5 ways to connect with Croatian craft beer culture (from Zagreb to the coast)

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Greetings to my fellow hop hunters and beer adventurers! The Croatian underground craft beer scene is full of passion and begging for exploration.

Unlike the US or UK, craft beers and microbreweries have yet to enter Croatia’s mainstream. Finding the best brews and craft pubs takes some adventuring. Industrial brew houses dominate the market and taste buds through low pricing and crisp, light flavors.

You’re lucky to find one craft beer on draft and a handful of bottles at most bars and cafes, while supermarkets and convenience stores carry roughly the same offering wherever you go.

However, there is a devoted circle of larger Croatian craft breweries, microbreweries and contract breweries (also called home brewers) waging a war of hops and barley to convert tastes one drink at a time.

This guide will help anyone looking to explore the tastes of a budding industry and discover flavors typically absent from everyday bars and shops in Croatia.

How to connect with Croatian craft beer culture

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

Untappd – Mobile App

If you’ve yet to download Untappd for your smartphone, you best get to it. It’s the most used app for finding, following and connecting with local craft beer culture in Croatia. There are versions for both Android and iOS.

Aside from the social networking aspect, the app allows you to follow specific bars, venues and stores. This ties into my favorite feature – notifications when there are new brews on the market. Many of the microbreweries and contract brewers lack brick and mortar shops. By following the main craft beer hubs, you can receive notifications when their limited release and super-localized brews come out.

ON TO THE GOOD STUFF

#1 Goblet Beer Store – Zagreb – Store and Tap Room

Goblet Beer Store in Zagreb
Image by Nova Runda

Goblet Beer Store ZG (Zagreb) is the predominant craft beer hub for the country. If you only follow one shop on Untapped, this should be it. They have a constant influx of new beers, rotating taps, and knowledgeable staff.

If you make it into the cozy store they also sell and fill glass growlers (glass or metal specialized beer containers). This is my favorite way to take home tapped brews, so the freshly poured taste keeps – unlike plastic bottles.

For those outside the capital, they have an online store that ships throughout the country. They also have a sister store in Rijeka, on the northern coast, where you can get your craft beer fix before continuing your travels.

Web Site  |  Untappd  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Address: Stupnička ul. 14, 10 000, Zagreb
Phone: +385(0)1 209 1150


#2 Little Beer Shop – Split – Store

Little Beer Shop in Split, Croatia
Image by JetSetting Fools

The Little Beer Shop is located next to the harbor and the west side of the Riva promenade. They offer a great selection of Croatian craft beers and feature regional bottles from brewers along the coast that can be hard to find in other shops.

Thanks to its prime location, you can grab your beer to enjoy while taking in the seaside.

Untappd  |  Facebook

Address: Trumbićeva obala 7, 21 000, Split
Phone: None listed


#3 Gastro Shop Pomalo – Dubrovnik – Store

Gastro Shop Pomalo in Dubrovnik
Image by TripAdvisor

Located in the Lapad area of Dubrovnik, this shop carries the widest selection of bottled craft beers in the city. They have a knowledgeable staff and carry select contract brewers that are hard to find in other parts of the country. Following them on Untappd should connect you with all the new bottles coming through the area.

Untappd  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Address: Ul. Miljenka Bratoša 30, 20 000, Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 (0)95 414 6999

Address: Ul. Miljenka Bratoša 30, 20 000, Dubrovnik

Other locations:

  • Antuninska 5 (stari grad), 20 000 Dubrovnik – view map
  • Kralja Zvonimira 5, 21 000 Split – view map
  • Ozaljska 102, 10 000 Zagreb – view map

#4 Glam Beer Therapy – Dubrovnik – Bar and Cafe

Glam Beer Therapy in Dubrovnik
Image by Lonely Planet

This small, craft bar is located in the old town of Dubrovnik and offers a few rotating taps of craft beers, as well as a solid selection of harder to find craft bottles. When a new or local contract brewer comes out with a beer, chances are it will go through Glam.

If you are in Dubrovnik, be sure to follow both Glam and Pomalo on Untappd to see the latest local offerings.

Untappd  |  Facebook

Address: Palmotićeva ul. 5, 20 000, Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 (0)91 151 8257


#5 Wine and More – Online Store

Wine and More craft beer shop
Image by Wine and More

If you need cold beers shipped to your door, Wine and More delivers throughout Croatia. The website carries a completely Croatian beer selection, so you don’t have to worry about sifting through imported competitors.

Web Site  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |  Pinterest

Address: No physical shop
Phone: None listed


Which of these spots are you eager to check out? Let us know in the comments.

Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.

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7 thoughts on “5 ways to connect with Croatian craft beer culture (from Zagreb to the coast)

  1. Frank
    June 28, 2021 @ 11:56 am

    Craft beer is something that I really enjoyed in US, now living in Croatia I would like to get in touch with experienced brewer for possible Micro-brewing business adventures.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 28, 2021 @ 6:17 pm

      Hi Frank,

      Sounds awesome! A famous Croatian blogger Ribafish has a series on Croatian craft breweries on his pages. At the end of every article, there is contact information. I hope that this will be useful to you.

      Check out his craft-beer-articles here:
      https://ribafish.com/tag/sve-hrvatske-pivovare/

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I hope that you will invite us to try your craft beer one day (:

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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      • Nick Swope
        June 29, 2021 @ 1:15 am

        Marija,

        Thank you for sharing the blog post. The more stories about craft beer the better.

        Nick

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        • Marija Tkalec
          June 29, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

          Hi Nick,

          Thank you for a nice collaboration! You are right, with craft beers, we can’t get bored 😀

          Cheers,
          Marija

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    • Nick Swipe
      June 29, 2021 @ 12:05 am

      Hello Frank,
      If you are in Zagreb there are a couple main hangouts for craft brewers and people are often down for a collaboration. The Brew Shop and Goblet Beer Store would be my first two places to adventure to. There is also a Croatian Craft Beer forum that is full of great beers enthusiast.

      I am also adventuring around to brewhouses if you ever want to join.

      Nick

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    • Ivann Venter
      July 13, 2021 @ 8:10 pm

      Hey Frank. Get intouch with me on FB. Ivann
      https://www.facebook.com/ivann.venter.52

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  2. Nick Swipe
    June 29, 2021 @ 12:06 am

    Hello Frank,
    If you are in Zagreb there are a couple main hangouts for craft brewers and people are often down for a collaboration. The Brew Shop and Goblet Beer Store would be my first two places to adventure to. There is also a Croatian Craft Beer forum that is full of great beers enthusiast.

    I am also adventuring around to brewhouses if you ever want to join.

    Nick

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