Hoppy New Year from ABC!

Mashing in our first commercial brew at Lervig

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.

First collaboration
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!

Triple joy at Henrik Øl og Vinstove!

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.

Old faithful
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!

Here’s our spanking fresh logo

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:

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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?