Slovenian Alcohol: Drinking Like a Slovenian

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Whilst many of the pubs, bars and clubs that you’ll check out during your stay stock all manner of international beverages, you’d be foolish to fail to try some of the national liquids. This is of course true on any holiday, but especially true in Slovenia, since Slovenian alcohol is exceptional across all varieties, from craft beers and world-class wines, to awarding-winning gin and homemade moonshine. Here's our quick crash course in all things booze in Slovenia.

For beer lovers, Union and Laško (Laško celebrated its 190th anniversary in 2015) have a monopoly on the lager market and are actually owned by the same brewery (which has in turn been owned by Heineken as of September 2015), but lovers of craft beers won’t be disappointed. Human Fish, the first craft brewery in the country, Pelicon, Bevog and more are here for you. Too many beers can often lead you down the schnapps road, and the harder stuff is ubiquitous as well. The most popular choices are slivovka (plum), borovnica (blueberry), medica (honey) and viljamovka (pear). If you’re more partial to an herbal Jagermeister-esque taste, give pelinkovac a go.

Slovenia is a nation of wine drinkers at heart however, and you can’t go wrong with almost anything. For more info about Slovenian wine, you can read heaps of articles and interviews here, or check our the highly recommendable THE Slovenia Wine book from our friends at THE Slovenia, or their freely downloadable Slovenian Wine Guide for 2020. Finally, you can even get Slovenian Vodka now, endorsed by none other than Bill Murray himself. We’re not joking. Be sure to drink responsibly of course!


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