A small Slovenian town is pressing ahead with plans to build a fountain which spouts beer instead of water, despite opposition from some councillors.
The project in Zalec, which is known for its hop plantations, is being described as the first beer fountain in Europe, and has made headlines in neighbouring Croatia and further afield in Serbia. The fountain doesnt yet have a completion date, but future visitors will find a variety of Slovenian beers on offer, and pay six euros for three 30cl helpings served in a commemorative mug, Slovenias Dnevnik news website reports.
Its set to cost the council about 170,000 euros – half of the total bill for construction, the website says. The towns mayor, Janko Kos, says the remainder will come from private donations. “Its true the fountain wont be cheap. But its a development project, a tourism product,” he told the website.
But the course of the beer fountain has not run smoothly – some opposition councillors arent happy about the amount being spent, saying it could be put to better use in the community. They attempted to scupper the plans at an extraordinary council meeting last week, but were ultimately outvoted by two-thirds of their colleagues.
Zalec sits in a valley of hop plantations in central Slovenia, known locally as the “valley of green gold”. Even the towns green and yellow crest pays tribute to its main activity, simply featuring the outline of a hop plant.