Sunday, 5 June 2011
A few Sarajevo beers
Bosnia and Herzegovina is not known as a major brewing powerhouse, but because the country’s mix of historic ties includes a strong Central European element, you’d at least expect to find some decent local beers. Indeed, the Sarajevo Brewery (Sarajevska Pivara) has an impressive brewing tradition stretching back to 1864 and, at times since then, has been a major regional producer.
I tried three of their beers: Sarajevsko pivo normal lager, their “Premium” lager, and their dark beer. None of them are spectacular, to be honest, but I enjoyed them all anyway. Circumstances played a part, I suppose.
Our guide recommended the short route, and having ignored his advice, when we finally returned to the village, we were pretty thirsty. Sarajevsko pivo is a simple lager, not outstanding in any way. But after a long hike, it does the trick.
Sarajevska Pivara’s Premium lager comes in a ceramic top bottle, but it is for me otherwise indistinguishable from its “normal” brother. Not bad, but not brilliant either.
Still, I wasn’t exactly complaining: good company, wonderful surroundings, and decent beer. That works for me.