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Cuvée Nora

The story of our sour beer

At the beginning of February we brewed what is going to be a wild Saison with rye and spelt malts, fermented directly in a new oak barrel with  Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces yeasts as well as Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacterial strains.

Everything was going smooth as planned. We received the brand new barrel, we applied the special instructions which we needed to swell the barrel for several days and after we made the beer, we transferred it directly in the barrel and added the yeast. In the first days the fermentation was going wild, being very aggressive, causing the barrel staves to loosen. So it began the leaking…

Cuvee Nora

As much as we like to think that everything is going as planned, sometimes the unexpected hits you. The same happened to our beer. Day after day, the leaking was intensifying causing a lot of beer loss. We tried every method that was possible to stop the leaking, but it was all in vain, the fermentation was too aggressive and therefore we had no way of stopping that leaking.

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Craft Beer in times of Corona

Quadrupel Zetea Vinars Barrel Aged

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These are times that put us to test. Testing what? Testing our patience and ourselves because in these moments of uncertainty we need to return to that simple life in which we cherish the good things.
A lot of you are struggling with quarantine but very few see the great part in it. When was the last time you had time? Time to enjoy all the things you wanted to do indoor, like reading, cooking, watching a film, staying with your loved one or enjoying a craft beer.
Now is the moment you can do that.

From the beginning our creed was patience and time. Connecting that to our Quadrupel, we always took it as an exercise with ourselves and the beers that we are brewing. Of course, we can release them earlier, but we taste and wait until we consider that our goal is attained and the beer that was barrel aged is what we imagined to be. Most of the times, the beer manage to surprise us because the taste evolves so much and becomes more and more complex.

Even if the times are uncertain we have faith in our customers and fans of craft beer. We decided to release our latest Quadrupel aged in a vinars barrel.
Two years ago we tried for the first time Zetea Vinars. And we were impressed by the taste of it.
“Zetea XO is a remarkable wine distillate, obtained by its own method. The assortment consists of the highest quality natural ingredients, carefully selected to compose an expressive and harmonious aromatic palette.

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The Quadrupel Pilgramage

Quadrupel Whisky Barrel Aged


You all got already used to our wonderful series of Quadrupel Barrel Aged. For this fourth batch, we choose to split it in two whisky barrels , each of 190 liters. The decision on which barrels to choose was simple, we tasted some whiskies in the past days and developed a pleasure in discovering all the flavors a whisky has. And oh, we discovered the peated whiskies and it was just pure chemistry.
Each of the whiskies that we choose the barrels from has a little story. We bought the first time Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky as a present gift for a friend that was living in Spain and we went there to make a surprise for her birthday anniversary. We read a little about the whisky and we thought that it was going to be a good idea. Pleasant aromas of honey, vanilla, almonds all rounded up in a triple distilled beverage, what can you ask more, purity and taste. After tasting the first time, we were really curious about its story, so we did some research. In 1823 the distillery was established by en engineer from Greenock.

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2ND ANNIVERSARY

15.12.2019 – Celebrating 2 years at Fabrica de Bere Buna – Romanian Craft Beer Bar


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Right at this exact moment, when I am writing this post, I am enjoying one of the beers that we are going to launch on Sunday for our two year anniversary. Oh my my… cotton candy version.
Another year has passed and this Sunday we are celebrating our birthday party. We had such a busy year, but it was all worth it and the future looks pretty, pretty good.

In order to draw some conclusions at the end of this year, we won two gold medals in two extremely important competitions in Germany (Meinenger’s International Craft Beer Award) and England (European Beer Challenge) with Quadrupel Rom Barrel Aged and Mezcal Barrel Aged. The Quadrupel is our flagship beer, it is the beer that represents us. When you think about Oriel and you need to try one of our Quadrupels.

Going forward, we had two collaborations, in Belgium with ‘t Hofbrouwerijke and in the Netherlands, with Brouwerij School. It was an intense experience because we saw how to make beer on a larger scale. Both beers were Saison, a simple, more hoppy and one flavored with violets. We attended a beer festival in the Netherlands, Carnivale Brettanomyces, one of the most exclusive in the Netherlands, was an experience completely out of the ordinary. We started to export beer to Belgium and Netherlands and the feedback that we received was amazing, we were afraid to enter an international market with Belgian beers, which are usually so classic, but we made our path among the big ones and it is nice to receive feedback from strangers that love our beer.

The summer of 2019 was the first summer we attended the beer festivals in Romania, in Iasi, Cluj and Bucharest. We have been happy to see many of you and to meet others, those who support us from the beginning.

On Sunday, we are celebrating 2 years of Oriel, we will have a small gathering at Fabrica de Bere Buna – Romanian Craft Beer Bar, on Calea Victoriei 91 – 93, and we thought to make the event on Sunday to end the week with good vibes only.

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European Beer Challenge

Oriel Quadrupel Mezcal Barrel Aged wins Gold Medal in London


Oriel Quadrupel Mezcal Barrel Aged wins Gold Medal in London

Our beer just won big at the most Important Beer Competition in the World.
Winning a Gold European Beer Challenge Medal, is the seal of approval for established and rising beer producers. The Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London was the centre of the action as the most prominent beer buyers assembled for the blind tasting.

