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?
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.”
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.
Mashing, boiling and hot water tank, each 2000 liters
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.