My husband and I moved to the little island of Bornholm with a vision of making beer using some of the glorious local ingredients. Bornholm is located in the middle of the Baltic sea, and has a unique climate, making it home to a wide range of grains, herbs and fruits that can be used in brewing. We wanted to use these inhgredients in barrel aged beers fermented with a wild culture.
Our House Culture
All our beers contain our house culture, that we created simply by placing a bucket filled with sugary beer wort underneath the apple tree in our garden and wait for the magic to happen. And it did! After a few days the wort was turned into a natural, wild beer utilising the yeast and bacteria in the air. Over the course of many months we inoculated dozens of different worts at different temperatures and ended up with a culture that provided the unique fermentation character we wanted. The resulting culture we dubbed “The Garden Party”.
We had the goal of creating balanced beers where the acidic component serves as a balancing character without taking the stage from the malt, hops and yeast flavours. We already knew that our Garden Party culture could produce the result we wanted if it was kept cool, so all our wild barrels ended up in a huge cool room, where it would sit until ready.
It took us almost three years before we had the perfect beers we were looking for. We did believe that it is worth the waiting time, to get the unique balance and depth of flavour from a long slow fermentation.
In the autumn of 2018 the first four beers became available and in 2019 we released another 9. Being only two people in the brewery, production is limited. It has been a long, tough and challenging journey. I hope you agree with us, that it was worth all the work and the long waiting time.
You can learn moe about what goes on in our daily life at the brewery on my blog or at our Facebook page.
Eventhough its has now been only a little more than a year since I released the first beers we have received some really good feed back. In April we received an honorary diploma from the Danish Gastronomic institute. And in the end of 2019 we were the most awarded brewery when the Danish beer bloggers handed out awards for the beer of the year and brewery of the year. Penyllan is currently number two in denmark on Untappd.com.
The brewery is located in the small fishing village of Tejn on the east coast of the island. Inside the brewery is our tap room and shop.
We have around 1000 sqm where we brew on a very primitive and old 1600 liter system. In our barrel cellars more than 50.000 liters of beer is maturing in barrels.
… Why “Penyllan”?
My family were some of the first settlers in Western Australia and before that they came from Wales. Generations before that Penyllan was the name of the family homestead on top of a hill in Wales. The name has been passed down and used for many things over the years, recently being a yacht and my uncles house (on top of a hill) in Western Australia. So I trekked back there and asked permission to use the name. And he said yes.
Jessica Andersen, Penyllan brewer & blender