So craft beers (trend, revolution?) are finally booming in Belgrade. Only two years ago, choice of hefeweizens or IPAs was limited or plainly none in town. Actually, only true beer enthusiasts were familiar with the terms that are now imprinted in the menus of recently opened pubs, such as porter, pale ale or single malt. And now, hundreds of beer lovers and beer-curious locals are flocking to new, crowded bars.
Zemun’s Pivopija (‘beer-drinker’) was one of the first places offering artisan and craft beers in town. It has expanded from a shop with a tap room to a bar, offering more than 120 beer gems from around the globe, Great Britain and Ireland to USA and Japan, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium to Italy, Germany, Croatia and Russia, as well as fine local craft beers. The offer is being expanded almost on a monthly basis – as soon as new types arrive, Pivopija organises free degustation nights.
More and more small breweries are popping up locally, and people started making their own beers at home. In Pivopija you can buy a beer making kit and have fun crafting DIY beer, which is probably going to taste better than a lot of those available at the supermarket, if you choose the right ingredients.
Fans of guitar-oriented music will also like Pivopija, as it’s boasting mostly heavier rock. The hosts will be happy to make you feel at home, explaining everything you’d perhaps like to know about any of the items on the menu.