ABOUT US

At Beer Studio we’re crazy about three things; music, art and beer! We don’t claim we’re going to change the world but we’re here to do our part for the Swedish craft beer revolution and we’re going to sound great doing it!

We’re a small 1,500L batch craft brewery based in Umeå in northern Sweden. We may be local but we’ve got world-class ambitions to brew epic beers packed with character and a twist of Norrland.

Darren Packman

Darren Packman

Beer geek, taster, talker, blogger. author and the guy that started Beer Studio.

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Brendan Oxford

Brendan Oxford

Brewer, punny, nerd, beer geek, web developer, Canadian.

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Oscar Brändström

Oscar Brändström

VD, brewer and our very own King of Pop. Unbelievably born in a Swedish town even further north than Umeå.

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Darren Packman

Darren Packman

The founder of Beer Studio, a die-hard beer enthusiast and considered one of the most passionate figures in the Swedish beer industry today. Through his writing and beer events he continues on his one-man mission to shatter the outdated views about beer and let as many people as possible in on his secret – that beer is the most amazing drink on the planet!

Darren, a former journalist who moved from England to Sweden back in 2000, has worked with beer for 17 years and travelled the world educating people about it. In 2009 he started the BeerSweden blog which quickly grew to become Sweden’s most popular beer site. He is the Svenska Ölfrämjandets Guldpin winner for 2011 for his contribution to beer culture in Sweden and co-author of ‘Öl: Smakerna, hantverket, Stilarna’.

Darren is a veteran of hundreds of beer talks across Europe and America and delivers fast-paced tastings laced with English humour and crammed full of useful (and sometimes not so useful) facts and information. When he’s not doing something with beer he’s probably asleep.

darren@beerstudio.se
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Brendan Oxford

Brendan Oxford

In 2015 Brendan walked in off the street, said he wanted to brew here and never left! Originally from Canada, Brendan moved to Umeå to start a new life with his Swedish wife and while not brewing is busy studying the Swedish language so that one day someone may actually understand him. Fortunately his talent for craft beer needs no translation. He simply loves everything about beer! Hobbies include coming up with bad puns and explaining to people that being Canadian is not, in fact, the same as being American.

brendan@beerstudio.se
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Oscar Brändström

Oscar Brändström

Oscar is Beer Studio’s VD (that’s Swedish for Managing Director to the rest of us) and is arguably the most level-headed member of the Studio Squad. We put his no-nonsense approach to life down to the fact he was born and raised in Piteå – a city located even further north than Umeå where you’re bred as tough as steel in order to survive the endless months of freezing winters and pigeon-sized mosquitoes in the summer.

But break through his rugged northern exterior and inside beats the heart of a true artist! Oscar’s passions include music – he played saxophone in a rock band – and of course craft beer and soda. Oscar came to us after working as a brewer for several years at Nausta Bryggeri and now specialises in mixing up our craft soda recipes. He may be a rocker at heart but he’s Beer Studio’s very own King of Pop!

oscar@beerstudio.se
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