Brewery: Banskobystrický Pivovar

Glass of Urpiner BeerUrpiner is brewed with traditional recipes. The beer is naturally aged for 50 days and consists of the best hops, malt grown in southern Slovakia, and local spring water from the surrounding hills of Banská Bystrica. Over the years, the brand has placed in many beer competitions including gold medals in Slovak and Czech contests.


Urpiner Classic 10%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4%

In 2010, this beer won Slovakia’s gold crown in the 10% category.  It has a medium to high crispness, is a clear golden colour, and will quench your thirst even after a physically demanding activity.



Urpiner Premium 12%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Urpiner’s most popular beer.  In 2012 it won a silver medal in the European Beer Star competition in the “Bohemian Pilsner” category.  It was the only Slovak beer to bring home a medal.



Urpiner Dark 11%

Style: Tmavý
ABV: 4.5%

This dark lager is based on an original recipe using water, three types of special malts and hops. It has a malt caramel flavour and aroma and is sweeter with a medium to high bitterness. In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice (Czech city where Budweiser was first brewed) Beer Festival.



Urpiner Exclusive 16%

Type: Strong Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 6.5%

As far as Slovak beers go, this one has the highest alcohol content.  With a taste and smell of malt and hops and a distinctive bitterness, Urpiner Exclusive has won many medals in various Czech beer competitions.



Urpiner Kaprál 11%

Type: Polotmavý/semi adrk lager
ABV: 4.5%

Kaprál translates to “corporal” but this beer is also known as Urpiner Desmod which is a Slovak metal band.  Desmod roughly translates to “blood thirsty bat”…  On the Urpiner site, if you display the page in English it will call the beer Urpiner Desmod.  Confusion aside, this beer has a slightly bitter taste with a mild malt and hop aroma.  In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice Beer Festival.


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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

Banskobystricky Brewery beer kettle


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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