amber ale


AMBER ALE

As you know, Russian troops were stationed in Hungary up untill 1990. One of their barracks was near the town where our father was working as an agricultural engineer in one of the country's many collectives, or co-operatives that had been formed through collectivization of land. In socialist times, since everything belonged to the state, and everything belonged to everyone, there were a lot of creative ways of making money on the side. This applied to Russian soldiers, and selling fuel was a thriving business. Our father asked if they could supply some more fuel, than the normal 1-200 liters (25-50 gallons). The answer was yes, but the next time they met they were in for a bit of a surprise. What they saw was a Russian army tanker truck with 40.000liter gasoline, followed by a heavy duty earth mover. They didn't really understand why, untill it started to carve a massive trench. Then the soldiers parked the truck in the hole. Yes the burried the whole tanker with the fuel, covered it back so just a small tap was visible, and voilá. they went there for petrol for three years...

4,5%

330ml
pale ale


PALE ALE

You can't not fall in love with Budapest if you visit, and we love our city too with all it's faults and charms. Arriving in your hometown has a special feel to it, just like this beer. You feel excited and relaxed at the same time, it's familiar, like you never left. You're at ease, cause you're at home. This beer is not complicated, it is meant to be enjoyed easily, but it is a strong representation of what we think comfort beers should be like.

4,5%

330ml
dark lager


DARK LAGER

The ornament you see on the label is not something we just put there. This dark lager started it's lifecycle going by the name Lokálpatrióta which of course means localpatriot. We feel strongly about this one, we still live next to the house we grew up in, which was built by our great-grandfather in 1929. He was the architect and one of the founding committee members of Budapest. His signature touch on the buildings he designed was a stone vase with roses at the highst point of the building. We still see some of those around, and it is still there on our house.

4,5%

330ml
ipa


INDIA PALE ALE

The Eastern Bloc was the group of communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact. The terms Communist Bloc and Soviet Bloc were also used to denote groupings of states aligned with the Soviet Union, although these terms might include states outside Central and Eastern Europe. Hungary was part of this Bloc and we took active role on takeing the iron curtain down. We represent our post communist heritage with this beer and design.

5,5%

330ml
lager


SESSION LAGER

You don't expect much from a lager, but understated things tend to have hidden value. Beer, as we knew it since for ever in this part of the world, has allways been a very much german and czech influenced world of lagers, with the occasional wheatbeer thrown in. The artwork has a bitter-sweet story. In the 1930's our grandfather was a young boy, one of seven children, and the son of a locksmith. And you can imagine they were really poor. They lived very close to Budapest, but still a small village. There were days when there was no work, although his father, did any job he could find, including repairing bicyle tyres. So when there was no money for food, the boys were sent outside to play, and they would throw pushpins on the road and when a cyclist had a puncture, they promplty offered them help and guided them to their father's shop. We know, this is hardly legal, but it is a good inspiration that sometimes you have to work hard to get something simple, and that resonates with this beer.

4,5%

330ml
brown ale


BROWN ALE

Its a dark ale so this story is a bit darker... Our grandfather was 16 when WWII reached Budapest. Luckily he was too young to be drafted, but at the time, all boys between 12-21 had to take part in a youth movement which was a half-militarized, scouts-like organization,and became openly pre-military by this time. The end of the war saw Hungary under a fascist puppet regime and by 1944 even 14-15 year olds were drafted and sent to Germany for training. The german soldier who was in charge of their group decided to start leading the group on a long march north/west, towards Denmark. They walked for weeks, around 15 miles every day, slept where they could and ate what they found. During this "longwalk" he and his friends had to dig frozen potatoes out of the ground if they wanted to eat, and his only constant source of energy was a small bag of sugar around his neck. They were lucky enough to find a train wreck that transported sugar, he decided that he only had one spoonful a day to keep his energy and to have his bag of sugar last as long as possible. They managed to escape the front untill the end of the war, after which he still had to work on a farm in Chechoslovakia for a year, before he was allowed to return home. All this time his family knew nothing of his whereabouts or even if he was alive, but he made it back to Budapest.

6,5%

330ml
wheat


WHEAT BEER

A wheat beer is meant to be a summer drink, a light refreshing taste of nature. Like being at the beach, enjoying the sun. This brings back memories for us, we spent practicly all of our childhood summers on the oldest lido of Budapest, the Csillaghegyi. Lidos are public outside swimming pools and surrounding facilities which are very popular in Hungary, a land locked country with only one large lake, Balaton. Budapest and Hungary is also well known for thermal baths, but lidos can be anywhere and they are a great place for young and old to spend time in the summer. This beer reminds us of those childhood summers and we hope you will feel similar.

4,5%

330ml

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