Yes, it is indeed correct. The smallest Norwegian brewery will be on tap at one of the best beer bars in the world! We’re really excited about getting no less than two of our beers on tap at Mikkeller Bar come mid August! The beers in question is the spanking new Hop Sanatorium IPA and the rebrew of Halvor IBA.
A dream come true
This really is a dream come true for both Gahr and Kim. Last summer, when Kim was at Mikkeller Bar he told his traveling buddies, or beer nerds, “Just you wait. Soon you’ll find beers from ABC here“.
And lo – here they are!
Although the brewers at ABC Brewing have been abroad to brew their beers, the beers have only been sold in Norway – until now. A couple of days ago 18 kegs of Henrik Imperial Amber were shipped to the Land of a Thousand Lakes – Finland.
The Finnish importer, Pikkulintu Oy, is recognized as one of the best importers in Finland. Hopefully this will not be the last shipment of ABC beers making it’s way abroad. We are certainly open for more.
Kim was recently interviewed by Sammy at Ølportalen about brewing Firewood Stout at Kinn. You can read the whole interview (in Norwegian) here.
Our bags are packed and we are heading north to brew at Kinn. We are very exited about this opportunity to make a “traditional” sessionable Dry Oatmeal Stout Kinn Style; using a smooth top cropping English yeast and open fermentation. We can’t wait for the result.
And the name of the brew – ABC Brewing Firewood Stout. Look for this brew in the comming months. Velvety smooth and dark as night.
RateBeer has named us Best New Brewer in Norway 2012. We appreciate the recognition, and promise to brew some tasty stuff in 2013 as well! We really don’t know how stiff the cometition actually was, but that doesn’t matter. Winning always rocks!
This weekend will be a nice one for us. We get to brew a test batch of stout, taste lots of beer and chat to fellow brewers. And the weekend starts early at that!
Tonight, Thursday, we’ll be firing up Kim’s homebrew setup to concoct a new test batch of an American-style stout.
Tomorrow, Friday, Gahr will be judging in Lervig’s homebrew competition.
Friday afternoon we’ll be heading for Grimstad to meet up with the guys at Nøgne Ø and the lucky homebrewers who managed to get a ticket for their annual homebrew meeting on Saturday. Gahr will give a little talk at the brewery, and we expect to taste lots of great beer and meet lots of nice people.
What more could a cuckoo brewer ask for?
Supermax Lager is dead – All hail West Coast Lager! Our overly hopped lager has changed its name to better fit the experience of the brew. Brimful of west coast hops – West Coast Lager. Simple and straight to the point. With this name change all our brews have had pilot names.
- Henrik Imperial Amber was Eyeball Amber
- Halvor IBA was Halvfulle Halvor
- West Coast Lager was Supermax
What will the name of our upcoming Dry Oatmeal Stout be? And what will the pilot name be? Stay tuned for more tales here at ABC.
Mashing in our first commercial brew at Lervig
Greetings, hop heads and craft beer lovers! 2012 is coming to an end, not in the way the Mayans predicted, but still. For us 2012 has been a great year. ABC Brewing was formed and we have gotten to brew no less than three exciting commercial beers, both domestically and in Denmark. During the year well over 1500 liters of beer have been served to happy beer-loving customers in Bergen and Sandnes.
We have also seen a re-brew of our first brew and have been served at three locations. On top of this we have gotten the ever so talented Miriam Lillevand to design an awesome new logo for us and used this design to make some kick ass merchandise. All in all – It’s been a good year.
Just the beginning
However – You ain’t seen nothing yet. While 2012 has been more than great for us it’s got nothing on 2013. In early February we’re heading to Kinn to brew Firewood Stout – a dry oatmeal stout. And talking about session ales – we are now pleased to announce that we’re heading abroad to brew a bitter. Transported by the waves we’re traveling to rugged Shetland to brew at the northernmost brewery in Great Britain – Valhalla. More on this later.
2013 will also see our first collaboration ale. Early in 2013 we’ll be heading to Schouskjelleren to brew up an exiting ale with brewer John. We can tell you this much – we will use Chinook, and yes – it will be hoppy.
Also, we will see better distribution of our ales. Schouskjelleren will get our beers in mid January with more locations to be named at a later date. This is but a fragment of what we have going on in the coming year, but before we wish you Hoppy New Year we will drop one more hint.
We might be doing something mighty tasty with sherry barrels…
Hoppy New Year from ABC Brewing!
Today Supermax Lager and Halvor India Brown Ale were finally released at Henrik Øl og Vinstove to accompany the Imperial Amber already on tap there. Our hearts rejoyce and we definitely could not have gotten a better Christmas present! Seing three ABC beers on tap at the same time makes us very happy, indeed.
All the colors
The lightest of this hoppy trinity is the Supermax Lager, a “pilsner” clocking in at 5 % abv. and 40 IBUs. This golden lager looks like a standard pilsner, but looks can lie. American hop aromas come leaping out of the glass, leaving the imbiber with an impression of hoppy freshness rarely found in light lagers.
Halvor India Brown Ale is a full-bodied, strong American-style brown ale loaded with Chinook and Cascade hops, though not to the extent that the citrus hops clash with the malts. With complex roasty malt flavors working together with a dry, slightly rummy note from the use of dark muscovado sugar in the kettle, the brown ale is definitely a sustaining, malty beer with a nice kick of hops. This 60 IBU and 6,5 % abv. nectar is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold night.
Henrik Imperial Amber (8,5 % abv. and 70 IBUs) is the biggest of the three beers currently available. The well-balanced yet powerful hop presence and clan malt profile makes this an ale that beiles its strength. Smooth and deceptvely drinkable, it will leave you wanting more!
Hello sports fans! You have been clamoring for it (you know who you are) and here it is – our logo. The road to a new logo hasn’t been easy. We have been trying out everything from black cats to vikings but we didn’t quite like any of the suggestions until we focused on something really simple.
– A hop cone.
More specifically a Chinook hop cone. The Chinook hop has a very special place in our hearts and is included in all our brews – yes even in the upcoming Dry Oatmeal Stout. Without any further delay – here it is:
Hand drawn to perfection
We went for a somewhat hand drawn finish – an idea pitched to us by the talented Miriam Lillevand. We are really pleased with the results and can’t thank Miriam enough for the bang up job she has done. The hop cone will be featured in all the graphics for our different beers. In different colors.
What do you think of our new logo?