Founded all the way back in 1825 by a local producer of mead and gingerbread (and a tasty combo that is!), the brewery was originally located in the Valvasorjev Špital building in the city centre. By far the most popular beer in Slovenia, Laško - or more specifically it's flagship Zlatorog brand (which for those keeping track, means 'mountain goat' in Slovene and is a Czech-style lager) - is also widely found on menus at restaurants and pubs throughout the former-Yugoslav states and beyond.
For those interested in finding out more about Laško's eponymous brew, a tour of the brewery is a must. The tour includes a stop by the city museum, where well-presented exhibits outline Laško's nearly 200 year brewing history - including the short-lived attempt at using water from the city's healing thermal spring in the process.
After the museum, the tour moves across town to Laško's state of the art facilities and one of the largest breweries in the region, and concludes with a requisite beer tasting. While our all too well-documented taste for drink probably makes us biased, for our money the Laško brewery tour easily deserves a place among Slovenia's must-see attractions.
Groups of 15 or more can visit the brewery Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00 and Sat 08:00-12:00 with advanced booking made through the tourist information office next to the train station. Individuals can sign up for a scheduled tour on Fridays at 14:30 (although there needs to be a minimum of at least 10 people registered by 12:00).
Admission is €6.50 per person, and includes entrance to the museum, beer tasting and a small snack.