There was a time when the list of gypsy breweries in Romania contained one glorious name: Bereta Brewing.
However, 2018 saw a rapid rise in the number of contract brewing, with a steady continuation into 2019, and while these lads don’t have a brewery of their own just yet, they surely deserve their own page. And with the Gypsy Program kicking off at Ground Zero, as well as other breweries opening their doors to various nomads, this list is sure to grow in the months to come.
Here are the 17 gypsy & contract brewers you will find in Romania:
Contract brewing in Germany since 2016, 1717 are creating authentic Bavarian style craft beers, with a modern, Romanian twist.
Currently crafting their wares at Three Happy Brewers, Anagram made their debut in May of 2018.
Hoping to open their own brewery in the Bukovina region of Romania, these lads are currently brewing at Ground Zero and have released their first beer in December 2018.
One of the four craft breweries in Cluj-Napoca, they have brewed for almost 2 years in Hungary, before relocating to Cluj at the beginning of 2018.
Contract brewing with Three Happy Brewers since the beginning of 2018, they have a simpler and rather olde worlde approach to the styles they make.
After many years of passionate homebrewing, the third gypsy brewery in the city of Cluj started its production in January 2019.
What started off as a ingredients shop for brewers that also provided classes for enthusiastic homebrewers, in December 2018 they also released their first beer brewed commercially, at Ground Zero.
Also partaking in the general shenanigans at Three Happy Brewers, these lads saw their debut in August 2018.
Newest gypsy brewer to join the Cluj scene, currently brewing at Bereta.
A gypsy brewer operating out of the Kutuma brewery in Cluj Napoca, Neuron Mash aim to re-educate your palate and show you the hoppier side of life.
Brewing with Bereta since January 2019, their first beer is going live in April.
The second gypsy brewery to join the gang at Kutuma brewed its first beer in January 2019, and is looking to join the market the following month.
Although the company itself is from Moldova, the core of their brews has been made in partnership with breweries in Romania. After spending a while in the brew house at Sikaru, in 2017 they started collaborating with other local breweries as well.
A small, family run brewery from Harghita county, they have started contract brewing in Hungary in the autumn of 2018.
Part of the Ground Zero gypsy program, they also released their first beers in December 2018.
Romania’s second gypsy brewers and proud collectors of quite a few awards. Their imperial stout quickly shot to the number one spot on RateBeer in 2017, and they were awarded the title of 2nd Best New Brewery in the world that same year.
The first brewery to open in Romania in 2018, they have currently brewed two batches under the tutelage of Ground Zero.