Visit the home of Croatian beer
The brewery in Daruvar is not quite Croatia's oldest, but it is the oldest brewery in the country that remains on its original site. Throughout its history, the brewery's production has been informed by members of the sizeable Czech community who, hundreds of years ago, began to make a home for themselves in the town. They remain there to this day, Daruvar even having Czech language schooling for its children. Having brought their brewing know-how with them, the Czech community and their Croatian counterparts have since presided over an endeavour that has remained successful since its founding in 1840, this despite its independent standing within an industry now dominated by giant international brands. Their oldest beer was popular in the days of Yugoslavia but suffered a substantial hit when the country fell apart. Thankfully, the brewery's faith, perseverance and traditional working methods have paid off. It has once again found favour, this time among those who appreciate the championed ales of Croatia's decade-old craft beer revolution. Within this connoisseur's corner of small-production beers, it stands alongside the brewery's other craft range which has as many as nine different beers and is one of Croatia's premium craft brands. The brewery is also the chief instigator of the town's longstanding beer festival, which is one of the best in Croatia.