Hop Hooligans


Location: Jilava, Ilfov county
Open since: November 2016
Brewers: Cristian Mihai Dinu and Mircea Georgescu

General information:

It would be safe to say that Hop Hooligans are not only the prodigies of the Romanian craft beer scene, but also the most prolific brewery in the country. Though not the first and definitely not the largest in terms of output, they have quickly become one of the most instantly recognizable presences on the market.

Their story started off when Mircea and Cristi partnered up with Petre Ion, founder of Beer O’Clock, one of the first craft beer bars in the country. Sadly, about half a year since their launch, Petre died in a car crash in late April of 2017, leaving the hooligans to fend for themselves. Times were grim for a while (the name of their Game Over IPA was more than just a gimmick), yet through hard work and an ever growing fan base, the orphaned lads managed to pull through and persevere in the industry.

What sets them apart is not only the quality of their brews (a quick search on either RateBeer or Untappd will always contain at least one of their concoctions among the top 10 beers in Romania), but their diligence in approaching new ideas, as well as equally crafty industry folk for some truly remarkable collaborations.

The Hop Hooligans life motto is fairly straightforward: they only make beer that they would like to drink. Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of styles these guys are willing to try, or the kind of adjuncts they’re willing to use to spice things up a notch. So far, their beer portfolio has expanded like a ravenous yeast culture that has sniffed out some fermentable sugars, and they have approached many styles that are a first on the Romanian market: milk stouts, sours, barley wines, brut IPAs, as well as a list of adjuncts that encompasses everything from orange peels to spruce tips and jalapeños. Heck, their Shock Therapy IPA range alone seems wholly dedicated to trying out every hop combo available since people got tired of drinking gruit, so there’s no saying where their experiments will end.

Their array of collaborations is expanding just as boldly, seeing brew days in partnership with both Romanian brewers (such as Bereta, or Wicked Barrel and Hophead), as well as breweries from Wales or, closer to home, in Moldova. And when you’re so busy poking your nose in your neighbor’s mash tun, it’s only normal that someone’s going to take notice. Therefore, they should definitely be proud of the fact that their beers are available (not only by the bottle, but also on draft) in select locations in the UK and Poland, as well as appearing at international beer festivals in Belgium, for instance.

Ever so keen on being revolutionary, in June 2018 they also announced the purchase of a canning facility from the UK, thus making them the first Romanian craft brewery to be available by the can. A very bold move, yet one we’ve eagerly awaited, especially in the light of them considering switching from bottles altogether.

In a few short months since early November 2016, the hooligans have gone from the new kids on the block, to one of the most widely regarded breweries in the country. Less than a year down the line, in July 2017, they have also become one of the 5 independent breweries to join the Craft Beer Producers’ Association aiming to promote Romanian craft beer, as well as helping out brewers set up and further their growth on the market. And at the rate at which they’re growing and exploring new avenues, keeping an eye on their brews is a definite must.

Their impressive range is available in both 330ml and 500ml bottles or cans, as well as draft in designated pubs and shops across the country. Or, if you prefer to enjoy them from the comfort of your home, you can order them online straight from their website – now shipping anywhere in the EU.

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Their range of beers back when it was bottled


(Beers marked with C are also available by the can)
  • Crowd Control – IPA (over 50 batches brewed so far) – 6% ABV – C
  • Chupacabra – Spiced Stout – 7.5% ABV – C
  • Royal Execution – ESB – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Summer Punch – Pale Ale – 5% ABV – C
  • Cannon Fire – Coconut Porter – 5.7% ABV – C
  • Shock Therapy – IPA (currently at its 17th version, each one rocking a different hop addition – see detailed list below) – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Fist Fight – Session IPA – 4.5% ABV – C
  • Night Lights – Black IPA – 6.5% ABV – 
  • Dumpster Bear – Blueberry Milk Stout – 7% ABV
  • Emperor – Mango Wheat Ale – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Tonka Rush – Coffee Stout – 9% ABV
  • Melting Pot – English Barley Wine – 12.5% ABV
  • Koschei – Imperial Russian Stout – 10.5% ABV
  • Lederhosen – Hefeweizen – 6.5% ABV
  • Modern Mosaic – Imperial IPA – 9% ABV – C
  • Sencha – Japanese Tea Pale Ale – 5% ABV – C
  • Game Over – IPA – 6% ABV – 
  • Sourpuss – Berliner Weisse – 5% ABV
    – Blackberry
    – Raspberry
    Blackcurrant – 
    – Passion Fruit & Pineapple – C
  • Winter Socks – Fig and Maple Winter Warmer – 9% ABV
  • Evergreen – Spruce Tip IPA – 7% ABV
  • Heartbreaker – Hibiscus, Lime and Jalapeño IPA – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Why the Long Face?  – Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Stout – 7.5% ABV
  • Time – Imperial Stout (aged on Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla) – 11% ABV
  • Shady Sushi – IPA – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Earth Is Not Flat – NEIPA – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Wild Alert – Sour IPA – 6% ABV – C
  • Bubbles Are Forever – Brut IPA – 6% ABV – C
  • Jilava Cake – Imperial Stout (2 year anniversary beer) – 9.5% ABV – C
  • Never Over – Barrel Aged American Imperial Stout – 12% ABV – C
    – Heaven Hill BA
    – Buffalo Trace BA
  • Trial and Terroir – Lambic Wild Ale with berries – 7% ABV (sneak preview during their 2nd anniversary, official launch due in 2019) 
  • Cozonac – Romanian sponge cake chocolate milk Stout – 7.9% ABV – C
  • Slice of Pi – Cinnamon Peach IPA – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Bee With Me – Imperial Honey Porter – 10% ABV

