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.

The first Põhjala beer, Öö Imperial Baltic Porter, was released in the beginning of 2013 and for most of that year, our beers were contract-brewed in other breweries’ production facilities while we prepared to open our own. Construction of our first brewery was completed in April 2014 in Tallinn’s Nõmme district.

Week one
First steel arriving to Nõmme facility
Team
Belgian crew visiting. TCBW vibe in the brewery

Starting out with just 5 × 24-hl fermenters, we more than quadrupled our 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 and Young Master Invitational in Hong Kong.

Brewing at BBNo
Charlie, Norway Brewing Co.
Les Berthom, Lyon
Monterey, Berlin
Brewing Taanilinn
Kimchi Radio. Amsterdam

We have collaborated with good friends from breweries like Boneyard, Brew By Numbers, De Struise, Lervig, Stillwater Artisanal, Jester King, Stigbergets, Norway Brewing Company, Jing-A, Mallaskoski, Birrificio Italiano and To Øl. Our own beers span a broad range of styles, but with a particular focus on porters, barrel ageing, and ingredients from the forests of Estonia — as well as more contemporary styles.

ピガール
Speakeasy Bar
Brewing at Dream Brewers
Legendary Shanghai BeerLady

New era.

At the end of 2018, we moved to our new facility in the historical Noblessner shipyard area by the sea in North Tallinn.

The Põhjala Brewery and Tap Room now features a 50 hl Rolec brewhouse and Framax filing line, state of the art lab facilities and a tap room with 120 seats and 24 taps.

Põhjala currently exports to over 30 markets around the world and to almost every country in Europe. These contacts have brought us together with like-minded people all over the world.

Markets we sell beer to…

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Croatia
Czechia
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovenia
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States

The team

Christopher Pilkington Head Brewer
Rait Kulli Production
Samu Heino Lab
Samuel Oja Brewing
Arvi Lehtsalu Packaging/Brewing
Chris „Wolfie“ Forster Brewing
Martin Vahtra Brewing
Peeter Keek Sales
Enn Parel Manager
Eha Lamp Finance
Marke Saaremets Design
Kristi Hagel Sales
Tõnis Vaher Marketing
Deivi Tamm Sales
Tom Shanahan Export Sales
Art Odras Packaging
Karolina Vasser Shop & Media
Tiit Paananen Tech
Gren Noormets Finance

Get in touch

Brewery
Põhjala Brewing AS
Peetri 5, Tallinn 10415, Estonia
pohjala@pohjalabeer.com

Tap Room
Book a table or a brewery tour →
+372 5666 2800
taproom@pohjalabeer.com

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