WHAT KIND OF BREWERIES DO YOU NORMALLY WRITE ABOUT?
All breweries on this website are independent businesses, most brewing in Romania, although there’s a couple still brewing abroad while they’re waiting to set up their own facilities in the country. Their setup is small, with their yearly output ranging between 80 and 5000 hectoliters, labeling them as microbreweries. All businesses described produce their beers with natural ingredients, and the resulting brews are unfiltered and unpasteurized.
If you’re really curious about the larger independent breweries, you can find them on our map, but they don’t have descriptions on our website.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT A BREWERY IS ‘OPEN SINCE…’?
With all breweries, we write down the date when their beers were actually available on the market. Given the fact that it took some of them over 1 year to obtain authorizations, there’s no point in saying that ‘Brewery X opened in May 201X’ when in fact they had their equipment sitting around until October 201Y, when they actually started selling.
HOW OFTEN IS YOUR INFORMATION UPDATED?
New beers are usually added to the page within 1 hour of them being announced by the brewery on social media. New breweries are added to our map as soon as we come across them. Adding a page on the website for new breweries can take around 2-3 days, with their general info and contact details.
However, given the nature of our schedules, and the time needed to collect the data from the brewers, acquire the beers and take photos, it may take up to 6 months for a brewery page to have a full description, instead of just the general info. If you want to help us speed up this process, you can give us a shout.
WHY DO SOME PAGES SAY ‘FOUNDERS’ AND OTHERS SAY ‘BREWER’?
Not all breweries have the founder (the business man with the idea and the money) as the brewer. For some of them, the name of the head brewer is not publicly available, and because the brewery did not disclose it, then we won’t show it either.
I KEEP SEEING ALL SORTS OF FIGURES FOR OUTPUT, WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
Ah, this one’s a bit tricky. Some people refer to the output of a brewery as the capacity of the brew house, others as the combined volume of the fermenting vessels. Unless specifically mentioned, we refer to the output as the capacity of the fermenting vessels. As for yearly output, that refers to the amount of hectoliters a brewery can produce in a year, as disclosed by the brewers themselves.
YOU GUYS DRINK A LOT OF BEER, WHY DON’T YOU HAVE REVIEWS AS WELL?
Drinking beer and reviewing it are two different things. We prefer the former, both because we’re lazy, but also because there are specialized people and websites who do beer reviews better than we ever will 😉
THERE’S A LOT OF CRAFT BREWERIES IN MOLDOVA AS WELL, WHY DON’T YOU INCLUDE THEM ON THIS WEBSITE?
This is something we’re seriously debating, and we’re highly likely to make a separate section for them in the months to come. Stay tuned!
YOU HAVE A LOT OF PHOTOS ON YOUR WEBSITE BUT THEY’RE SO SMALL THEY HURT MY EYES. ANY CHANCE I COULD GET THEM IN HIGHER RESOLUTION?
Send us an email and we’ll talk 🙂
WHY ARE SOME OF THE BOTTLES IN YOUR PHOTOS EMPTY?
Because we drank them.
On a more serious note, there’s several reasons:
– some beers are old and no longer produced, so the only way to show them side-by-side with the newer ones is to show the empty bottles;
– with hoppy beers, we’re going to drink them as soon as possible, because enjoying a fresh IPA is more important to us than keeping the bottle for photo purposes;
– empty bottles look nicer and more homogeneous, and they also prevent people from asking silly questions like ‘Hey why didn’t they fill it to the brim?’;
– some breweries have quite a lot of beers that need photos taken of (looking at you Hop Hooligans) so obviously carrying 20+ empty bottles is easier than lugging around the full ones.
I HAVE A BAR/SHOP THAT SELLS X BEER, CAN YOU PROMOTE IT ON YOUR PAGE?
We try to maintain neutrality in terms of advertising businesses, so we will refrain from actively promoting an event/shop/bar (with the exception of online shop Berero Store, because they supply nationwide, and a couple of other locations for beers that are hard to find). Otherwise, beer availability is listed on our website here as well as the pages for each brewery, but it depends entirely on the information the breweries themselves provide.
I’M CURRENTLY MAKING BEER IN MY GARAGE FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, CAN I BE ON YOUR WEBSITE UNDER ‘COMING SOON’?
We’re always eager to hear about more people making beer, however, we’re only writing about those who brew with the purpose of selling it. If you’re a homebrewer who already has their setup in place and just awaiting authorizations, or even a gypsy brewer collaborating with brewery X, then send us your details and we’ll be happy to have you on board.