Open since: December 2017
Brewers: Laurențiu Mândrilă & Ioana Coca
Some breweries show up on the market seemingly over night, without so much as a hint of notice. Others generate a snowballing amount of hype in the months preceding their launch, and when they do hit the shelves, it makes the wait all that much worthwhile. In our entire time keeping track of the Romanian craft beer scene, we have rarely come across a brewery as eagerly awaited as Oriel Beer.
Their story goes back to the summer of 2010, when Laurențiu and Ioana decided they needed a change of scenery as well as a palate cleanse after the generic lagers available on the local market, and made their acquaintance with Trappist beers. Their encounter was not only eye opening, but it also sparked an interest for brewing beer, which they both pursued passionately. In the years to follow, Laurențiu not only moved on from the beginners’ kits, but did so in a way that brought him several awards in homebrewing competitions, both in Romania as well as abroad, in countries such as Slovenia, Croatia and the neighboring Bulgaria and Hungary. With such an impressive award portfolio, particularly for his Quadrupel, it was only a matter of time before word got out in 2015 that a brewery was also in the making, and the hype started building among the beer lovers and connoisseurs.
Their launch in December 2017 was the embodiment of several years’ worth of hard work, and while the long awaited Quad has seen its release postponed a couple of times, their Blond and Dubbel received a high acclaim.
Given their small, 500 liter output, as well as the fact that their production is a long and thoroughly meticulous process, Oriel Beer is not the kind of brewery you will come across as festivals. With no plans to open a kegging facility, their beers are only available by 330ml bottles, and are best enjoyed with an adequate food pairing, as well as all the tasting notes paraphernalia you can get your hands on. We also recommend visiting their brewery which, while a bit difficult to find, they helped build from scratch, and is a picture-perfect example of what a brewing setup should look like. It also provides an excellent setting for not only sampling their beers, but also finding out more about the brewing process straight from the mouths a very passionate (and somewhat geeky) couple.
Additionally, you can buy their beers online, or check them out in any of the following locations.
- Oriel Blond
- Oriel Dubbel
- Oriel Quadrupel barrel age (1st batch due in June 2018)
– batch 1: Jack Daniels BA
– batch 2: Belize Rum BA
Seasonal/limited edition beers (all coming soon):
- Oriel Saison
- Oriel Blond Wild – with Brettanomyces yeast