Years ago, visitors to Serbia were faced with a conveyor belt of rakija when it came to imbibing too much alcohol in the long Belgrade evenings. The times they have changed however, and the craft beer revolution has well and truly made its way to this corner of the continent. Beer doesn’t get much better than these breweries.
All scenes have to start somewhere, and the Belgrade craft beer revolution began as recently as 2014. Kabinet was the first to plough this popular furrow in the country, and it remains every bit as popular and forward-thinking today as it did then. The beer is pretty darn good, too, with everything from IPAs to porters and spicy beers on offer.
While many independent breweries have a tendency to spread their brewing nets far and wide with a variety of beers and flavours, Salto decided on a different path. The brewery produces one beer, but that beer is as good as anything you will find in Belgrade and beyond. There is no hit and miss here, Salto is a beer that guarantees quality.
Beer is for sharing, right? Well, not your actual pint, of course, but the experience of drinking beer is accentuated to no end by doing so in a social environment. Dogma Brewery understands this, and the experience of the ale is every bit as important as the ingredients here. That isn’t to say the taste is lacking – far from it. The brewery concocts three regular beers along with a host of seasonal varieties, providing something for everyone along the way.
No messing about here. From the easily recognisable logo all the way to the scope of drinks, Crow is here to make beer and have a good time drinking it. It produces IPAs, porters, stouts, fruit beers and the rest, with the Red IPA deserving some extra attention. Crow beers can also be found all over Belgrade, although they are all brewed in Vranovo (a small town near Smederevo).
The term ‘brewtopia’ is getting close to saturation, but it is still relevant every now and then. It is definitely so when it comes to Kaš, Its beers are free from preservatives and other additives, guaranteeing a fresh, crisp taste by the time the beer leaves the glass and hits the lips. It also offers team building days at the brewery in Zemun, which is guaranteed to improve morale in even the most demoralised company.
The Black Turtle
No discussion about beer in Belgrade is complete without at least a passing mention of The Black Turtle, if not a full-blown adoration hour in honour of the institution. The Black Turtle was experimenting with beer when everyone else was stuck drinking watery industrial brews, and no brewery deserves the term ‘trailblazer’ more. Its branded pubs are all over the city, and you can’t go wrong by popping into any of them, although the Dorćol spot holds a special place in our heart of hearts.