International Beer Day
Slovenians are big lovers of beer, this oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage
International Beer Day: Slovenia has a long tradition of beer brewing. Despite its small size, it has a very strong and rich brewing industry, in which small boutique, nomadic and other breweries dominate. Of all alcoholic beverages, beer is among Slovenes the most popular.
International Beer Day
Every first Friday in August since 2007 the world has been celebrating the International Beer Day, which is dedicated to all lovers of beer, brewers, hops producers and owners of pubs.
The beginnings of International Beer Day celebrations go back to the Californian city of Santa Cruz in the United States. From there the celebration spread in a few years’ time throughout the world. Each year more and more countries participate in this celebration. The International Beer Day is today celebrated on 6 continents, in more than 50 countries and 207 cities around the world.
Slovenia also celebrates this day but only last year the celebration was first planned and organized.
Beer is a very popular alcoholic beverage in Slovenia
Beer is a very popular beverage not only in the world, but also in Slovenia, which has a strong and rich brewing industry and a long tradition of beer brewing. According to the first written records, beer brewing in Slovenia dates back to 1160.
The popularity of beer among Slovenians is evident from the statistical data of the National Institute of Public Health indicating that of all alcoholic beverages residents of Slovenia consume mostly beer; in 2015 on average 97.6 litres per person. As far as popularity goes, beer was followed by wine and spirits.
Where is more and where is less beer drank than in Slovenia? According to the data of the Brewers of Europe Association, in the EU the Czechs drink on average 86% more beer and the Italians and the French on average 60% less beer per year than the Slovenians, while Croatians and Finns drink roughly the same.
The largest beer producer in the EU is Germany
Slovenia is among the largest producers of hops in the world
Some interesting beer facts:
- Beer is the oldest alcoholic beverage; it was already known to the Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians.
- Preceded by water and tea, beer is the third most popular beverage.
- According to Kirin Beer University the Czechs have been the biggest consumers of beer in the world for the past 23 years.
- Beer has a positive effect on health if it is consumed moderately (it prevents diabetes, lowers the chance of heart disease, etc.).
- The strongest beer in the world contains 67.5% of alcohol and originates from Scotland.
- In Slovenia there are the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing and two museums dedicated to beer, Pivovarski muzej in Ljubljana and Ekomuzej hmeljarstva in pivovarstva Slovenije at Žalec.
- There is a map of the Slovenian breweries.
- Slovenian words for beer (pivo), brewer (pivovar) and brewery (pivovarna) were taken from the Czech language. Pivo first denoted any drink, while the word pivovar is a combination of the words pivo and variti (to brew), so pivovar (a brewer) is the one who brews beer.