Craft beer has been a rapidly growing trend around the world over the last several years, leading to the development of dozens of microbreweries, gastropubs and festivals devoted to nothing but a sheer love of a cold brew. While favorite pale lager options like Laško and Union are still available in every pub and brewhouse in Slovenia, the craft beer industry has made its mark, most notably with the adorably named Human Fish Brewery.
With a mission to bring the Western microbrewing tradition to Central Europe, Human Fish Brewery was founded in 2008 by an Australian graduate of the American Brewers Guild looking for a new market for great beer. The original brewery was located in Slovenj Gradec, a small town in the Lower Styria region, but has since moved to a centuries old dairy farm in Vrhnika, roughly 16 kilometers from Ljubljana. In addition to a larger and more historic space, the brewery's new location boasts greater access for residents and tourists to the nation's capital on the hunt for a refreshing beer crafted by a master brewer.
Getting to the brewery is easy, and groups of ten or more are able to make tap room reservations for €8.50 a person to take advantage of brewery tours and beer samples that make for a perfect weekend or weekday outing. In April, individuals will be able to drop by for a few pints on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, alone or with friends. Human Fish Brewery features a number of specialty craft brews, including stouts, lagers, and Slovenian IPAs, with rotating seasonal taps that change every few weeks. Whether you're a local with easy access or a visitor to the area, there's always something to try if you're up to the journey.
Favorite Human Fish brews aren't limited to the idyllic countryside of Vrhnika, however; many pubs in Ljubljana offer up craft brewed favorites on tap, including Katakombe Konoba, Zlata Ladjica, and Tozd. Whether you're new to the beer game or are a lifelong aficionado of microbrews, Human Fish Brewery is one of Slovenia's best destinations for a cold, frosty beer.
Human Fish Brewery Tržaška 27, Vrhnika
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