You know me: No journey without beer – even if that means to dive deep into the suburbs. And that is what I did in Novi Sad – even though in this beautiful and charming city suburbia is, frankly, not too far out, but rather a simple 15 minutes bus drive away from the old town.
However, if I expected an old brewery, too, I could not have been more wrong: The Pivovar (brewery) Zbir in located right between some living estates and office buildings, housed in a modern glass-architecture. And the beer, too, offers some modern interpretations of well-known styles.
I had a „Wartburg“ Lager and was happy with this hoppy version of a traditional German-style Pilsener. But what strucked me most was the pink (yes, pink!) Sour. Combining the fruity flavour (and colour) of grapefruit and cranberry with a fresh, summerly sourness, this pint fitted nicely to Novi Sads 30-plus-something-Celsius summer.
The premesis of the Zbis brewery are really huge and offer a lot of outdoor seeting. And, obviously, you can watch the brewing to happen right next to you.
So, if you are ever in Novi Sad: Take the bus, have a beer at Zbir!
Address: Futoški 93, Novi Sad
Want to read more? Have a look at my travel-report about Novi Sad (in German)