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Annual Karlovac "Dani Piva" (Days Of Beer) Officially Starts Up For 2016

The 2016 edition of the Karlovac "Dani Piva" (Days of Beer) officially started up again a couple of days ago. The beer, food and music event is running from August 26th to September 4th in the city of Karlovac, which is about halfway between Zagreb and the coastal city of Rijeka. I already did this topic with assorted photos, so I'm just reposting it again and saving a lot of time typing and photo hunting, the first part is just a bonus news article from the time.....

"Karlovački Dani Piva" (Karlovac Beer Days) originally started off as just a small local celebration, but now it is probably the most popular beer festival in Croatia that attracts over 200,000 visitors from across the country, and even foreign visitors as news of the event has been spreading over the years. Now, there are a number of similar beer themed festivals that take place in other Croatian cities and towns, (A couple of them I previously touched upon, Days of the first Croatian beer Osječko and Staro Češko pivo (Old Czech beer) and Daruvar pivo town festival), but this one has grown in popularity more and more even outside of Croatia year after year. Dubovac Castle, which dates from before the 13th century, is also nearby and worth checking out. (I've also spent time in Karlovac a number of times in the past and the castle is a great place to rent and hold a Dracula, Game of Thrones, Medieval Witches and Wizards or a Hallowe'en type party, good to know) Also, they have trains called the "Pivo-Ekspres that depart from other Croatian cities and towns that take you right to the Karlovac Dani Piva for under 2 bucks, they used to be free but it's still a good deal.

Of course this event is especially popular in the town of Karlovac, the beer takes it's logo and very name from the coat of arms and the name of the city of Karlovac afterall. As you already know, beer themed festivals are popular in Europe in general, so it's sort of cool that this Karlovac beer festival has been included from among the many other ones that take place. Not as well known or as large as some of the other ones, (Oktoberfest in Munich comes to mind first, which is the oldest and largest beer themed festival in the world), but then again, Karlovac is only about a 55,000 population. It should be remembered though, it's not all just about the beer either, not by far. It's much more than just about beer, as in modern day beer commercials, advertising and sponsoring events or teams.

Personally, I don't drink much these days, but I still don't mind a refreshing cold beer once in a while, especially during the hot summer. Interestingly, I was allowed to have my first sample taste of beer, (and even wine) well before I was 18. Later while spending 2 whole summers with relatives mainly in and around Rijeka when 11 and 12 years old, I was even allowed to have a whole bottle of beer on a few occasions and family gatherings. You see, in quite a number of European cultures beer is an early customary experience and tradition and no big deal. (that way there's never any need or desire to immediately get shit-faced come legal drinking age at the stroke of midnight on this side of the pond, as in you've already tasted it, been there and done that. Besides, it's not like you're given a bag of glue, loaded weapon, crack or fentanyl laced pills to try after all)

That's because beer, specifically Karlovačko beer in this instance, is also about civilization, intrinsic national values and progress, quality and craftsmanship, as well as customs and traditions that harken back to before there even were television commercials and large billboards, far back to before beer based shampoos and conditioners, beer batter, twist tops, aluminum cans, insulated beer mugs or even plumbing when people still got their water out of wells. Beer and the related events like this are the fruition of a nation's civilizational history and momentum, another pride of a nation and representig hope for the future from the glorious epochs of the past, these beer days are a pilgrimage to toast those former magicians who gifted us with life giving cool running taps. Beer events like this are a philosophy, a mantra for the ages, it is even the immortal voice of the gods and ancient spirits from days of yore, it is their voice echoing across the peaks of the mountains, across the valleys below and the tall grassed plains even today. Truly, it is their epic tale to tell, it is they who whispered those words and beer recipes to the mortals below, and so it is their beer also. That beer in hand also represents that mystical inner voice that has traveled eons to you, many thousands have died in the hope to just see, touch and especially taste that Karlovačko beer. Drink it with the pride and honour that it deserves, It is a frothy and golden nectared gift from the gods, a symbol of all that is right and great and awesome on this spinning miscreant filled spinning dirt ball in space, some people call it a planet. some people call it the world's largest food court, yet others call it the world's largest french fry eating contest or most real life 3D holographic round television. It was brewed for posterity and glorious future epochs.

