilds and changed owners several times.  Production went up and down, depending on the times.  During times of war, sales would increase, however, during the German occupation in World War II Jaroslav Raiman, the director of operations was killed and many of the workers were arrested.  This put a halt on production until December of 1944 when the brewery slowly started making beer again.    During the communist era, more people drank beer and business peaked.  In 1958 they sold 280-300 thousand hectoliters.  It wasn’t until 2004 that the brewery became what it is today.  The name Steiger Pivovar was adopted in April of 2006 and it became the companies main brand of beer.  In 2007, Stein brewery moved their production from Bratislava, the countries capital, to the Steiger brewery.  Steiger Brewery currently represent only 6-10% of the beer sales in Slovakia.

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