Beers

We love beer and we put our soul into the brewing process to ensure every sip is an experience on its own. Below you will find the descriptions of our own beers. Since we are a mini microbrewery, we usually have four of our own brews ones available on tap. If you want to decide which one we’ll brew next, make sure to vote for your favorite.

Pönde

Saison

Birri’s first brew, our baby and a one hit wonder! This one was brewed in co-operation with Maku Brewing before our brewery was up and running and is the predecessor of Hesa, they share the same refreshing sourness with hints of lemon, very typical for a saison.

Willi

Wit

Wit, meaning a wheat beer brewed according to the Belgian tradition. Brewed in co-operation with Ruosniemen Panimo for the opening of Birri back in 2015. A refreshing wheat beer with flavored with coriander seeds and a hint of pomerance. 

Styrkka

OPA

A very hoppy OPA! Styrkka is brewed using Casacade and Citra hops, which gives Styrkka its characteristic hoppiness. The oats gives the brew some extra roundness in flavor and Styrkka has a incredible freshness that will make you think of freshly cut grass. Styrkka’s full bodied taste pairs well with spicier foods and strong flavors, such as Birri’s kimchi.

Hesa

Saison

Hesa, is a very typical Saison, brewed using barley and wheat. It is inspired by our first brew, which was brewed in co-operation Maku Brewing, but this one is done all by ourselves and we are quite proud of it! This is a beer with a lot of citrus notes and it’s sharp freshness cuts through fatty foods which makes this the perfect match with salty french fries and mayo.

Rööperi

India Pale Ale

Our own IPA, named after Helsinki’s coolest neighbourhood that just happens to be our location as well. Rööperi is a pale ale with a dark soul, brewed using a mix of hops from three different continents. Rööperi has a tangy, citrusy aroma and a long lasting round taste with a balanced malty bitterness. A very sophisticated option when choosing drinks for dinner.

Roba

India Pale Ale

Roba is the wannabe Belgian cousin of our IPA Rööperi. Unlike the traditional Belgians, this one is brewed on both barley and wheat but kick-started with a belgian yeast which makes all the difference and gives it an authentic Belgian taste. Roba is full-bodied and very charismatic with hints of exotic fruits and banana.

Ruska

Red Ale

Ruska is our Irish red ale and our fall brew. It gets it’s enchanting deep amber color from the malt that has been used in the brewing process. Ruska will keep you warm in when the days get shorter, and is especially brewed to compliment food being not too heavy nor too light and balancing a nice maltiness with not too much hops. Ruska is therefore the obvious option when it comes to dining.

Otso

Stout

Otso is a dark but very easy going Irish-style Stout. The maltiness is lusciously sweet with toasted tones and hints of licorice and anise. Otso is rather easily-drunk for being a Stout which makes it great on it’s own or for creating all kinds of flavored editions. 

Kymppi

Cream Ale

A Cream Ale with a lager-ish taste. Very easy to drink a few pints of, quite light and refreshing with a round and not too bitter taste. In other words, perfect for kicking off a great night! The fresh and sweet taste comes from the corn used in the brewing process and the Palisades hops used has a very characteristic hints of herbs. 

Eira

Bitter

Eira

An ESB, Extra Special Bitter - Birri style. A very malty Bitter, inspired by the British, with a sweet, vanilla like aroma. A bit of Phoenix hops has been added in the last stages of the brewing process to give it some extra fruitiness to go with the malt. According to our brew master, this is the perfect choice for an after-work out.

Rödbärgen

Also known as the ylläriolut, it is brewed as a surprise in co-operation with Donut Island and had it’s premiere on Punavuori Pub Crawl. Brewed using barley & wheat, flavored with black currant which makes it so interesting. A quite sour and refreshing beer.

Marja Hallonen

Belgian Golden

The brew was finished off with raspberry purée that made Marja all sweet and fruity, perfect for those long and light Helsinki summer nights

Bertta

Bertta

Bertta is the result of our customer's choice campaign in 2016 - a lovely Berliner Weisse that is great on it's own but has a fabulous depth that pairs well with pubfood.

From hops to pint

The hops farmer
The hops farmer

Hops give beer its bitterness, its aroma and flavor and works as a natural preservative. Hops are divided into two subgroups, noble hops, that have a nice aroma and flavor, and high-alpha hops that have a nice bitterness

When discribing the hops, the following terms are commonly used; grassy, citrusy, herbal, earthy and floral.

The farmer and the malter
The farmer and the malter

When brewing different kinds of grains are used, of which the most common is barley. Wheat, rye or oat are often used as a part in mixes based on barley. In the malt house, the grains are soaked in water, dried and roasted. The roasting degree determines the colour of the beer.

The flavor of malt is usually described with the following terms; roasted, caramel, sweet, deep, bready, toffee and coffee.

The yeast hunter
The yeast hunter

The yeast starts a fermentation process, where the sugar of the grains turn into alcohol. Yeasts are often divided into top and bottom yeast, either it floats up to the surface or sinks to the bottom. The fermentation can also happen without any added yeast, that is called spontaneous fermentation.

Yeast is often describes with the following aromas; fresh bread, banana, gum and tropical fruits.

The brewer
The brewer

The brewers job stars with mashing, a process where the usable sugars from the malt is released with the help of warm water. This leaves us with sugary liquid, called wort, that is moved into a large brew kettle and the hops is added. During the boiling proccess the beer gets its aroma and bitterness.

The fermentation process with top yeast in 15-22 ⁰C takes 2-5 days and after that, the beer matures for a few days in a lower temperature. When using bottom yeast, the fermentation process happens in a week in temperatures between 8-12⁰C. The beer matures in about 2-6 weeks.

Cervesario
Cervesario

The cevesario, or beer somelier, is in charge of the last stages in the process, quality controll and pouring, before the beer can be enjoyed by a connoisseur. He knows his beer and is continousely developing the selection with the brewer in order to meet the expectations of even the most demanding customers.

Beer connoisseur
Beer connoisseur

A real connoisseur does not only posses a lot of knowledge, he also has an exceptionally well developed palate. He analyses all aspects of the beer, everything from apperance to aftertaste. He is respected for his talent for finding and describing the the different characteristics and nuances that are hiding in the taste. He knows how to enjoy life.