(see also croatians-world-lists-beers-wines-alcohol for more related information)

Abba drinking beers back in the day, which proves some of my mentioned points. (in this case holiday special dark lagers called Julöl)

The very basics of modern-day beers and beer brewing hasn't changed much in many centuries, not since German monks introduced hops as a vitally important main ingredient, codified and recorded their recipes and started brewing beer in their monasteries during medieval times, water was unsanitary many times, equipment was not always hygienically clean and without hops the ales would spoil very quickly (historically "ale" being a type of beer brewed without hops). Interestingly, beer was actually the most consumed beverage already and an important source of nutrition in the medieval world, it was drank by children, nursing mothers, the old and the sick and everyone in between. A pretty cool Croatian site these days devoted to all sorts of beer news topics, articles, new and retro images/posters and the interesting history of beer in Croatia up to today, as well as in Europe and elsewhere around the world is

Karlovac is historic because of the defensive role it played during the centuries of Ottoman attacks in hoping to conquer Europe. However, Karlovac actually suffered the most damage after the dissolution of the former-Yugoslavia and the declarations of independence by the former Republics, especially during the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995). Most damage was inflicted when defending against the ethnic cleansing and attacks of the Serb church supported armed Serb paramilitaries, heavily armed Serb paramilitaries and the Serbian controlled remaining Yugoslav army, which was made up of just Serbs by then. The southern sections of the city found themselves close to the front lines for a time as the heavily armed Serbs shelled and devastated the neighborhoods of Turanj, Kamensko, as well as parts of Mekušje, Mala Švarča and Logorište, and even shelling other nearby towns. The Karlovac city center, the city hall, and numerous other buildings suffered damage. After the final Croatian victory and complete liberation,  armed Serb forces then moved on to continue their killing sprees and ethnic cleansing/raping campaigns to other republics and in Kosovo, so Karlovac again became an important center of Croatian culture and history. The Museum of Army Collections from the Croatian Homeland War is a free small outdoor museum not far from the city, there one can still view some remaining shelled buildings and a collection of various military vehicles used by the early fledging Croatian Army at the time.

Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about. I just by chance came across this famous 1876 painting again "Bal du moulin de la Galette" (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A scene of Parisians regularly heading to a local park on Sundays and doing what? why dancing, eating and of course.....drinking beer. This was actually a very common theme in a number of 18th-19th century paintings. (although you won't see scenes like this these days according to what I've read, because at times it can look more like Cairo or Addis Ababa, just fyi). I was reminded of this particular famous painting while coming across the website, which is a pretty cool Croatian site devoted to all sorts of beer news topics, articles, new and retro images/posters and the interesting history of beer in Croatia up to today, as well as in Europe and elsewhere around the world. 

So anyway this 10 day long beer themed festival is a chance for the city in general to celebrate it's history as well as the hometown made beer. There's also lots of food, plenty of music acts and concerts, amusement rides, various activities, local crafts, medieval and historical reenactments, more music, sporting events, balloons, fireworks, walking cans, street performers, traditional stuff mixed in with the new and more and more food....and beer. Lotsa beer, lotsa sausages, lotsa pork and beef and other stuff. (very important, you need to have good food to go with the beer, more specifically good ol' hearty "beer food") It's definitely not only just about the beer though. I added assorted images below to give a feel about what goes on. If you're planning on being in the area in a few weeks, or are already there, then I'd recommend checking this one out. You can visit the events official website for more info....

Karlovac Among Europe’s Top 10 Best Beer Festivals

Official website


It is beer festival season in Europe, a time when beer enthusiasts trek off around Europe looking to sample some of the best flavours on offer. Ireland’s largest homebrew supplier, Home Brew West, have put together an insightful infographic show casing ‘Europe’s Best Beer Festivals’, with Croatia’s very own Karlovac Beer Festival, held in Karlovac from 22 August – 31 August, making the cut…

Karlovac’s ‘Dani Piva’ (Beer Days) is now in its 28th year and is the biggest beer festival in the country. Over 15 different beers, and a host of concerts, entertainment and food every night awaits the thousands that will turn up for this year’s event.

Check out the infographic HERE.

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A couple of highlight vids showing the happenings from the Karlovac "Dani Piva" (Days of Beer) festivities from 2013. Last year a folk ensemble and participants also came from Macedonia to join in the festivities.

Some more behind the scenes from 2013.

Here's your Croatian beer trivia fact of the day: The Karlovačko beer logo since 1854 is actually taken from the city of Karlovac coat of arms, which has been the official Karlovac coat of arms since 1781.

I have no idea how this pic got here, but she's holding a Karlovačko beer which is the main thing so I'll leave it as a benefit for the reader.

Oops, I don't know how this got here, this is an image from the Serbian Knifetrumpetrape-fest. This belongs HERE or in the toilet or cat litter box, not here. (I'll correct the image uploader situation later asap)

A couple of interesting images I came across of the original brewery and ice factory in Karlovac from the 1890's.

Bonus pic, a Karlovačko beer and the HS2000/XD. (Coincidentally which is also made in the city of Karlovac btw, just like the HS Produkt VHS-K2 also. Good to know)

For those who might be in Croatia right around the time of the festival, Karlovac is approximately midway between the capital city of Zagreb and coastal city of Rijeka.

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