Small breweries are taking over
While Estonia’s biggest breweries are looking to export their beers, smaller, craft breweries are growing quickly.
Three main craft breweries have popped up over the last few years: Sillamäe Õlletehas, the Old Town brewpub Beerhouse, and Pihtle Õlu from Saaremaa.
Last year, the Kochi Ait Brewery in the Port district of Tallinn started production, along with Põhjala Brewery, as well as Õlle- naut in Saue. Põhjala has produced their beers in the Genika Beermasters rooms, but will open their own brewery in Nõmme. The Genika rooms are located in Jüri. At New Year’s Raba Pruulikoda made their beer available for tasting. This however was prepared elsewhere. Vormsi Õlu, despite being located in Koeru, is just starting productions.
Estonia’s small breweries and where to buy them in Tallinn:
Õllenaut. Many different kinds of beers. Available in most grocery stores
Lehe Brewery. Three different beers. Will be on the market soon.
Genika Õllemeistrid. Three different beers. Unfiltered and unpasteurised beers.
TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTO ANDREI CHERTKOV