German Ambassador Axel Dittmann opened the ‘Brewery Museum Georg Weifert” in Pančevo, in the oldest brewery in the Balkans built in 1722. Many guests, among which were the Ambassador of Austria Johannes Eigner, a representative of the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the director of the Banat Museum in Timisoara visited the sites where the nearly 3 century ago the production of beer began.
Ambassador Dittmann recalled the cooperation that exists today.
“This is a good example of what you get when you unite a Czech recipe, Bavarian traditions and ingredients in the production of Serbian beer. It was a hint of cooperation thatstill exists today. We have recently established the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade and within its scope the companies actively work on the economic development of Serbia, and together we strive to make Serbia a member of the European Union, “said Dittmann.
Only a part of the brewery is converted into a museum, the so-called “tower”, stressed Siniša Janković from the Association of Citizens “Georg Weifert Brewery Museum”.
“It is our wish that by 2022 (when we celebrate 300 years of the establishment of the brewery) the whole complex of the old brewery will be revitalised and we will turn it into various profit and non-profit facilities,” said Janković.
The Brewery Museum is significant for the development of tourism potential of Pančevo, said Mayor Saša Pavlov.
“With the opening of this museum we promote several values that Pančevo has. First of all, Georg Weifert was the brand of Pančevo’s industrial and cultural history, and then we will promote The Brewery Museum … We hope that through joint projects in the city, through civic associations and the European funds, we will manage to collect significant resources to convert the Old Brewery into the shape it deserves”, he said.
From 26th May The Georg Weifert Brewery Museum will be open to visitors daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.