Mashing together a passion for craft beer with years of culinary experience, Lumi Brewing Company Finland uses the same key ingredient that served them so well in the restaurant business: fearless creativity. Now the owners of Kallio’s Kolmon3n restaurant are preparing to bring some added hops to the area’s Vappu celebrations by hosting a launch party on May 1st.
A fixture of Kolmas linja since 2014, Kolmon3n has always had a selection of local craft beer to complement its menu of modern Nordic cuisine.
Last year, the team went one step further and opened the Sori Taproom in collaboration with Tallinn’s Sori Brewing. “From here our interest in the craft beer scene just continued to grow,” explains Ryan Lumb, co-owner and manager of Kolmon3n and Lumi Brewing. “So we thought, let’s go for it and open our own brewery!”
And that’s exactly what they’re doing. The soft launch is taking place at Kolmon3n on Vappu and will bring Lumi Brewing’s five new beers together in one place.
“Firstly, we have LumIPAllo,” says Ryan. “It’s a blueberry milk IPA, which is influenced by the traditional Finnish pastime of picking blueberries and serving them with fresh, cold milk. Frontside Session IPA is made with west coast hops and can be described as somewhat overly hopped. Then we have Mandarina Bavarian lager, which is a German-style single-hopped lager. Our last main beer is the Stonewater English pale ale, which is made with three types of English malts and hops.”
A special beer that has been developed in collaboration with Swedish brewery Illbatting will also be released on May 2nd and can be sampled at the Vappu launch party. Named Viola Gose, it combines an intriguing blend of viola, lemon and licorice.
The brewery itself is based in Kivenlahti, Espoo and brewery tours will be available to customers from May 2nd onwards. Contract brewing will also be offered to restaurants that would like to have their own branded beer produced by Lumi Brewing. “We already have two contract beers that we’re producing now,” reveals Ryan. “One is for the famous Espoo nightclub Kannunkulma. They are having their 20-year anniversary this summer, so we’re very happy to help them celebrate by creating a special beer for them.”
Lumi Brewing’s core beers will shortly be available for purchase across Helsinki, while up to 12 seasonal beers will also be produced by the brewery annually. More can be found about the company on their website, while some of the team will be showing their face at some summer beer festivals. One of which is the SOPP festival (Suuret Oluet – Pienet Panimot) in central Helsinki at the end of July.
When asked for his final thoughts on Lumi Brewing Company Finland, Ryan says: “No limits, basically. We respect the rules of tradition, but we want to have the freedom to be able to do some crazy stuff too. Lumi Brewing has a bold look and all the branding is in English. We want to build our brand in Finland and get recognised overseas, so that’s our goal for the future.”
Dan Anderson – HT