August 1, 2014

Finnish brewery’s beer named best in the world

From left to right, Pyynikki caft brewery's products: Pirun Polkka, Ruby Jazz and the awarded Vahvaportteri.
From left to right, Pyynikki caft brewery's products: Pirun Polkka, Ruby Jazz and the awarded Vahvaportteri.
ELINA MANNINEN

The Tampere-based craft brewery Pyynikki (Pyynikin käsityöläispanimo) has had its Vahvaportteri beer awarded the Gold Medal at the Global Craft Beer Award 2014 in Berlin.

The father of Vahvaportteri, Tuomas Pere.

The father of Vahvaportteri, Tuomas Pere.

Elina Manninen

The porter beer was chosen the best in the Porter/Brown Porter category of the awards. Over 60 breweries took part in the event organised by the Global Association of Craft Beer Brewers (GACBB).

The Pyynikki craft brewery commenced operations in 2013 and is run by over 600 like-minded people. It has nearly 1 000 shareholders. In spring 2014, the future of the brewery was uncertain due to a fire that destroyed much of the equipment, halting production for months. After the setbacks, the gold medal was received in high spirits.

“We’ve been happy to receive nice feedback from the renowned Harpoon Brewery, for example,” says the father of the Vahvaportteri beer, Tuomas Pere. “I believe that this win may help the craft beer culture grow in Finland and consequently create jobs.”

Due to Finnish laws, the brewery cannot sell their winner beer directly to the consumers, but rather through the national alcohol retailer Alko.

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