Be inviting charm of Microbreweries in Norway

Last weekend I was in Trondheim – mid Norway – the city King Olav Tryggvason of Viking fame founded in 997. I will take you through the street of this ‘City with a Heart’ in my next post. Today I’d like to invite you into a more modern establishment; Trondheim Mikrobryggeri (Microbrewerie), founded in 1998. We were welcomed by the charming staff in an intimate, personal ambiance:

All pics taken with my Nokia mobile phone – click to enlarge!

But let’s start with the phenomena; Microbrewerie (from their own website):

Brewing in small batches to serve in own pubs has spread in the past 15 to 20 years around the world. Beer-lovers everywhere have grown tired of industry breweries with their profit focus that continually forces them to cut back on quality– and this means using inferior ingredients that give beer its special taste: hops and malt.

One of the founders; Mr. Nordmark, giving us a presentation.

Microbreweries, on the other hand, don’t have the same economies of scale such as large industrial groups, and therefore they don’t have much to save by scrimping a little here and there on the ingredients they use. As a result, they can afford to brew a variety of beers of the highest quality using copious amounts of the best ingredients.
In line with this philosophy, Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri uses only the highest quality ingredients. They get their malt from the same Scottish farmers who provide the most famous and revered malt whisky distillers of Scotland. Their hops come from renowned farms in the Czech Republic, Germany, England and the US. In contrast to most Norwegian breweries, they use fresh aroma hops—giving the beer its special, characteristic taste.
All the beer served at Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri is brewed at the pub:

Beer served from a mug …..

….. in a friendly atmosphere :-)

There are around 10 Microbreweries in Norway and Trondheim was the first one who produced ecologic beer. Their yearly production is around 50 000 litre (13 208 US Gallon) pr year. They brew Trondhjem’s Pils, Stout Pale, Ale India Pale, Ale Bitter, Amber and Porter. I tasted them all (a small glass of each LoL) and it was a great variety of lovely tastes. You can read more about it at Wikipedia here. Do you have Microbreweries in your neighbourhoods?

Update 07.04.26:
I had a note from Mr. S. Berg, chairman of the board of directors at Mikrobryggeriet. He was pleased about my endorsement of course. He told me they also own Oslo Mikrobryggeri and that the right name for it in English is ‘Brew Pub’ – what do you think?

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  1. Microbreweries are very popular here too. I don’t drink beer but my husband has the odd one and enjoys Creemore Ale.

  2. I finally have a picture of the socks with toes I got for the Cyper Cruise 1st price on WW !

    Now I am going to Antwerp and take some pictures there !

  3. Never heard of those microbreweries but it sounds like a good idea and a good alternative for the consumers.

  4. I’ve been to Trondheim as well and I like how systematic their roads were built. I like it there

  5. I think we only have one, Gamla Stans bryggeri, but I’m uncertain of they have shutdown the production now.

    You got me tempted to pay them a visit, but it may be difficult… *lol*

    Don’t miss our current cyber cruise port: Savannah at Debbies blog! Lot’s of nice seightseeing! A two days stop.

  6. Yes, micro-breweries are very popular here too. Hubby and I drove across country a few years ago and tried different beers all the way. What fun!

  7. @Teena: Yea, a great combination of culture and pleasure!

    @MotherOfInvention: I know there are a lot in Northern America too. Think your husband has a great taste:-)

    @Gattina: I’m heading over!

    @Sidney: The very best alternative, yes!

    @Chase: Interesting observation – I’ll blog about the city and the reason why soon!

    @MrsLifecruiser: I’ll go there next time in Stockholm! And you can at least visit my blog post.
    Off to Debbies soon!

    @Maribeth: Must have been a great, cultural trip!

  8. Very interesting, RennyBA, it seems like a fun place. But let me tell you I’d drink anything…but beer!!! do they serve other alcoholic beverages as well?? just curious.
    Nice to have you back :)

  9. I’m sure I need to be dragged out of that place if I ever go there. I don’t like beer at all. Makes me drunk easily. So I bet the aroma of beer wafting through the air will get me drunk just as fast. :-)

  10. I think beer is an acquired taste. I am still thinking, from a memory of my tasting beer at age 14, that it could really use a good dollop of sugar!

    German Beer Festival is no good to me, except maybe for the stuff other than beer.

  11. I’m not much of a beer drinker either but I’d love to try freshly brewed beer like that just for the experience

  12. @Mar: Thanks for your compliments! Well you can have vine – if you must:-)

    @Mark: Since living here in Norway now, you have to get used to our drinking habits and for Vikings beer is a must you know!

    @Shoshana: Getting better and better, especially good quality beer – yea!
    Festivals is always great, whatever you drink I guess:-)

    @ttfootball: Then microbrewery is just the right place for you!

  13. hi reenyba,a very modern place hope someday I could visit your place(hopefully winning a lotto :D )

    have a great day :)

  14. Now you are talking an international language my language ale/beer! I prefer to stick to the small breweries also… more taste!

    I do believe that alcohol costs an arm and a leg in the Scandinavian countries you must all be millionaires;0)

  15. I’m in a perspective drawing class: your first photo of the bartender is a great example of a one point perspective.

  16. Hi Renny
    Hum!!! I’d like to taste all the beers! It seems to be an interessant concept with quality and diversity!We don’t have such breweries in the south! It’s very sad! My northest beer was in Bavaria In München! A real paradize of beer!

  17. In Canada Micro breweries are becoming the fad.
    We have quite a few around us, and of course, Cam’s 19th birthday was celebrated at one as well!
    I like the atmosphere. The brewmasters are so proud of their fare too.
    Here, I believe the microbreweries are the closest in atmosphere to European pubs.

  18. Awwww ~ I wish I were there to have a brew or two with you! That top picture is simply AWESOME. Love the motion you’ve captured! :-)

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