Gypsy brewing since: May 2016
Brewers: Adrian Biebel & Silviu Burtă
Bereta represent the embodiment of the new wave of modern brewers: young beer aficionados turned homebrewers, turned gypsy brewers, now on the way to opening up 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 homebrewing 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 very 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 being tormented for almost two years with their gypsy brewing shenanigans). And so, they started work on their their beers in a more permanent residence, at their newly opened brewery in Timişoara. And as a parting gift, they did one last take (well, technically two) on 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.
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 concoctions.
Their gypsy brewed range was usually available in 330ml bottles, as well as draft in limited amounts. It may be difficult to spot when their beers will be available next, so keeping an eye on their Facebook page will definitely help. 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 Viniloteca in their hometown, Timişoara.
Also, keeping the beer bottles themselves is advised, as most 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).
No permanent beers from these guys just yet, but so far they have brewed the following:
At Ground Zero Brewery:
- Ai pi iei (Batch 1, orange label) – IPA
- Ai pi iei (Batch 2, blue label) – IPA
- Citro – NEPA
- Juicebag – NE IPA
- Juicebag – Simcoe dry hop edition
- Juicebag – Nelson Sauvin dry hop edition
- Nelson Galaticu’ – IPA
- One Down – One year anniversary beer (IPA)
- Ai pi iei (Batch 3, green label) – IPA
- Citro V2 – IPA
- Times Are Changing – Double IPA
At Ground Zero brewery:
- Imperial Juice – NE IPA (Collaboration with Ground Zero)
- The Black Pot – Imperial Stout (Collaboration with Wicked Barrel Brewery)
- Milk the fruits (apricot) – Apricot Ale (brewed for Berero)
- Orange Snow – Citrus Hoppy Saison (Collaboration with Ground Zero)
At Hop Hooligans brewery:
- Nutbusters – Coconut vanilla smoothie IPA
- Pulp Friction – Pineapple, passion fruit and apricot IPA
- 8 Years O’Clock – IPA (collaboration with Ground Zero and Hop Hooligans, brewed for the 8 year anniversary of Beer O’Clock)
- Str. Calea Timişoarei 42A, Giarmata, Timiş, Romania 307210
- Tel: +40 744 616 705
- Web: www.bereta.tm.ro
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeretaTM