Bereta Brewing Co

DSC_0035Location: Giarmata, Timiş county
Gypsy brewing since: May 2016
Brewing on their own since: June 2018
Brewers: Adrian Biebel & Silviu Burtă
Output in 2018: 210 hectolitres (+ another 40 brewed at Ground Zero)

General information:

Bereta represent the embodiment of the new wave of modern brewers: young beer aficionados turned homebrewers, turned gypsy brewers, then finally turned fully fledged brewers, with their own brewery. The story kicked off back in 2014, the result of an off chance meeting between two guys who were really into their beers. Over 100 batches of home garage brewing and various recipes later, they decided it was time to pull out the big guns, and headed down to Bucharest to try their luck. It was in June 2016 that they were given free reign over the mash tuns and fermenting vessels at Ground Zero and thus became the first gypsy brewers (i.e. brewers without a brewery) in Romania. Since then, they’ve also worked with Hop Hooligans and Wicked Barrel to produce a variety of interesting, and on occasion, ground breaking beers.

The lads describe their beers as ‘social lubricant’, and if there’s one thing that truly defines their styles, it’s the use of hops. Dank, fruity, resinous, bitter hop bombs; throw in a bit of oats and they’ve got themselves a recipe for success. In fact, Juicebag, their first New England IPA, took home the RateBeer award for the Best Beer in Romania in 2016. Set on bigger things, the lads also kicked off the IPA revolution in Romania back in October 2016, when they released Citro, the country’s first New England style Pale Ale. And because staying consistent is quite a feat for most craft breweries, they decided that they might as well grab the 2017 RateBeer award for the Best Beer in Romania. Which they did, after a brief detour through the dark realms of Imperial Stouts and a very lucrative collaboration with Wicked Barrel.

In March 2018, they decided it was time to bring their wandering ways to an end, as well as let Ground Zero catch their breath, after pestering them for two years with their gypsy brewing shenanigans. And as a parting gift, they did one last take (well, technically two) of their highly praised collaboration with Wicked Barrel, launching a limited edition (500 bottles only) of the Black Pot Imperial Stout, as well as a Bourbon chips and vanilla rendition of the same recipe.

Not long after, in June of 2018, they not only got their authorizations and started producing beers in their own brewery, but also decided that everyone should be invited to their launch party. And what better way to do that than by organizing Timişoara’s first craft beer festival, which they did by partnering up with local pub and beer shop Bibliotheka.

Always true to remembering their own humble beginnings, in October of 2018 they launched their Bereta Brewing Community program, which provided homebrewers in Romania with a tremendous opportunity: making their beer in an actual brewery. The winners have all been dutifully announced, and the 5 lucky winners are due to have their beers officially released between January and May.

The guys are more than liberal with advice, so it’s worth checking their Facebook page for their series of notes, which contain a lot of useful information for both homebrewers, potential gypsy brewers, as well as recipes and stories behind some of their own beers (notes are only available in Romanian).

Their range (both the gypsy and the newer stuff) is usually available in 330ml bottles, as well as draft in designated locations. Generally speaking, they make it to the online shelves at Berero Store soon after launch, but if you prefer to buy them offline, specialized shops and bars in Bucharest are a safe bet, as well as Beer’s Point in Cluj, and various locations in their hometown, Timişoara.

Also, looking out for the beer bottles from their early days is advised, as some of them come with a short comic strip on the label, telling the story of the craft beer revolution as it unfolds (artistic licenses may apply).

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Label design from their gypsy brewing days.

Products:

Brewed at their own brewery:

  • Random IPA – 6% ABV
  • Random DIPA – 8% ABV
  • Citro – Pale Ale – 6% ABV
  • ‘Ai pi iei – IPA – 6.3% ABV
  • Random Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV
  • Juicebag – IPA – 6% ABV
  • It Has To Start Somewhere – DIPA – 8% ABV
  • Another One Down – 2 year anniversary IPA – 6% ABV
  • 8=D – IPA – 6% ABV
  • 8==D – DIPA – 8% ABV
  • No Dry Hop – Kölsch – 6.3% ABV
  • Little Sister – Session IPA (dedicated to their graphic designer, Dushky) – 4% ABV
  • Juicebag Galaxy dry-hopped – IPA – 6% ABV
  • Juicebag Simcoe dry-hopped – IPA – 6% ABV
  • Dark Side of the Hops – Black IPA – 7.5% ABV
  • 8===D – Triple IPA (coming soon)
  • 8====D – Black IPA (coming soon)
  • Diabeetus – Imperial Stout (coming soon)

Collaborations at their own brewery:

  • White Diamond Whale – Farmhouse Peach IPA (with Hop Hooligans) – 7.3% ABV
  • Speish Odyssey – IPA (with Wicked Barrel) – 6.6% ABV
  • Margherita – Basil Wheat Ale (with La Pizza Napoletana) – 4.9% ABV
  • Morning Shot – Breakfast Stout (with Wicked Barrel) – 8% ABV
  • BIG BANG but some fuckin bureaucracy first – NE Jasmine Saison (with Armando Otchoa) – 7% ABV
  • The Black Pot – Imperial Stout (with Wicked Barrel2019 relaunch) – 10.5% ABV
    – Coffee, Cacao Nibs, and Chili version
    – Vanilla & Pistachio version

Bereta Brewing Community (homebrewer collaborations):

Gypsy range brewed at Ground Zero Brewery:

  • ‘Ai pi iei (Batch 1, orange label) – IPA – 6.3% ABV
  • ‘Ai pi iei (Batch 2, blue label) – IPA
  • Citro – NEPA – 6% ABV
  • Juicebag – NEIPA – 6% ABV
  • Juicebag – Simcoe dry hop edition – 6.6% ABV
  • Juicebag – Nelson Sauvin dry hop edition – 6.6% ABV
  • Nelson Galaticu’ – IPA – 7.1% ABV
  • One Down – 1 year anniversary IPA – 6.2% ABV
  • Ai pi iei (Batch 3, green label) – IPA
  • Citro V2 – IPA – 8% ABV
  • Times Are Changing – Double IPA – 8% ABV

Collaborations at Ground Zero brewery:

  • Imperial Juice –  New England DIPA (with Ground Zero) – 9% ABV
  • The Black Pot – Imperial Stout (with Wicked Barrel) – 10.5% ABV
  • Milk the fruits (apricot) – Apricot Ale (brewed for Berero Store) – 6.5% ABV
  • Orange Snow – Citrus Hoppy Saison (with Ground Zero) – 5.9% ABV
  • Roots Hoppy Roots  – Double IPA (with Ground Zero) – 8% ABV
  • Imperial Juice (2019 relaunch) – Double NEIPA (with Ground Zero) – 9% ABV

Collaborations at Hop Hooligans brewery:

  • Nutbusters – Coconut vanilla smoothie IPA – 6.7% ABV
  • Pulp Friction – Pineapple, passion fruit and apricot IPA – 6.5% ABV
  • 8 Years O’Clock – IPA (with Ground Zero and Hop Hooligans, brewed for the 8 year anniversary of Beer O’Clock) – 6% ABV
  • Birthday Bash – Strawberry Milkshake IPA (with Wicked Barrel and Hop Hooligans, brewed for Berero Store  3 year anniversary) – 6% ABV
  • Pulp Friction 2 – Pineapple, passion fruit and peach IPA – 6.5% ABV

For reviews check online at BeerAdvocate, RateBeerUntappd and Universitatea de Bere.

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This page was last updated April 11 2019.