Location: Târgu Mureș, Mureș county
Open since: December 2018
Brewer: Călin Ignat
It must have been as early as November 2016 that we started following the story of Călin and his faithful hound Noah, set out on a quest to open the first craft brewery in the city of Târgu Mureș. We watched them with curious eyes as they posted photos from local homebrew tasting sessions of their pale and Christmas ales, hoping that their beers would come our way soon. And then, in spring of 2017, when we saw the first photos of their brewery and equipment being set up, we told ourselves that this is it, an official launch will be due any minute now.
Fate and the tedious bureaucratic process in Romania kept us on our toes for a while longer, and it wasn’t until May 2018 that their authorizations finally came through. It only took 600 days since filing their paperwork, but, in a very fitting way, they turned out to be the best present for Noah’s (the dog) 10 year birthday.
Since then, they have been working on adjusting their recipes, and their first pale ale was officially released at the beginning of December. Now, the general consensus is that brewing craft beer is an art in its own right, and that artists are, by definition, perfectionists. Still, we were surprised when we heard that Călin, the brewer, chose to discard 3 fully fledged batches down the drain, simply because he wasn’t happy with the way they turned out. What made this so surprising is the fact that, in a world where making amends with overdue bills and other financial setbacks takes priority, coming across a brewer who shows so much integrity towards not only his brand, but also his consumers, is no small feat. He gets a very shiny golden star in our books based on that alone.
Judging by the positive response they’ve had locally, and the fact that good things come to those who wait, we’re sure that their concoctions will rise to their standards, and we’re eagerly looking out for their beers to be available in shops, bars and online.
- Poet of Pale Ale – Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV
For reviews, keep an eye out for when the official labels will be added on Untappd.