Berestroika

Mayor: dnicolaescu (1) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
evilempire  (67) sheffield, England | February 23, 2016
hurrah for ratebeer places, cos you certainly wouldn’t stumble across this place! Best beers I’ve had in Romania, though that doesn’t take much ;-) the four beers weren’t really my taste, but quite German in influence. The place itself is nice, I particularly liked the vaulted cellar. The food is good, especially by Romanian standards
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
VAR899S  (10) , England | January 16, 2016
Quiet evening due to snow. Brewery tour & associated story produced, but you can feel the passion that the Indian couple have for their venture. Beer is of excellent quality & although not all entirely to my taste you can actually TASTE something...a first for Romanian beer in my books! Food was superb, prices well within the expected budget for the country (53 RON for soup, sausages, potatoes & roasted veg). Beer available during my visit was Whitie (wheat), Blondie (pils), Rosie (red) & Blackie (dark). Located in a bit of a back street but well worth hunting down.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
1980olympics  (74) , England | September 29, 2015
Nice place, three floors, 2 reserved for parties. Came for the beer, all available. Tried to take some pictures of the brewing equipment when spotted by Anita, one half of the Indian couple who own, Market, and initially conceived the brewpub. Beers where really good, not much difference between the wit and the blonde but the schwarzbier, even though it’s not my style was very good. Anita was very kind to offer us an impromptu tour, explaining the importance of local ingredients and everything being made from scratch. She also explained the torturous journey to finally receive the brewing licence they had applied for in 2009, (confirmed 2014). Only let down was that her husband would not sell me a branded glass. When it comes to marketing, listen to Dylan, cos everybody knows she’s the brains behind Pa.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
fugitive  (208) Athens, Greece | July 22, 2015
Nice large place. Good service. Food nothing special. I have visited twice. First time was summer and none of their beer. Second time was Christmas, they had all 3 of them.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ElDesmadre  (180) Mikołów, Poland | December 5, 2014
Located in the middle of communist era apartment housings (don’t worry, it’s not as dodgy as it may sound), Berestroika seems like an oasis with its lovely, green garden and huge terrace. Service was very friendly, especially since we were before official opening time and the guys made no problems to bring us some beer. Ah yes, the beer... well, it ranges from bad to acceptable but since it is the only brewpub in Bucharest, I wouldn’t miss it despite that. Don’t know about the food, will have to try it out next time.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (854) Sunnyvale, California | November 24, 2014
Place review #400! Interesting place off the beaten path. I can’t speak to the heritage of the equipment, but it is a pretty elaborate (if small) setup, with real copper. To this point they have brewed and sold only three beers, but according to them that is more about regulatory hurdles in Romania than a lack of creativity. They have a white beer brewed now, awaiting testing and approval to sell. The owners (Indians) were very excited to show me the place when they found out I was into beer. The place is actually pretty nice, with several large rooms that can be booked for meetings or parties, in addition to the main restaurant area. Brewing stuff is mostly downstairs. Food is pretty good as well - not sure where the "German themed comment came from - what I saw was a bit of a blend of traditional Romanian, some other European flair, and a bit of Indian poking through. The owners apparently bought a Tandoori oven and are in the process of adding more Indian cuisine to the menu now, which would be awesome in my book. Now to the beers. I tried all three. The blond is clearly Belgian inspired, and the brewer confirmed the use of Belgian yeast. The red is quite malty, a little "homebrewy" but not bad. The black was a bit burned and rubbery for my personal tastes. All in all a decent place. I applaud the owners for trying to do something that, in Romania at least, remains unique. Kudos. I will be back.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | June 12, 2013| Updated June 13, 2013
Located in a lifeless part of town, not a single other business of any kind nearby. The pub is surrounded by large apartment buildings, those appear to be higher class apartment buildings from the communist era for the elite and friends of the party, not the ugly lower-class communist buildings that pollute most of Bucharest. It is not a long walk from the lively old Bucharest but you won’t find anything else to do nearby Berestroika. Because of its strange location I suspect 90%+ of the pub patrons are the residents of the surrounding large apartment buildings. The pub is very large and the patio is huge. The patio by itself can probably sit 200 people. We were lucky enough to meet the “brewer” when I was sneaking around checking the equipment. I was with someone who speaks Romanian so I learn the whole story and was given an informal tour. The “brewer(s)” at Berestroika are not really brewers, more like operators. The owner bought a rather elaborate brewing kit from a company (I forget, Austrian I think) which came with instructions and recipes. If I remember correctly they also get their ingredients from the same company. The “operators” are making the beers according to the instructions. These are real beers, using real ingredients, but don’t expect any creativity, I don’t think the “operators” will ever go beyond the normal operation of their kit, I don’t think they will create beers not included in the included recipes book. That being said, the pub is kind of nice even if very large, the food is ok, the beers are rather bland but not offensive because they are fresh. I can hardly recommend this place but given that it is the only known brewpub in the entire Romania, it is still a must-visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Viceroy  (4) Bucharest, Romania | April 30, 2012
This pub is situated near Union Square("Piata Unirii"). The beer selection is limited to some home brewed beers (a black stout, a red ale, and a weizen) and a Corona extra. I had the black stout and it was quite good. The other beers were unavailable at that time. The food is ok from what i’ve heard.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
omhper  (207) Tyresö, Sweden | June 11, 2011
Brewpub just off the beaten path SW of od town Bucharest. The stray dogs lazily moved away as I entered the patio where the action was on summer days. Of the 3.4 beers in the menu promised only one was available at the time, a weizen. The food was deeply rooted in German tradition. The Red Ale and Black Stout was promised back in less than a month, until then it remains a beer destination only for the completist - even if the weizen may be one of the best Romanian beers I’ve head.

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