Are you familiar with craft beer from the heart of the Kočevsko forests? We have quite a few different types of beer and they are all named after the sights of Kočevsko. You can get to know these hops brews at a tasting at the family craft brewery MATT, where you will experience their beers with all your senses in the pleasant ambiance of the unspoiled Kočevsko region.
Program duration: 70 minutes
Suitable for: couples, families, and groups up to 20 people (Only adults can attend the degustation. For families with children we provide a creative workshop with animation the youngest, while the adults attend the tasting.)
Getting to know: Tekavec family story, basics of beer brewing and tasting of five different hops brews
Additional offers: tasting Robin Hood whiskey (charged extra)
MATT Brewery is a family-owned brewery. It was formed from the desire of a father and two sons, to find something that would unite them, a hobby that they could participate in together after work, and enjoy something that makes them happy. The name of the brewery also originated from the initial letters of their names: Miran, Anže, and Toni Tekavec - MATT.
At the tasting, the MATT brewing trio will present their brewery and beer brewing process, while you will be able to pamper your palates by tasting excellent beers called Pragozd (Primeval Forest), Bunker, Kraljica Roga (Queen of Rog), Veronika, Kipa and the excellent Quarantine, named after recent conditions.
In addition to tasting five types of beer, you will also get to try unique homemade MATT snacks. MATT builds their story based on the experience of a family hobby and a great belonging to Kočevsko. The essential ingredient of their beers is pure water from the unspoiled nature of Kočevsko, which adds a special taste to their beers.
- presentation of the family story and the beginnings of their brewery,
- presentation of the brewery and brewing of beer,
- tasting of five different MATT craft beers,
- presentation of beers, their names and characteristics.
Why you should decide for tasting MATT craft beers:
- you will not find the homeliness and friendliness offered by the MATT brewery far around,
- MATT beers represent the story of Kočevsko, as the beers are named after local characteristics,
- you will expand your knowledge about one of the oldest and most widespread alcoholic beverages in the world and learn interesting facts that will come in handy in everyday conversations,
- tasting beer is a relaxing and pleasant experience during which you will learn a lot of new things.
Details of the programme:
Your tasting experience will begin with a friendly reception at the entrance to the brewery, where you will first try a beer-infused flat-cake. Its intoxicating smell will greet you to the boutique brewery. There, the MATT brewing trio will explain the reasons for opening a family brewery and share their secrets behind brewing beer. You will learn how to make a delicious hops brew called Bunker using various ingredients: hops, malt, yeast,…. You will get to know its secrets by tasting and experiencing its malty aroma, in which notes of chocolate, nuts, and roasting intertwine. While tasting, you will learn more about Bunker, its origins, and its specialties.
Then you will learn about Pragozd (Primeval Forest), how powerful it is, unspoiled, full of life, and where light breaks through its darkness. Entry into Primeval Forest is forbidden, and you can only observe it from its edge.
The mighty Kraljica Roga (Queen of Rog), with its wide range of flavors and aromas, will invite you to taste it and show herself in all her splendor and power. The strong hops character will take you to its heights and make you want to have another sip, again and again.
Popular summer activity in Kočevje is refreshing yourself in the local Kočevsko Lake, which is surrounded by embankments called "Kipa". With a hops character, the KiPA beer will take your imagination on a journey between different spectrums of flavors and aromas, intertwined with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, supported by concrete bitterness and balanced by selected barley malt that together forms a full and strong body.
You will recognize Veronika by her light color, lightness, and a refreshing character. While you're tasting it, you can look up the hill, and see a lonely tree in the distance, where today only the ruins of a castle built to house her and her lover remain.
While tasting MATT beers, you’ll also get to try and neutralize your tasting palate with homemade MATT snacks.
You will also be able to try something special, the Quarantine beer, which was created during the recent period of isolation, when the MATT brewing family did not rest but worked on developing new flavors. You will get to judge and decide if its taste can match the quarantine.
You will also learn about the destination Kočevsko and the "Bear-friendly" label, which the MATT beers proudly feature on the labels of their beers.
After the presentation and tasting, at your request, they will also present their other attractions, which are available to guests as an offer at an additional cost. One of these is their whiskey, made from remains of mashing for beer production. They named him Robin Hood. Why so? You will find out during your visit.
* During the tasting, we can prepare creative workshops with animation for children, where they can also try hop tea.
- 1–3 visitors: 10 EUR
- 4–10 visitors: 8 EUR
- 11–18 visitors: 7 EUR
The price includes:
- "beer-infused" flat bread at arrival
- presentation and tour of the brewery
- tasting of five MATT beers and homemade delicacies
- whiskey tasting (extra charge: 1 EUR)
- organized visit to one of the sights after which the beers are named, accompanied by a local tourist guide (extra charge)
Contact and inquiries:
Craft brewery MATT
T: +386 (0) 31 38 52 47
T: +386 (0) 51 36 91 37
T: 386 (0) 51 36 91 36