Sunday, 28 June 2020

Croatians Increasingly Drink Beer, Survey Shows

ZAGREB, June 28, 2020 - A total of 84.5% of Croatians drink beer and 8.8% do it every day, which is 3.7% more than two years ago, a survey shows. 

The survey was conducted in May 2020 by Ja Trgovac magazine and the Hendal market research agency on a representative sample of citizens aged 16 years and over.

It showed that 84.5% of the respondents drink beer, 2.8% fewer compared with a survey carried out two years ago before the world football championship in Russia. However, the number of those who drink beer every day increased from 5.1% to 8.8%.

Some 36% of those interviewed said that they drink beer several times a week, an increase of 6.3% from the previous survey, while 18.8% said they do so once a week, up from 12% two years ago. Slightly over 24% consume beer several times monthly, 7% once a month, and 4.8% several times a year, markedly down from 17.3% in 2018. Only 0.1% drink beer fewer than several times a year, compared with 5.5% two years ago.

More than half of the respondents, namely 56.2% (up 5.3%), drink beer at home or at friends' or relatives', while the number of those who enjoy a pint in a pub or a restaurant fell by 5.4% to 28.1%. The number of people who equally drink beer at home and in a pub remained unchanged at 15.6%.

The number of people who like industrially-brewed beer rose from 70.8% to 76.2%, while the number of those who prefer craft beer increased from 8.9% to 9.4%.

By far the most popular type of beer among Croatians is lager or pilsner (76.9%), ahead of fruit-flavored lagers (7.9%), ale (6.5%), wheat beer (3.9%), stout (2.8%) and alcohol-free beers (2%).

Saturday, 4 May 2019

New Medvedgrad Brewery to Open its Doors to Public Next Weekend

With dedication and commitment to quality and the improvement of every step of production, the Medvedgrad brewery is continuing to press forward, owing to the more than impressive result of their successful Funderbeam campaign.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 4th of May, 2019, the brand new Medvedgrad brewery has opened its doors. On Friday, the most modern brewery in the region and beyond was presented to journalists and investors, this is the culmination of both hard work and success in the year in which Medvedgrad is celebrating its 25th birthday.

Next Saturday, on May the 11th at 14:00, everything will be ready for the public, who the Medvedgrad brewery have invited to visit the premises, enjoy a variety of sixteen Medvedgrad's beers, a rich food supply and an open-air music program which will go on until midnight.

The new brewery is the result of a very successful Funderbeam campaign, which took place at the end of 2017, and through which a million euros was collected in a record nine days from 292 investors in 26 countries.

The work of Medvedgrad's masters which has been going on for more than a year now has been successfully completed, and its result now makes it possible to produce around 40,000 litres of beer in just one single day. The beer will now sit in a cellar with a capacity of almost 500,000 litres.

"This is the most beautiful present for our 25th birthday, but we're not going to stop there. We're organising the Fakin Craft Fest, a birthday party in the brewery's yard in September and the traditional beer distribution at the end of the year, when we'll distribute 2,500 litres of beer,'' stated Medvedgrad Brewery's Ivan Nauković.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Complete List of All Beer Festivals in Croatia in 2019!

Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish put together for a very comprehensive list of all of the beer festivals in Croatia to be held in 2019.

May 4, 5
4. Osijek CRAFT BEER Festival
Sunčana ulica, Osijek

Over 50 types of beer, brewery owners and master brewers, independent brewers and entertainment by local musicians.


May 10-12
Craft Beer & Burger Weekend 

On the terrace of the Continental Hotel, the best Croatian craft beers will be sold at the promotional prices: Daruvarska pivovara - 5th Element, Bura Brew, Zmajska pivovara, Primarius Craft Brewery, Međimurski Lepi Dečki, Nova runda.


May 16-19
Zagreb Beer Fest 2019
Trg Francuske Republike, Zagreb

The biggest Croatian open-air beer and music festival.


May 18
Hombre - homebrew festival Osijek


At the fair location called Pampas, a homebrew festival will take place, and you can participate if you bring a keg per person.

May 17, 18
Dani piva 2019. Daruvarske pivovare

Daruvar Main Square will host the second day of the festival organized by their local brewery, Daruvarska pivovara.


May 23-2
R'n'B Weekend
Glyptotheque, Medvedgradska 2, Zagreb

Combining best of music, food and drinks, organized by an expert Tomo Ricov, should be an interesting novelty.


May 31 - June 2
Beerfest Sjever IX
Ivana Novaka 38, Čakovec

Beerfest North to be held at Stari Hrast, industrial site converted to the heart of Čakovec, hosted by Lepi Dečki Brewery.


May 31 - June 2
PICNIC 2, Festival craft piva i roštilja
Muzejski trg 1, Rijeka

70 top craft beers in Croatia, exquisite burgers and a wide selection of whiskey and gin.

May 31 - June 1
Beeram domaće

Trg Vinkovačkih jeseni, Vinkovci

12 craft breweries are participating, Prljavo kazalište and Psihomodopop are performing, festival glass sold for 10 kn only! 

June 7
Fakin Craft Fest: 25 pivovara za 25 godina Medvedgrada
Fakin, Zagreb

To celebrate their 25th birthday, Fakin will hold an open-air festival, with 25 breweries participating.


