Romanian breweries took July by storm, with a good number of new releases across the board. And in spite of August being generally considered the last holiday month right before sending the kids back to school, brewers have been very productive. With 26 new releases, we've seen a wide array of styles, collaborations, as well as exciting beers to look forward to this autumn.
For our second entry in the Brew Day Log, we decided to join gypsy brewer Adi Oros from Blackout Brewing, as he took over the controls at Bere a la Cluj on August 13th, to brew batch three of his debut IPA, Delicate Psycho. Each version of this double dry-hopped IPA is slightly different, and this one will feature a generous dose of Galaxy hops.
In the three years we've been keeping an eye on the local craft beer industry, we have often asked ourselves all sorts of questions. 'Should we add this brewery to our database? What makes this brewery 'craft'? Is there even a definition of craft beer in Romania?' So back in January, we sat down and took on an enormous task: trying to come up with a definition ourselves.
Perhaps we've watched too many episodes of 'How It's Made' when we were kids, but we've always been curious to see how the beer we drink is brewed, and we figured you might be as well. So on August 8th, we headed out to the Hop Hooligans brewery in Jilava, to document the making of one of their flagship labels.
After a fairly dry June (not as far as weather was concerned), we're wrapping up July with a plentiful bounty. With almost 30 new beers released this month, from crowd favourite IPAs to a couple of delectable barrel aged offerings, July has seen a perfect combo of quantity and quality. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So kick off your flip-flops, lean back in your chaise longue with a cold one, and read on.
Already halfway through the year and we're seeing all sorts of interesting developments. While June's list of releases may be shorter than expected, any brewer worth their hops will tell you that it's been a busy month. So in between brewing new batches of their core range, attending numerous festivals and planning new brews for the upcoming month, June has been packed with all manner of excitement.
For the second edition of the TMCBF, we decided that attending as mere beer drinkers is not enough, so we spoke to Adi from Bereta about documenting the making of the festival. The result is a timeline of the 48 hours leading up to the event, with all manner of insights, logistical details, as well as the organizers' feedback on the previous event and expectations for future editions.
♪ It's raining, it's pouring, the mash tuns are roaring ♪ With the severely awful weather we've had this month, it's almost as if the brewers took pity on us and came up with plenty of new beers to liven up the mood. A well deserved series of craft beer events also lent a helping hand, so we can't say that this month has been all doom and gloom. So let's have a wee read and see what's been going on.
April has been an interesting month: even with Easter, Labor Day, and the start of the festival season looming on the horizon, we still saw quite a fair few releases. And while everyone and their dog seemed to be out and about, grilling meats and swigging treats, brewers were busy coming up with all sorts of exciting brews. So, grab a fresh one and let’s take a look at where we are.
Spring may be upon us, but the industry is far from in need of a thawing session. Following the momentum of previous months, March has seen plenty of releases, from new beers to new breweries, and some very long awaited collaborations. And as the country braces itself to stubbornly enjoy a cold one on a sunny-ish terrace, let’s take a look at what’s on the brewer’s table.