02 April 2024

Craft brewing in Bulgaria: A journey

Small but excellent | Our author Dr. Markus Fohr has had close ties with Bulgaria since 1999, when he met his wife Donka. Back then, the market was dominated by a small number of lager beers, most of which came from the brewing kettles of international groups such as Heineken or Carlsberg. The Rhombus brewery in Pazardzhik near Plovdiv was one of the first Bulgarian craft beer breweries, so good relations were soon established with the Fohr family and their Lahnsteiner brewery. In June 2023, Donka and Dr. Markus Fohr visited the Rhombus brewery again and spoke to company founder Stoycho Pampov and his father Temelko.

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