Croatian Craft Beer Series: Pula’s First Craft Beer, Gortan

Daniela Rogulj

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Image by Gortan Instagram

While Croatia is deep into their craft beer revolution, it’s always nice to learn about the newcomers on the scene, such as Pula’s first experimental craft beer: Gortan.

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Image by Gortan Instgram

Behind Gortan are two young men: the first of which is Ante Žunec, in charge of Gortan’s recipe, and Aleksander Ćelović, in charge of the visual identity, reports Buro 247.


A biologist and an architect by profession, for Gortan’s production process, both  Žunec and Ćelović stood on their own initiative based on improvisation, and have so far presented various types of Gortan beer. In its offer currently, Gortan boasts an Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Milk Stout and Brown Ale – understanding that each new cooking batch of beer is taken as an experiment. We even hear they are mustering up a new Smash IPA that contains only one type of malt and hop. The beer ingredients are usually ordered over the internet, and Gortan beers do not use any artificial extracts.


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The graphic design for Gortan stems from the direct location Gortanova bay and coastal shores in general in Pula. The tendency of reduction in the primary Gortan labels depict a sea cove, pine trees, pine needles, and the local character of the label contributes to a combination of colors, taken from the natural elements of the bay.


To follow Pula’s first experimental homebrewing and craft beer, you can follow them on Instagram: @gortan_garagebrewery


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