Judges included senior representatives of Whole Foods, 67 Pall Mall, Waitrose, Savoy Grill, Coop, Intercontinental, Roka, Brown’s Hotel, The Arts Club and Bibendum.

1,000 samples from 38 countries fought head to head. High profile entrants included ABInBev, Freedom Brewery, Waldhaus, Holba, Tommy’s Brewing, Thornbridge, L.B.F., and Barcelona Beer Company.

We are just so thrilled that our beer performed so well at the European Beer Challenge 2019, we are very excited that the most significant beer buyers selected our creation from amongst the top quality Breweries in the World. We are now proudly displaying our European Beer Challenge Medals to showcase that Oriel Quadrupel Mezcal Barrel Aged is a Gold European Beer Challenge 2019 Medal Winner. And this is saying a lot.

Oriel Quadrupel Mezcal Barrel Aged was made over a year ago, the entire process lasted one year with the fermentation, barrel aging and refermentation, so yes, good things take time. Have patience and something great will happen.

And as all of our barrel aged beers, the Mezcal version is sold out from the brewery, but you can find it to taste it in one of our usual locations.


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A story about time

Oriel Quadrupel Mezcal Barrel Aged


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One year ago we brewed the third batch of Quadrupel. Long before the brew day we did some research on which type of barrels we should use, for the first batch, we used Jack Daniel’s whiskey, for the second Rum from Belize and for the third, we wanted to experiment more, so we took Mezcal barrels. I am not sure how many of you know what is mezcal, is often mistaken with tequila, but it is made slightly different.

Mezcal is a spirit made from different varieties of agave and it can only be labeled mezcal if it is 100% agave and made within a certain region of Mexico that comprises 7 different states. The main mezcal producer is Oaxaca state. The agave are harvested, cut off and the remaining heart, called the piña are placed into a pit and there they are left there to roast for four days.

The roasting brings out the natural sugars of the agave that is very sweet.


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Craft beers aged in wine barrels

Dubbel Merlot and Tripel Chardonnay aged in Romanian oak barrels from Liliac Winery

Imagine a mélange between beer and wine.

That was the concept that we had in mind when we started to get in touch with a lot of wineries from Romania. Being a small microbrewery doesn’t give you an advantage and we received a lot of negative answers from wineries that we had a lot of expectations of. But as in the beer field, in the wine business is also complicated, therefore we kept trying until some open minded people were interested enough in this collaboration. After a lot of emails sent and phone calls, we finally received some positive answer and we were happy about that.


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New month, new beers

Oriel Quadrupel Blackberry Vanilla

When we think about July, we think about summer. Summer has taken her entire power over the city and she is strong, sunny and beautiful.

With all that hot weather, working around or just enjoying the days, we all need a moment for ourselves. And here comes the beer. Treat yourself with a moment of lavishness while drinking one of our new releases of the month, we promise that all are exquisite.

Let’s start with our first release of the month that is the Quadrupel Blackberry Vanilla.

We met the guys from Abund Berry many months ago, actually last year in the summer when they had their fresh production of blackberries, but we had our tanks full and didn’t have the time to make a new beer with fruits. Time passed, they transformed their blackberries into wine, jam and some, into a natural juice that was kept in a cold storage.

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Gold Medal

Oriel Quadrupel Belize Rum BA awarded at Meinenger’s International Craft Beer Award

There are times in life when you work so hard and eventually the work that you are making gets noticed. As it was normal, because we got used to receive prizes when we were homebrewing years ago,  so when we got pro, we decided to check in a professional competition to see how good our beer is.

Oriel Quadruepel Belize Rum BA is a quadruple style beer, of 10% ABV, aged in Rum barrels for seven months. As you all know, an exceptional beer needs time and for this one we gave her time of fermentation, barrel aging and bottle conditioning for many months.

We found out at the beginning of 2019 about this competition, is one of the best craft beer competitions from Germany and thousands of beers are judged yearly by a lot of judges. We didn’t know we got chances to win, but still, we were like “yes, let’s do this!”. We entered the contest, sent 10 bottles to Germany and waited for the answer. The final results were to be announced  by the middle of April, but not the exact awards.

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Can you See the Light?

An audacious collaboration between Oriel Beer and Wicked Barrel

If you see the light, you suddenly understand something you didn’t understand before. This quote is from Cambridge dictionary. How it can relate to our beer? Well, is very simple, because you all have a perception on an imperial stout beer and when you will try this beer, you will see that is different and you will begin to understand.
The stouts are top fermented beers, dark in color and made with roasted malts. Back in 1677, the word stout appeared for the first time in the Egerton Manuscript (a book written by Francis Henry Egerton, an Earl of Bridgewater), but it referred as a stronger beer rather than dark.

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Photo by Hidden Hallow Photography

The story of the Imperial Stout started somewhere in the 18th century, when a brewery from London started to export  to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer was dark and with a higher alcohol content  and the Empress just loved it.

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