If you are visiting Burdisson Brewery, then it’s likely you already know good beer. Since the time of our founder, Borrdar Burdisson, this brewery has prided itself on producing some of the finest beer anyone could have in a lifetime. Our commitment is solid, and our resolve to continue the work set forth by our ancestors is firm.
But what makes a good beer? Ingredients only go so far, truth be told. Here at Burdisson Brewery we believe our beers are what they are because of tradition. A tradition that says, “We forge mighty good ale.” So welcome to the brewery. Have a good look around, and take it all in. Drink some beer, sit and talk to our brewers, and if you’re lucky you might have another experience like this once more in your lifetime.
“Burdisson's Dwarven Ale pours a rich brown with a hint of mahogany. The nose immediately picks up on the intermingling chocolate and caramel malts bathed in the fruity esters. The taste complements the smell, bringing out the depth of the chocolate and caramel malts. Smooth across the tongue with a medium body, ending with a dry but sweet finish… a surprisingly easy drinking beer given it's apparent alcohol and dark appearance.”
Originally known as the Mines of Logann, what today is known as Burdisson Brewery was founded over 1100 years ago by Borrdar Burdisson, a visionary Brewmaster who united his clan towards a single purpose. That purpose was to brew the best beer in all the dwarven lands and beyond.
Where others saw only a used up old mine (The brewery, as pictured above, was actually once a coal and copper mine!), Borrdar saw a new home and a new direction for his people. So with a little luck and a lot of hard work, the Burdisson’s eventually renamed the Mines of Logann into the Burdisson Brewery, their home.
The old coal mines and the surrounding lands all underwent a massive transformation over the first few centuries. Farmlands, now rich and verdant, required decades of cultivation and shaping. Massive waterway aqueducts were constructed to bring the mineral rich water of the high mountains into the plains below the brewery. The work of becoming a truly independent entity was not realized until after Borrdar’s death. The Burdisson’s were saddened at the death of their strongest leader in centuries, and they were galvanized into forging ahead.
Before the brewing could get underway, the Burdissons had to first ready the land and invest in the machinery required for large-scale brewing. Some of the brightest minds in the dwarven world, most of them Burdissons, were consulted and contracted to work on the project. Many new breakthroughs in steam technology, now commonly seen in machinery across the world today, originated from the work directed by Borrdar Burdisson.
While work on the brewery itself commenced, another division of the clan was hard at work developing the surrounding lands into the farmland and other industry essential enterprises that would be needed if the Brewery was to be independent. This included acquiring timber and excavating large portions of the exhausted coal mines for stone used in new construction.
Though the Brewery was not completely independent when Borrdar died, Burdisson’s Dwarven Ale was already a recognized label across much of the surrounding lands, and it was growing in popularity.
For the Burdisson’s, it came as a great celebration and a great sadness that only ten years after Borrdar’s death the Brewery gained full independence. The last of their farming and shipping efforts were brought online, and the new Brewmaster felt that they no longer needed to import any materials essential to the brewing and distribution process. Borrdar’s dream, over 150 years in the making, was finally realized.
Brewmaster after Brewmaster instituted policies that helped the brewery grow in popularity, renown, and, most importantly, in quality. Burdisson’s Original, Borrdar’s now famous and time-honored beer recipe, was heralded throughout most of the surrounding kingdoms as the gold standard for what a beer should be. The Burdissons did their best not to grow complacent, however, and have continued to wow beer drinkers with many colorful and unique seasonal beers.
As far as the Burdissons are concerned, this is the Age of Beer. And they are at the forefront of the movement. Among the oldest breweries in existence, Burdisson Brewery is unique in its approach to brewing, labeling, and distributing beer. Many attempts have been made, by dwarf and human alike, to replicate the success of the Burdissons, but no one has been able to create a fully independent and cohesive operation quite like Burdisson Brewery.
With Burdisson’s Original still the hallmark label of the brewery and still made to the exact specifications of Borrdar Burdisson, and the additon of several dozen seasonal and regular labels, the Burdisson Clan is proud of what they have become. From their humble roots as a craftsman and forging clan, the Burdissons have risen above their original station into the halls of dwarf history. They are legends, and every dwarf who carries the name of Burdisson knows that the weight of a thousand years of tradition and countless millions of hours of labor have gone into making Burdisson’s Brewery what it is today, a legend in beer form. As they say, and as anyone who has had their beer can attest, “We forge mighty good ale.”
Boran Coalbeard is a renowned beer connoisseur, known chiefly for his exquisite tasting events and several published books concerning the art of beer making and highlighting brewers from all over Kirfaël.
A trained brewer, Boran has always had a much larger thirst for adventure than for brewing, and he has taken his expertise in the field on the road with him, learning as he had traveled. Often traveling at the head of a caravan or a wagon train, Boran is known for bringing the best beers and newest novelty drinks along with him in his travels. He enjoys sharing his finds with other enthusiasts, and it is widely known that with Boran Coalbeard’s arrival a drinking festival is sure to commence.
Boran recently visited the Burdisson Brewery write a stand alone piece, a warm up if you will to his upcoming tour. Read about his visit to the Burdisson Lands and keep watch out for his upcoming project, a Gazetteer outlining of some of the best beers in all the land.
“Stocking Burdisson’s Original for my customers is like waking up and finding yourself sleeping on a pile of money, only wetter.”
- Keeder Hilden,
Proprietor of the Keening Skiff Inn
“If I had only one drink to drink before facing the hangman, it would, without doubt, have to be a Burdisson’s Original for me. There is nothing like it in this world, and I would like to have its taste on my lips as I enter the next world in the hopes that I might taste of the brew forever.”
- Corann Kiter,
Chief Provisioner for King Lorin of Hammertop
“Fabulous!? That word doesn’t even begin to describe the overwhelming sense that finally, that one thing that was missing in my life has finally been found!”
- Lilos the Elf
“As a dwarf, it makes my heart swell with pride to be able to say that the Burdisson Brewery is the most dedicated brewing establishment in any land. This has lead the Burdisson clan into halls the height of which few could ever hope to achieve. Their accomplishments in agriculture, industry, and innovative technology aside, there is no other beer like Burdisson’s Dwarven Ale that I have ever tasted. No beer so completely assaults the senses in a manner which causes the drinker to beg for more of the same. Earthy, rich in color and flavor, and easy on the tongue, I heartily recommend to any drinker of brewed beverages the joy that is Burdisson’s Dwarven Ale.”
- Boran Coalbeard,
Brewmaster and Renowned Beer Connoisseur
“I like it!”
- Sir Parran Jorn,
Knight of the Three Sigils
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