Aass Brewery (Norwegian: Aass Bryggeri) is Norway's oldest brewery. Founded in 1834 in Drammen, Norway, the brewery's primary products are beer and aquavit. The company also produce a wide range of soft drinks. Aass is also co-owner of the Norwegian brand A/S Solo.
Originally a company dealing in timber, groceries, baking and brewing, the brewery was bought by farmer's son Poul Lauritz Aass in the 1860s. The brewery is still owned by the Aass family, which makes it one of Norway's few remaining independent breweries. As an independent, it has built up a reputation for high quality products and tasty beers, brewing strictly according to the German Purity Law (reinheitsgebot).
Drammensølets venner (the Friends of the Beer from Drammen) is an association that supports the brewery, arranging various events and publishing a newsletter about 4 times a year. It is the world's 2nd largest such association, currently boasting about 35,000 members.
Juleøl (strong seasonal Christmas beer), Pilsner, Fatøl, Classic (amber), Pale Ale, Bock Beer, Gull and a dark Munich-style lager called Aass Bayer. And many more.
The Aass beer was ridiculed on the Late Show with David Letterman because of the name's similarity with the English word ass. (Biff Henderson said something to the effect of "I'm not drinking that!"). The word aass is a family name and probably an archaic spelling of ås, which means ridge or low hill. It is pronounced to rhyme something like "cause" in a British accent.
- Co-owner of Solo
- Aass Brewery Celebrates 175 years in Drammen (Ringerike - Drammen Districts Lag. Vol. 23, No. 4, November 2009)