Location: Sibiu (currently brewed in Bavaria, Germany)
Available on the Romanian market since: October 2016
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 (primarily the Transylvania region, with a recent emergence in Bucharest at The Beer Institute), as well as online at Berero Store. You can also check out their Facebook store to buy their beers directly from them, or see when and where one of their numerous food and beer pairing sessions is taking place.
- Weiß Bier – 4.9% ABV
- Red Ale – 5.4% ABV
- Weiß Plus 0,33l – dry hopped with a secret aroma hop – 5.4% ABV
Seasonal/limited edition beers:
- Kult Beer – 0,75l edition, limited bottles per year – 7.3% ABV
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This page was last updated June 23 2018.