“Small breweries – great beer.” It’s about Tampere. This city is home to
excellent microbreweries whose beer is ranked as the best in Finland, or
worldwide. For instance, in 2015 and 2016 the porter beer Vahvaportteri (7.5%) and
Ruby Jazz Ale (4.7%) from Pyynikin Brewery were recognized as
the world’s best in their categories at the World Beer Awards in Berlin. Never
heard of them? That’s very Finnish: being the best and adopting the most
modest attitude about your achievements.
Nowadays, you can find this introvert Finnish brewing superstar’s beers pretty much anywhere in Finland – from the nearest grocery store to a fancy restaurant.
For a most complete experience, I would, however, recommend heading to the brewery’s own restaurant: Pyynikin Brewhouse. You can start with as little as a palette of five tasting portions of beers and continue with a pint of your favourite one. This is not only a bar, but a restaurant where you can have a proper meal. My experience of food in the brewhouse is already outdated, as I normally pop up here for a pint. So I would recommend the Brewhouse as a beer restaurant in the first place.
The restaurant also boasts a nice terrace by the Tammerkoski river and it’s a lively place to spend a summer night at.