Põhjala was founded in Tallinn, Estonia at the end of 2011 by four Estonian beer enthusiasts and home brewers.
Soon thereafter the company was joined by a Scottish head brewer, Chris Pilkington, with a few years of Brewdog experience under his belt.
Sorry — no tours available! We’re a small and busy production brewery and don’t have visitor facilities. This should change once we get our new brewery built but it won’t be ready until end of 2018.
But we do have a small bar in the city centre near the hip Telliskivi district that is open 3 days a week and always has the latest and freshest Põhjala stuff available — Speakeasy by Põhjala — Kopli 4.
The first Põhjala beer, Öö Imperial Baltic Porter, was released in the beginning of 2013 and for most of that year the beers were contract brewed in other breweries’ production facilities while preparing to open Põhjala’s own.
The project was completed in April 2014 and since then we’ve been brewing in our very own brewery in Tallinn’s Nõmme district.
Starting out with 5 x 24hl fermenters we have more than quadrupled annual production capacity in just 2.5 years.
Since 2014, Põhjala has poured beers at many beer festivals around the world — from TCBW organized by us in Tallinn, to Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Day in Tampa, Florida.
We have collaborated with good friends from breweries like To Øl, Boneyard, Brew By Numbers, Lervig, De Struise, Stillwater Artisanal to name a few. Our own beers encompass a range of styles, but with a particular focus on porters, barrel ageing, and the use of ingredients from the forests of Estonia — as well as more contemporary styles.
Põhjala currently exports to over 30 markets all over the world. There is hardly any country left in Europe where Põhjala hasn’t touched ground. These contacts have made it possible to meet great like-minded people all over the world.