Brewery & Shop

Brewery & Shop

Panimo Honkavuori is located a 10 minutes drive or 20 min cycling from the centre of Joensuu. We have our own beer shop there, located at the brewery. In the shop you can find all of our tank-fresh bev­erages. There are also T-shirts and hoodies that are made from 100 % recycled mate­rials. Shop is open on Wednesday and Friday from 12 pm to 5pm. 

You are warmly welcome to visit us!

Our beers are brewed in a respon­sible way and we aim to be an envi­ron­men­tally friendly brewery. In general the oper­ation of the Pine Mountain Brewery is well planned and the know-how and the equipment guar­antee, that the brewery has a stable base for good quality beer production.

The capacity of the brewery is up to 100 000 - 150 000 liters per year.

Where did it all start?

Friday 13.11.2009. 

It was a dark and stormy, but yet a great night in Restaurant Jokela. 

Dr. boys Honkanen and Vuorio were spending a cheerful evening with their lovely wives. Evening runs well, as it always did in Jokela. 

Sur­pris­ingly and without asking Honkanen makes a pro­posal. Vuorio sees a big furry grapple against the white table­cloth. The story doesn’t tell whether the wives were happy about this or not, but in less than a second pals shook hands and the decision was made:

“Some day we will establish a brewery in Joensuu, if the river still flows.”

Founders

The brewery was founded by Jani O. Honkanen and Ville Vuorio who met each other at the Uni­versity of Joensuu in 1993. The founders have gained expe­rience in various fields as researchers in lab­o­ra­tories, dusty offices, lakes and oceans, ponds, forests and savannas from the Equator to the high Arctic. Both founders have PhDs in natural sciences.

We did not aim to rev­o­lu­tionize the Finnish micro­brewery genre from the outside, inside or any other direction, but it looks like we could not avoid this. In any case, not a big deal, it is only beer and we hope you like it. 

Equipment

Mashing, boiling and hot water tank, each 2000 liters
Hop-back tank
Fermentation/​maturation tanks, each 2000 liters

Bottling and labelling

Direct bot­tling line (no bottle carousel)
Labelling before rinsing and filling
Air removal before capping
Max speed 1200 bottles per hour

People behind your beer

Behind every great beer stands a great group of people.

Our staff con­sists of Ville (CEO), Markus (Pro­duction Manager), Riku (Product Developer) and Oona (Sales, mar­keting and jack-of-all-trades).

Who drinks the beer, grows the forest

We want to be a small company that has an envi­ron­mental strategy that matters. We took one step forward to reduce our carbon foot­print and bought 3,5 hectares of forest to com­pensate carbon dioxide emis­sions from the brewery. 

The main idea in the approach is to use brewery’s own forest to com­pensate carbon dioxide emis­sions from the beer brewing and other company’s activ­ities, meaning mainly car­bon­ation, heating and use of vehicles and electricity.

The Honkavuori forest is approx­i­mately 20 years old mixed forest. The carbon balance of the forest was cal­cu­lated with Motti sim­u­lator and the uncer­tainty of various com­po­nents in the cal­cu­lation were min­imised. Cal­cu­la­tions were made by Ari Laurén from the Uni­versity of Eastern Finland. 

Carbon dioxide emis­sions from the brewery orig­i­nated from fer­men­tation (2.9 tons), bot­tling and car­bon­ation (4 tons), heating (3.4 tons) and from the use of the brewery van (2.8 tons), alto­gether 13.3 tons. Based on these cal­cu­la­tions we can say that the brewery is not only carbon neutral but rather carbon negative. 

Sustainable use of natural resources

Sus­tainable use of natural resources is also important for us. The elec­tricity for the brewing is pro­duced by wind power, cooling energy is min­imised by placing the coolers outside the building. In addition, cooling of the wort pro­duces hot water that is col­lected for washing of the beer tanks. The aim is also to select packing mate­rials from the renewable mate­rials, for example the beer boxes and labels are made of paper-based mate­rials rather than plastic.  Also, the clothes with the brewery’s logo are made of recycled cotton. 

With great beer comes great responsibility