June 14-17
Križevačko veliko spravišče

Beer day of the biggest party in Križevci will take place on Friday!


June 14, 15
Dubrovnik Craft Beer Festival

Solitudo Camping

Over a hundred different types and styles of beer at one of the most amazing locations!


June 15
Craft Beer Festival Županja 3
MKC Županja, B. J. Jelačića 2b


June 29
XI Požeška krigla 2019
Stari Fenjeri, Turnić kraj Požege

Over 40 brewers offering their beers, at a location that's inviting you to camp, barbeque and party outside for the entire weekend.


June 29
Zmajevo 2019. - festival craft piva i muzike
Zmajska pivovara, Zagreb, Jankomir

Zmajska Pivovara on Jankomir will host another open-air festival of craft beers and music, with numerous bands and over 25 beers - including some international ones.


July 19-21
S.A.R.S. Music & Beer festival Sinj

Amateur rock festival first started in 2003 and has become an important beer location as well.


August 15-17
Novogradiško glazbeno ljeto

This is the main event of the summer in Nova Gradiška, and it includes a beer evening with the best local craft beers.


August 16
Craft Beer Festival Punat

September 5, 6
Medulin Craft Beer


September 5-7
Zadar Craft Beer Festival
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV., Zadar

Over a hundred types of beer, an amazing line-up of performers, free entry, well-known central location in Zadar!


September 28

Tasting of the homebrewed beers by the people of Križevci and region.


September 28 - October 6
Istra & Craft Beer Festival

Festival for the small, independent craft breweries, celebrating the culture of the streets, ambitiously taking a full week!

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Carlsberg Croatia Signs Cooperation Agreement with Croatian University

An unusual but excellent agreement on cooperation signed between one Croatian university and Carlsberg Croatia is set to bring students closer to their potential employers, and connect theory and practice to help keep young people in Koprivnica.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 16th of November, 2018, on Wednesday, November the 14th, 2018, a press conference was held at the North University at the University Centre in Koprivnica, where the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Koprivnica educational facility and no less than Carlsberg Croatia was held. The press conference was attended by Helle M. Petersen, the president of Carlsberg Croatia's management board, dr. sc. Mario Tomiša, the vice president of the Koprivnica University Centre, associate professor. dr. sc. Vlado Tropša, the vice chancellor for teaching and student affairs, as well as other heads of study programs of the aforementioned University.

With signing the said cooperation agreement, a period begins in which students and the Koprivnica brewery (part of the Danish Carlsberg Group) are expected to find ways to work together. Student practices, the visiting of various experts from Carlsberg at the university, as well as connecting through other projects will be mutually beneficial.

Helle M. Petersen, CEO of Carlsberg Croatia, noted during the introductory part of the conference: "The collaboration of the economy and educational institutions is the only safe way for the whole society to progress. Koprivnica is a wonderful place to live, with many advantages offered by its residents, and for young people to remain here we need to connect a professional perspective to it, too. At Carlsberg, we're proud that we've always been a learning organisation and have been developing our people, and that's why we want young people to recognise the benefits of working in an international environment, a company that deals with such a passionate and interesting thing, as is beer production.''

Assoc. prof. dr. sc. Mario Tomiša emphasised that this cooperation will strengthen the link between Koprivnica and international companies: "Koprivnica is a small town, and we who were born here have been living with Carlsberg since our youth, our family, friends and our associates work there, the Carlsberg connection is a long-standing and powerful one, and North University wants this link to be deepened even further, to the satisfaction of all three sides.''

During the conference, Tomiša emphasised that the agreement encompasses cooperation on scientific research and professional projects, cooperation on teaching at the university in question, as well as in the development of knowledge, skills and competences of students.

"We're happy that Carlsberg Croatia has recognised the quality of our studies and has decided to support us in an effort to provide students with more through their studies. Lifelong education, programs which connect theory and practice, and connecting students with their potential employers; these are all areas in which the university has impressive results. This year, the university opened up a new undergraduate degree in Food Technology, and in the second and third year, we focus on beer production. Today, we have 27 study programs at the university, so we can cooperate with Carlsberg on a series of other directions such as economic and technical logistics, sustainable mobility and logistics, media design, business, and management,'' concluded Tomiša.

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Carlsberg Plans to Release New Packaging, Date for Croatian Market Unknown

More stringent rules across the European Union's single market have given rise to new things.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Croatia's ''Fifth Element'' Craft Beer Goes from Strength to Strength

''We want to position ourselves as a company that produces quality handmade beer in a real craft fashion,'' says director Siniša Lukač.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Croatian Beer Market Still Feeling Effects Of World Cup High

Croats are turning more and more towards craft beer, and this summer many craft beer bars had TV's showing the World Cup, contributing to beer sales.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Zagreb Brewery Presents New Beer Oriented Tourist Attraction

With the craft beer craze continuing to take the country by storm, have you ever wondered about Zagreb's beer brewing past?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Solar Energy to Produce Beer in Karlovac

Heineken has set up a solar power plant in Karlovac which will produce 395,000 kWh per year.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Poreč's Bura Beer Targets Germany

As Croatia's craft beer revoluton continues, one Poreč brewery is doing exceptionally well out of it.

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