But first, let’s take a look back a couple of years: “We met rock climbing and quickly discovered that we’re both beer enthusiasts. We taught ourselves most of what we know, little by little – gleaning instructions and tips from books or the internet or even just learning by doing,” recalls Georg of their early days brewing together. “At first, we used Lukasz’ kitchen for our homebrew experiments – and we tested our results on friends and some willing bars.” People liked their beers so much that the two Berlin natives decided to go full time and make a career of their hobby. At the end of 2016, they established Fuerst Wiacek.
Their specialty: hoppy IPAs
Since then, Georg and Lukasz have taken the beer scene by storm – and well beyond their hometown. What’s the recipe for their meteoric success? “Our signature beers are New England IPAs, also known as East Coast or Hazy IPAs. We were actually the first to bring this fruity, unfiltered version of India Pale Ale from the US to Germany,” explains Georg.