Like many of our newer breweries, Kjetil started out as a homebrewer, having been inspired by the many flavors and styles of beer that he discovered on his travels to the US and Western Europe as a commercial airline pilot. The name Nøgne Ø is taken from a line in a Henrik Ibsen poem and means "the barren island", a reference to the rocky islands off of the shore of Grimstad, the town where the brewery is located and where Ibsen lived when he wrote the poem. The protagonist of the poem tries to run the English blockade of Norway during the Napoleonic wars, an effort thought to be against all odds. Nøgne Ø felt that introducing the first IPA and other styles to Norway was also against all odds but they persevered and the Norwegian beer scene is all the richer for their efforts.
On Friday and Saturday, come out and try some of these uncompromising beers.
When: Friday, 27 April, 5 pm tapping of the beers and 7 pm dinner
Where: Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What: $45 for a family-style dinner and 8 beers or pay-as-you-go at the bar. Tickets for the dinner are very limited; purchase them at Brown Paper Tickets.
If you are unable to attend the dinner or just want to drop by for a beer, the drafts will be tapped at 5 pm. With the purchase of a Nøgne Ø beer, you'll also be able to sample the clone Porter.
- Pale Ale
- Imperial Stout
- Two Captains Double IPA
- Tiger Tripel
- India Saison
When: Saturday, 28 April, 2-6 pm
Where: Swift, 34 E. 4th Street
On Saturday afternoon, join Kjetil at Swift for draft event featuring samples of the clone Porter and Sunturnbrew.
The Sunturnbrew is an 11% smoked barleywine named after the Norwegian legend that says that the sun turns on its axis every winter solstice. After a few of these beers, you might be ready to agree. Our clone version, Solar Flare, came in a bit smaller due to some problems with the brewing process but early reports say that it's might tasty