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Location: Sibiu (currently brewed in Bavaria, Germany)
Available on the Romanian market since: October 2016
Closed since: January 2021 (approximately)
Their story begins, as the name suggests, in the year 1717, when the town of Sibiu saw the opening of the first brewery in the region. The original brewery has long closed since, however, three centuries later, 4 friends decided to pick up and revive the tradition.
1717 (pronounced ‘seventeen seventeen’) emerged on the Romanian market at the end of October 2016. However, their beers are currently being brewed in partnership with a quaint and olde worlde brewery in Germany (with almost two centuries of brewing tradition), where they also source the ingredients used. The styles they tackled so far are two Weiß Beers, as well as a Red Ale and an anniversary edition beer, quite similar to champagne in taste and carbonation.
1717 is currently the only Romanian craft brewery making their beers abroad, which has given rise to quite a bit of a debate regarding the legitimacy of their ‘craft’ status. We here at Beerologique advocate this status, for a couple of reasons. First of all, despite client brewing in Germany, the recipes made are their own, and the resulting beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Second of all, they are constantly working on opening their own brewery in Șura Mare, Sibiu, however, anyone familiar with the tediousness of Romanian bureaucracy will know all too well that such a feat does not come by easily. Personally, we are hoping to see them relocate to their native lands in the near future, as soon as they overcome the financial and paperwork hurdles.
Their beers are available in a variety of shops and bars around the country, as well as online shops. Make sure to check out their Facebook page for any announcements of their food and beer pairing events, and keep an eye out for the limited edition releases of their Kult Beer – a reinterpretation of champagne, using beer ingredients.
- 1717 Weiß Bier – Hefeweizen – 4.9% ABV
- 1717 Red Ale – Red Ale – 5.4% ABV
- 1717 Weiß Plus 0,33l – dry hopped Hefeweizen – 5.4% ABV
Seasonal/limited edition beers:
- Kult Beer – Bière de Champagne – 7.3% ABV
- Kult Beer – Oak Barrel Aged – Bière de Champagne – 7.3% ABV
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- Str. Primăverii 56
- Tel: 0734 562 532
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.redcity.xyz
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/RedCityTransylvania