The Shock Therapy IPA versions:
Version 1: Rakau & Waimea
Version 2: Hallertau Blanc & Hüll Melon
Version 3: Azacca & Simcoe
Version 4: Flight & Waimea
Version 5: Ekuanot 
Version 6: Centennial & Mosaic
Version 7: Sorachi Ace
Version 8: Citra & Ella
– Version 9: Falconer’s Flight
Version 10: Azacca
– Version 11: Citra
– Version 12: Ekuanot & Centennial 
Version 13: Simcoe
– Version 14: Amarillo & Rakau
– Version 15: Loral
– Version 16: El Dorado
– Version 17: Enigma, Citra & Ekuanot


  • 6 Years O’Clock – IPA (with Ground Zero, brewed for the 6 year anniversary of Beer O’Clock) – 6% ABV
  • Nutbusters – Coconut Vanilla Smoothie IPA (with Bereta) – 6.7% ABV – C
  • 7 Years O’Clock – IPA (brewed for the 7 year anniversary of Beer O’Clock) – 6% ABV
  • Chunky Pith – Chocolate Orange Stout (with Waen and Hopcraft) – 8.5% ABV
  • Sinking Ship – Imperial Smoked Rye Porter (with Sunstone Alehouse) – 9% ABV
  • Pulp Friction – Pineapple, Passion fruit and Apricot IPA (with Bereta) – 6.5% ABV
  • Screwed Up – Triple dry-hopped Rye IPA (with Hophead) – 7.5% ABV – C
  • New Lands – Norwegian Farmhouse IPA (with Wicked Barrel) – 7.5% ABV
  • 8 Years O’Clock – IPA (with Bereta and Ground Zero, brewed for the 8 year anniversary of Beer O’Clock) – 6% ABV
  • Birthday Bash – Strawberry Milkshake IPA (with Beretaand Wicked Barrel, brewed for Berero Store  3 year anniversary) – 6% ABV – C
  • Trouble Gum – Belgian IPA (with Hophead) – 6.5% ABV
  • We Like New Hops And We Cannot Lie – NEIPA (with Simply Hops) – 6.5% ABV – 
  • White Diamond Whale – Farmhouse Peach IPA (with Bereta) – 7.3% ABV
  • Yuri’s Cosmic Basil – Basil Raspberry Kettle Sour (with Waen and Hopcraft) – 3.8% ABV – UK market only
  • Pub Crawl Brawl – New Zealand Hopped IPA (with Waen and Hopcraft) – 5.5% ABV – UK market only
  • Hooligans on the Halfshell – Brett Oyster Stout (with The Velvet Owl Brewing Company) – 6% ABV – UK market only
  • Pulp Friction 2 – Pineapple, Passion fruit and Peach IPA (with Bereta) – 6.5% ABV – C
  • Angel’s Kiss – Cherry Strawberry Milkshake DIPA (with Zagovor Brewery) – 9% ABV – C
  • Lapsang Souchong tea infused Imperial Stout (with White Stork)  – coming soon
  • Sausage Party – Smoked Lager (with Zăganu) – 4.7% ABV

For reviews check out BeerAdvocate, RateBeer, Untappd and Universitatea de Bere.

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This page was last updated February 18 2019.