Slovenian town plans public beer fountain

By Ben Hooper  |  Feb. 10, 2016 at 3:40 PM
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ZALEC, Slovenia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A town in Slovenia announced it is moving forward with plans to build a nearly $400,000 fountain that dispenses drinkable local beers.

The Zalec town council voted with a two-thirds majority to move ahead with plans for the tourist attraction, which is being heralded as Europe's first beer fountain.

The fountain, which is estimated to cost nearly $400,000 to construct, would call on users to pay $6.75 to dispense 10 ounces of beer in a commemorative mug. The fountain would include a variety of beers brewed in the region, which is famed for its hops -- known locally as "green gold."

Officials said the fountain's construction will be half funded by the local council and the other half will be provided by commercial partners and public donations.

Councilors opposing the plan said the money could be better spent on other projects, including improving the local water supply.

"It's true the fountain won't be cheap," Zalec Mayor Janko Kos told the Dnevnik news website. "But it's a development project, a tourism product."

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