What’s special about this festival, taking place in Zagreb on the 2nd of September, 2017? What sets it apart from other festivals you see taking place in the region? Well, for one thing, it is organized by someone who has been heavily involved in the local beer scene for a long, long time, my good friend Miroslav Šuvak of Nova Runda.
Miro’s idea for the festival is to create a showcase for not only local craft breweries, but to also make sure that they are taken good care of and that the brewers have fun at the festival and are available for attendees to interact with. They will be promoting their beers, of course, but you can also chat with them for some insight on their beers and pick up some tips and tricks.
This kind of way of running a festival helps to foster a spirit of community among professional brewers, homebrewers and beer geeks of all kinds which is not only good for the scene but also a helluva lot of fun.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”Kinky Friedman
The festival also features independent bands and street foods. While it is not one of those festivals where the beer is an afterthought, it does have a bit wider range of focus than simply going and getting hammered. The bands are not yet announced but there will be four live bands performing and filling the night with music starting at 19:00. There will also be three street food vendors including Rocket Burger Grill from Zagreb.
And in addition to this there will be four breweries coming from Spain to pour their beer, which offers a rare opportunity for people in Croatia to try some fresh, draft craft beer from Spain, which, like Croatia, has a rapidly growing craft beer scene.
Another real standout for me is Sori Brewing who will make the trip all the way from Estonia. They began by crowd funding their brewery and have done a great job with their beers. I had the pleasure of drinking their beer in London at a festival a couple of years ago and can say that they are well worth seeking out and reason enough to come to the festival.
There will be 10 new, exclusive beers on offer at the festival, so no matter how widely you have drank, you will find something new and exciting to try.
Rounding out the festival, our good friends from Craft Room, Hop In Craft Beer Bar and ALL IN will be pouring some beers that have previously not been poured in Croatia. Leading up to the festival, there will also be some “meet the brewer” events held at these pubs where you will get a chance to preview some of the beers from the foreign brewers and chat with them.
And if that isn’t enough for you, there should also be some educational panels for you brewers and beer geeks who want to learn something about craft beer and brewing.
Doors open at 15:00.
Festival location is the big yard of the music club Močvara in Zagreb.
To keep up to date with announcements and information about the festival, like and follow the Beeryard Facebook event page.
Tickets are currently 40 kuna but will go up to 50 kuna on the day of the festival. Don’t miss out. Buy tickets here:
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