That's what all of my fellow beer geeks back in the USA would say. Out of the 20 or so beers available at the festival, there's nothing that would excite any major beer tourist. Unfortunately, once you go east of Germany and the Czech Republic all the European beers start tasting the same. If you want to be the first in your beer group to say you've drank Jelen, LAV, Laskov and Niksicko then go for bragging rights. They're still better than your average Central American beer, but nothing that will make a beer geek go crazy.
|Maps Are Irrelevant When You're This Drunk|
During 2 days at the Beer Festival, I didn't run into a single 'foreigner.' Note the contrast.
|Good Balkan Company|
Are any of these groups ringing a bell?? From a local perspective, Riblja Čorba is probably the most famous of all the groups. These old guys have managed to stay rocking since 1978 with most of the original band still intact. I'm told their lyrics are quite funny and often political....if only I understood Serbian.
In addition to solid rock 'n' roll groups, the festival offers more typical traditional Serbian groups for the people who are into the Gypsy Balkan sound made popular by Goran Bregovic, Emir Kusterica and the like. As cool as that music is, some Serbians will tell you that Goran and Imir 'sold out,' so go to the festival if you want to hear some undiscovered sounds...
My personal recommendation: buy the beer outside the festival where it's a lot cheaper and get drunk before you go in. Most of the Serbians will be doing the same and -as with me- they might ask you, "Why the fuck you here, and not Exit Fest?!" Then they will hand you a beer and say, "Ziveli!" You'll be in good company. I certainly was.