Lillehammer Bryggeri AS
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Lillehammer Brewery in Lillehammer, Norway.
This visit made for one of the most interesting parts of my trip to Scandinavia. I had read this brewery was back on a small scale but had trouble finding reliable information, particularly given the language barrier.
Short history, Lillehammer Brewery opened in the mid 1800s, it was one of the largest employers in town all the way up until it closed in 1983. Afterwards its massive complex slowly turned into a gigantic office park as the town enjoyed a renaissance from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Eventually, some beer drinkers fed up with Rignes and the like got it re-opened in 2006.
Finding this place was interesting, every native could point me to the old brewery complex, but many were skeptical when I asked about the "new" Lillehammer Brewery. As it turns out, it is right nearby in a small building a few avenues in front of the complex. One of the resaons many residents may not know of this brewery are it's odd hours. It doesn't open until 7 PM. I found this incredibly strange.
The new brewery is a much smaller operation more focused on craft beer. As you enter the building you are lead by dim lights down the rows of stairs into a long horizontel room. Medium sized bar with brewing equipment in the back. My wife and I were there when it opened and so were the first ones in. Two girls worked the bar, we had some issues with translation again but they were very nice. We opted to try one of each of the five beers they had on tap and they led us down the restaurant to sit in their beer cellar, a small room with over 1000 beers from all over the world.
The beers will all have their individual reviews coming later, but in summary were scattershot. Some showed promise. The wheat was very good, the pilsner and lager were passable to good. The stout wasn't very good, felt unfinished. A belgian strong ale was truly dreadful, actually almost seemed infected. I sent this last one back and the server apologized and said they had just gotten new equipment that they were still breaking in. Hopefully that is the case.
Servers were very nice and fast with the refills, also was fun talking to them about the fact that many don't know the brewery has re-opened (they brought the rights to the old name also) in spite of the fact that they have been re-opened since 2006. Also, on the hours they said they get a large night crowd.
Price was expensive ($6 a beer) but it's Norway, so it's par for the course.
They had limited food options, you could also bring in food from outside. We did not opt for anything as we had already eaten.
Overall, a nice visit and great to find an operation still trying to bring beer back to an area that used to be known for it. The beer is hit or miss but far better than Ringnes and the other mass produced stuff. Worth a visit for the cool vibe, the cellar and the nice people, and to get away from Rignes as well. Give it a shot when you are in town.
10-04-2011 18:02:41 | More by TheDeuce
Lillehammer Bryggeri AS in Lillehammer, Norway
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