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Beers from Estonia

Beers from Estonia

Estonia has a long tradition of brewing, as beer was preferred to water before the advent of sanitation systems. Even as today it remains some farm brewing tradition especially in the island of Saarema, with local styles like Koduõlu or Taluõlu, that could be related to modern sour/wild ales. Homebrewing heavily decreased with the arrival of industrial beer, with the establishment of the famous A. Le Coq brewery, when the market became predominantly flooded with pilsner style lagers. The craft beer movement didn't arrive to Estonia until the early 2010's with the arrival of Põhjala—the first craft brewery to put Estonia in the map, especially with their reinterpretation of Baltic Porter—and recently many others breweries are emerging in the scene, like Pühaste, Lehe, Tanker or Õllenaut.