I have never profiled this as a Norwegian beer blog or a blog about Norwegian beer. The Pan-European profile is what makes it different, but that does not mean I don’t have an interest in the domestic scene.
I have beer writing a fair bit about the Oslo scene lately, but there are lots of new beers from the micros around the country. I have received a few bottles over the last few weeks which I will try to give some comments on.
Lets start with Haandbryggeriet Bestefar (meaning Grandfather – nice name). It pours a deep brown with a chocolate sponge cake head. The aroma is very English, packed with maltiness, and the flavour also has an English profile. Some smokiness, juniper twigs, liquorice. Wheat malt giving some softness. A little sour smoke. Caramel, charcoal, vintage port. A complex beer for slow sipping.
Their current label design is a nice retro style, far removed from the Shelton Brothers design I belive they still use for their main export beers.