Available on the Romanian market since: April 2016
Brewing in Cluj-Napoca since: January 2018
Head brewer: Gyorgy Tanko
Although one of the first independent craft breweries to be added to Cluj-Napoca’s repertoire, Bere a la Cluj did not start off by brewing in the eponymous city. For almost two years, their beers were produced via contract brewing (or ghost brewing, as they call it) in Hungary, while waiting for the Romanian bureaucracy to sort itself out. Then finally, the beginning of 2018 saw them relocate to their permanent brewing grounds, a mere stone’s throw from yet another Cluj brewery, Kutuma.
Their main range consists of traditional, English ale styles, mixed in with a bit of stardust and a reinterpretation of cosmology through beer goggles – the underlining theme for their brews, each a subtle play on words for various cosmic elements, from moon phases all the way to dark holes.
With their relocation to Cluj in 2018, they have also moved on to newer styles, such as a lager, and we’re hoping to see how brewing on their own premises, as well as having more control over the brewing process, will impact their final products, and whether they will tackle on more bolder styles.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that they collaborate with a Belgian chocolate maker to create a spent-grain chocolate, which you can usually find as part of their 4-pack deal at festivals.
Their range is usually available in 330ml glasses, as well as draft in designated locations. While they are mostly known around the Cluj-Napoca area, they hope to expand and become regional within the upcoming years. For now, you can find them online at Berero Store and offline in bars and shops in Cluj-Napoca (check out their map here).
Currently available in the Cosmospolit range;
- Gaura Neagră – Porter
- Phaza Lunii – English style pale ale
- Ursa Amara – English style bitter
- Pitica Rosie – Red IPA
- Cosmobaut – Lager
Seasonal/limited edition beers:
- Fulg de Ea – limited edition Christmas Ale
- Str Calea Baciului 179, Cluj-Napoca
- Tel: 0774 059 274
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Berealacluj