Anyone who has underestimated the Baltic States when it comes to craft beer should urgently open a bottle of Tanker beer. The guys from Estonia mix up the craft beer scene with fabulous beers and creative creations. Who else comes up with ideas like Sauna Session, a beer that perfectly captures that sauna feeling including a birch branch treatment?
Homebrewer meets craft brewer
What started as a hobby quickly developed into a box office hit: The three guys behind the Tanker Brewery from Estonia started very small. The first brews were conjured up and the first beer brewed in Jaani's garage. It was so good that soon a bunch of friends gathered around her, just waiting for the next beer to be brewed. At a homebrewer meeting, Jaanis and Ryan found the solution to their problem in the form of Ants, who already had a label, namely Tanker, and had first brewing experiences as a traveling brewer. The dream team was complete and the guys didn't hesitate: within a few months they looked for a location, set up their brewing system and received the go-ahead in April 2015 with their brewing license. In the summer they realized again that their beer was simply too good and that their system was too small for the huge demand. The company expanded and, in addition to the new boilers, also bought a filling system. Equipped in this way, they were able to cope with the onslaught and could concentrate fully on producing fantastic beers like Father Midnight
. This Russian Imperial Stout was created with Sakiškių alus
, a small fine brewery from the neighboring state of Lithuania.
Anyone who thinks that fancy beers automatically call for shrill, artificial ingredients is mistaken. With tankers only natural, carefully selected raw materials go into the boiler. These ingredients are balanced until the perfect recipe comes out. Ryan, Ants and Jaanis don't shy away from experimenting wildly and taking risks. The aim is to produce refreshingly new, special beers that are simply different. With this motto in mind, Tanker also became the first brewery in Estonia to dare to brew sour beers. Tanker brewers are happy to take this risk in order to jump right on the burgeoning trend of sour beers. We are curious what Ryan, Ants and Jaanis will come up with for us in the future!