HIISI Brewing Company and Tanker Brewery OÜ announce new recruitments – Tatu Hiitola joining Tanker, Mathias Hüffner to HIISI

Press Release 10.01.2019

HIISI Brewing Company (FIN) and Tanker Brewery OÜ (EST) announce new recruitments as Tatu Hiitola, one of the founders of HIISI, will be joining Tanker Brewery as a consulting Head Brewer on the 1st of February 2019. At the same time Mathias Hüffner, Brewmaster from VLB Berlin/Technical university of Berlin, will be joining HIISI as Head Brewer.

Tatu Hiitola has been in charge of brewing processes at HIISI from 2013 when the brewery was founded. During this time HIISI has gathered recognition as one of the most exciting and experimental breweries in Finland, receiving many national awards (e.g. Best Beer in Finland -competition: Best Sour Beer in Finland 2017, Best Stout in Finland 2017 & 2018). Meanwhile production at HIISI has grown from 60 000 litres in 2014, to 191 000 litres in 2017.

Tanker Brewery OÜ is starting a new brewery facility in Estonia, which will aim to produce around 500 000 litres annually. The old brewery will be turned into a sour beer facility. Tatu Hiitola joining Tanker Brewery OÜ as a consulting Head Brewer (via sole proprietorship) is considered a beneficial move by all parties:

”We’ve made many collaboration beers with Tanker, so we know them well. They get a very capable guy to consult with their new brewery. Tatu will also get a chance to take his personal expertise further with new experiences – and we feel both breweries will benefit from this move in new areas. Tatu will be leaving his job and board membership at HIISI, but remains a shareholder. Otherwise this project is open ended.” – Mikko Mäkelä, HIISI Brewing Company.

Mathias Hüffner, Brewmaster from VLB Berlin/Technical university of Berlin, previously worked as Head Brewer in Bryggeri Helsinki – starting from its foundation in 2013. During his tenure Bryggeri Helsinki received multiple awards as well.

”Mathias Hüffner is a top guy in the Finnish craft beer scene, and did a great job at Bryggeri. We know him and his strengths well, and consider his expertise to be exactly what HIISI is looking for at this stage of the company’s lifecycle. HIISI will continue to be an experimental, creative brewery – so Mathias will get to face some new challenges as well.” – Mikko Mäkelä, HIISI Brewing Company.

More info:

Mikko Mäkelä, Panimoyhtiö Hiisi Oy.
mikko@panimohiisi.fi
+358 400 369 700

Jaanis Tammela, Tanker Brewery OÜ.
jaanis@tanker.ee
+372 504 6789