8 Microbreweries You Must Try in Slovakia


Freelance Travel Writer

Similar to the Czech Republic, the history of beer in Slovakia dates back hundreds of years. Beer was often produced in monasteries and served to royalty in Bratislava’s Castle; today Slovaks are still proud of their long history and reputation for high-quality beer. When it comes to beer consumption per capita, Slovakia consistently ranks in the top 20 countries worldwide. Slovaks are passionate about the quality of their beer, so while you could drink a can of the infamous Zlaty Bazant (what Bud Light is to America or what Carling is to the UK), why not try one of the many diverse Slovak microbreweries throughout the country during your trip?

1. Fabrika the Beer Pub

Gastropub, Restaurant, Pub, Contemporary, European

Fabrika serves five of their best beers on draft year-round, as well as some outstanding tanks from popular brewers in the region, such as Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus. The best beer at Fabrika might be the Fabrika 12° Weizen, a light wheat beer that smells amazing and tastes of citrus fruits, nutmeg, vanilla, and a hint of banana. The Fabrika 12° lager, the Fabrika 14° APA, and the FABRIKA 12° Weizen are all great choices and brewed onsite at the pub. This pub also serves some of the best burgers in Bratislava, along with a full menu of classic and contemporary Slovak dishes which pair perfectly with the beer.

2. Egidius Brewery

Brewery, Winery

After hiking or skiing in the High Tatras, head to Egidius Brewery in Poprad for a crisp American-style IPA or a refreshing black cherry brew. All beer is brewed on the premises, and, of course, Egidius offers hearty meals to dissolve away every hiker and skier’s hunger pangs. You can even play a game of billiards while you wait for your freshly cooked burger or pizza to accompany the beer.

3. Banskobystricky Brewery


In the heart of Slovakia, Banska Bystrica’s brewery offers a beer based on 500 years of local brewing traditions, branded as Urpiner beer. Spring water from local hills, malt grown on fields in southern Slovakia, and high-quality hops are combined to produce an exquisite traditional lager. Upriner also offers flavored and specialty beer, such as Urpiner Cherry and Urpiner Extra Hoppy. Urpiner is one of the most popular brands in central and southern Slovakia, you can easily find it on tap at pubs and restaurants in cities and small villages.

4. Dunajský Pivovar

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The most chic, trendy brewpub in Slovakia doubles as a boutique hotel and restaurant on a boat docked in the Danube just across from the Castle Hill in Bratislava. You can head to the top-deck terrace to sip a beer with fantastic views while you lounge on a deck chair. Seats are hard to come by at Dunajský Pivovar on Friday evenings and all day Saturday, so if you plan to visit on the weekend, a reservation is recommended.

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