Ārpus Brewing from Latvia
A comet-like rise has marked the path of Ārpus since the brewery was founded in 2017: Above all, its hop-accented New England-style beers and its intense fruit sours quickly gained fame throughout Europe. And quite rightly so!
With its tradition of producing great local and regional products and its inhabitants' deep connection to nature, the Baltics are the perfect place for up-and-coming craft beer breweries. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with their balancing act between their cultural history and forward-looking modernity, as well as its close ties to Europe, offer great opportunities for small breweries to gain a foothold not only in their respective national markets, but also internationally. This is evidenced not only by the incredible diversity of beer producers within the respective countries, but also by the international success of well-known breweries like Ārpus from Latvia!
Brew what you love
Ārpus: It means "outside" in Latvian and in a figurative sense the brewery means: brewing beers outside the comfort zone, with intense tastes and aromas! And so the founders of Ārpus have included in their portfolio the beer styles that they love themselves. And not those that might promise good sales opportunities.
Since its founding in 2017, the brewery has managed not only to continuously improve the quality of its beers, but also to gain many loyal fans beyond the borders of Latvia. It's not for nothing that they are the best brewery in the Baltics according to Untappd's overall average - even ahead of greats like Põhjala, Pühaste or Labietis!
Anyone who has drunk their beers will not be surprised. Because their intense IPAs or DIPAs in New England style convince primarily with a great hop aroma! Ārpus' second mainstay is its insane fruit sours or sour ales: here, too, the Latvian brewery is not stingy with flavor. On the contrary, the aroma of each beer literally explodes when it's poured!
From Riga to the world
Since 2019, Ārpus has been brewing in their own brewery on the outskirts of Riga. There, they produce on a 10 HL brewing system, and their fermenters hold 20 HL. They bottle in cans, of course - there's nothing better for their kind of beers! In 2020, they launched a barrel program to give their Imperial Stouts a special finish. The initial focus here is primarily on bourbon barrels.
What's unique is their approach to their hoppy beers: often Ārpus brews Single Hop Pale Ales, IPAs, and DIPAs. And they do it with the same hops! This is a wonderful way to track the change in aromatics at different alcohol strengths.
Ārpus were part of Lobotomy Days, AF Brew's well-known beer festival in Saint Petersburg, shortly after they opened. Their collabs also testify to good networking in the beer scene. They have already brewed beers together with Sori Brewing, Fürst Wiacek, Malduguns or AF Brew!