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Open since: June 2017
Brewer: Tudor Petrescu
Output in 2018: 46 hectolitres
Output in 2019: 12 hectolitres
One of the most elusive breweries we’ve come across so far, Amon-Ra has kept most of its brewing shenanigans fairly contained, and only made a proper appearance on the Romanian craft beer scene in April of 2018.
The brewery itself has been up and running since the summer of 2017, yet the idea behind it goes as far back as 2000. As with most beer lovers, Tudor was inspired by the growing craft beer movement he witnessed first hand in the US, as well as his time spent in Holland. The name of the brewery is a combination between an archaic Romanian word for beer, olovină, and the name of the Egyptian god Amon-Ra, who was also a bit of a beer lover himself.
The beers vary in styles, as well as label design, each telling a different story (such as as the tale of the ghost ship Carmilhan), hinting at historical landmarks (such as Chindia Tower), or even old Romanian words that are long out of use (such as agapă, an old word for ‘ friendly feast’).
In September 2019, they also underwent a rebranding, and started contract brewing in the Netherlands, at De Molen brewery. The new beer range was named Olovina, and it displayed a change in direction towards a new concept of gourmet-type beers.
Amon-Ra has a relatively small output, which allows for a total of 1500 litres per month. Given the fact that their beers are also made seasonally, depending on demand, it is worth getting your hands on them as soon as you can. Keep an eye out for either The Beer Institute or Berero Store for any announcements, as well as the brewery Facebook page.
- Olovina – Classic Pale Ale – 5.8% ABV
- Carmilhan – Imperial IPA – 7% ABV
- Chindia – SMaSH-style IPA – 6% ABV
- Agapa – Light Ale – 5% ABV
- Kemosabe – Dark Ale – 5.5% ABV
- Marțolea – Imperial Stout (with homebrewer Delabucurești Brewery) – 8.5% ABV
– Classic version
– Guatemala origin coffee version
– Tonka and cinnamon version
Contract brewing at Brouwerij de Molen: Olovina range
- Wanna Beer The One – DIPA – 7.2% ABV
- Wanna Beer True – Pale Ale – 5.8% ABV