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Archive for June 10th, 2009

Pre-festival party

Archaeologists have found the remains of bottles and beer mugs from around 400 AD while excavating before the building of a new road.

Where? In Denmark, of course. Close to Roskilde.

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Carlsberg has been expected to cut down its number of plants in Scandinavia for some time, and now they are selling off Arendal Bryggeri on the southern coast of Norway.

Carlsberg Group’s company in Norway, Ringnes AS, has finalised an agreement to sell the brewery in Arendal to a group of local investors. Ringnes will keep a 20% share in the company. The agreement was finally signed in a local ceremony today and the deal will formally be concluded 1 July. Arendal has 140 employees and is one of three breweries in Ringnes, which has a total of 1,550 employees and a market share in Norway of around 55%.

I assume they will be contract brewing for Carlsberg in the short run. Let’s hope they will think of some inventive beers when they start out on their own – and let’s hope they have a distribution deal with Carlsberg…

Anyone local have more information on the plans for the brewery?

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The Swedish small brewers joined forces last year, setting up Föreningen Sveriges Småbryggerier. They are having their first annual meeting this Saturday – and at the same time they are organizing a festival named Big Beers – Small Breweries – offering 50 beers from the 19 micros.

The events are taking place in Eskilstuna. More information at Eskilstuna Ôlkultur AB. The following breweries will be there with their beers on tap (some on cask):

Sigtuna Brygghus, Monks Cafe, Strömsholms brygghus, Grebbestad, Irish pub, Eskilstuna Ölkultur, Nynäshamns ångbryggeri, Oppigårds bryggeri, Hantverksbryggeriet, Ölands Gårdsbryggeri, Skebo Bruksbryggeri, Dugges, The Nils Oscar Company AB and Närke kulturbryggeri.

Details of the beers in a pdf on the web site. Some of the breweries are brewpubs, making this a rare opportunity to sample their beers. The Irish Pub in Sundsvall, way up North on Sweden’s Eastern coast, is particularly worth mentioning as well as the hosts.

I miss Oceanbryggeriet and Jämtland from the list, I assume they are members.

I hope this will be a regular event, if so it will be worth adding to the calendar. If I had known this would be so comprehensive, I would have tried to plan a visit this year.

Not that this is a members only festival – you have to e-mail the organisers to get an invite.

Thanks to Magnus for informing about this. I think we need to make a Nordic calendar of beer events.

Stockholm 1

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