About Kim

Co-brewer at Andrimne/Black Cat Brewing

ABC at Mikkeller?

mikkeller3Yes, 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!

ABC brews going to Finland

HIAAlthough 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.

Good importer
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.

Kippis!

Going to Kinn

Firewood_StoutOur 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.

RIP Supermax Lager

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

New names
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.

Happy brewing!

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!

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:

logo_grønn

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?

Kegging the re-brew

A few days ago Lervig kegged the new batch of Henrik Imperial Amber Ale. The rebrew of the hop monster is paler in color as a result of being brewed in the bigger brew house at Lervig. This resulted in less caramelization of the wort. This being said, fans of the first version will absolutely recognize the brew.

A balanced blast of hops
To call this brew balanced might be a stretch considering the amount of alcohol and the massive hop profile. But – I really think it is just that – balanced. It seems to be even smoother this time around, but don’t take our word for it. The brew is getting ready to be shipped to Henrik Øl & Vinstue in Bergen as we speak and there is talk of some kegs getting shipped somewhere else.

We can hardly wait to get to know the rebrew of this massive beer and share it with you guys. We absolutly feel it has been worth the wait and are wondering how long it lasts before it sells out this time.

We’ll get back to you with a release date and release venues later.

Back to our (hop)roots!

Our last pilot batch left our trademark American hops behind and focused on a roasty yet smooth malt profile. While we are OK with this it pleases us to announce that the hops are back – with a vengeance.

Our latest brew is a hop forward West Coast IPA brimfull of both Chinook and Centennial. Hop lovers rejoice.

Hops galore
In this brew we’re marrying a balanced malt base with a whopping 1/4kg of hops in 22,5 liters of beer. We’re pushing hop bursting to the limit by adding 55IBUs of the total 65 during the last 15 minutes of the boil. And staying in the Andrimne/Black Cat mindset – no hop monster is complete without massive dry hopping. The IPA will be double dry hopped with a mix of Chinook and Centennial.

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Branching out
The brew, codenamed “Colic IPA”, is primarily brewed for a new pub in a new town. We promised earlier that we’re hard at work spreading our brews to more pubs and places. Well – we intend to keep our word. Care to venture a guess on where it ends up?

More on this beer and where it ends up later.

With a little help from our friends

The illusive Amarillo hop

Yes, I am paraphrasing the Beatles – and with good reason. As you may be aware we’re going abroad to brew no less than two beers at Søgaards Bryghus in November. There was, however, one BIG problem. The lager we’re brewing is built around massive loads of both Simcoe and Amarillo hops. As some homebrewers and pro brewers know, these two hop varieties are very popular and very hard to come by in large quantities, especially at this time of year, before the 2012 crop of hops arrives. Things were looking rather bleak for our lager…

With a little help from our friends
I have said it before and I’m saying it again – brewers are by far the best people out there. We told you earlier that Espen Lothe helped us out with the Simcoe hops but the story doesn’t end there. For the Amarillo we contacted Mike Murphy at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. Unfortunately he was all out of them, partly because we just used 10 kilos for the dry hopping of Henrik Imperial Amber Ale. However, he put us in contact with Anders Kissmeyer from Kissmeyer Beers and previously Nørrebro Bryghus.

Anders had the hops we were craving, but he was unable to send them to us as he was traveling in Canada. He got in contact with Nørrebro Bryghus, where he stores his hops, and got the brewers there to send them to Søgaards Bryghus. To sum it up – Kinn Bryggeri, Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Kissmeyer Beers and Nørrbro Bryghus all helped us make our lager a reality. Brewers really are something else!

Thanks, guys, we owe you big time!

We’re going abroad!

Andrimne/Black Cat Brewing is proud to announce that we’re heading abroad to brew no less than two beers at Søgaards Bryghus in Ålborg, Denmark this November. We’re brewing Supermax Lager and an India Brown Ale. Again we’re going hop heavy with our beers. A big thumbs up to Espen Lothe at Kinn Bryggeri who provided the much needed Simcoe for the lager. A hard hop to come by these days. Thanks, Espen!

Packing our passports and DKKs
We’re very excited to get to play with yet another brew house. The brew house is a copper clad beauty reminiscent of the likes of Anchor brewing. Brewing on a system like this and brewing our beers abroad are literally dreams come true. First we take Aalborg then we take… And so on!

Look for these beers sometime before Christmas!