Beer in Iceland

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Effects of beer drinking in 15th century Iceland.

Although beer was banned in Iceland from 1915 to March 1, 1989,[1] the country has several natively brewed beer brands. The major breweries are Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson and Vífilfell. The word Brugghús is Icelandic for brewery.

Beer Day is celebrated in Iceland on March 1.

Beer brands[edit]

This is a non-exhaustive list of Icelandic beer brands.

Brand Type Brewery Ingredients Alcohol content by volume
Skjálfti Premium Lager Ölvisholt Brugghús Icelandic water, malted barley, hops and yeast 5%
Móri Red Ale Ölvisholt Brugghús Icelandic water, malted barley, hops and yeast 5.5%
Egils Premium Lager Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Icelandic water, malt, hops, yeast and antioxidant (E222) 5.7%
Egils Pilsner Lager Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Probably hops, malted barley, and yeast 2.25%
Egils Sterkur Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Probably hops, malted barley, and yeast 6.2%
Egils Gull Lager Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Probably hops, malted barley, and yeast 5.0%
Jóla Gull (Christmas beer) Lager Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Icelandic water, malted barley, hops, yeast and orange peel 5.4%
Fósturlandsins Freyja Wheat beer Ölvisholt Brugghús Hops, malted barley, yeast, orange bark and coriander 4,5%
Litli-Jón Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Probably hops, malted barley, and yeast 4.5%
Úlfur India Pale Ale nr. 3 India Pale Ale Borg Brugghús (Egill Skallagrímsson) Water, malt, American hops and yeast 5.9%
Bjartur Blond bjór nr. 4 Blond Ale Borg Brugghús (Egill Skallagrímsson) Water, malt, German and Slovenian hops and yeast 5%
Gæðingur Lager Lager Gæðingur Brugghús Water, malted Barley, hops and yeast 5%
Gæðingur Stout Stout Gæðingur Brugghús Water, malted Barley, hops and yeast 5.6%
Íslenskur Úrvals Stout Víking Ölgerđ Akureyri Water, malted Barley, hops and yeast 5.8%
Kaldi Lager Bruggsmiðjan Icelandic water, Saaz hops, Czech malt and yeast 5%
Lava Smoked Imperial Stout Ölvisholt Brugghús Icelandic water, malted barley, wheat, and yeast 9.4%
Víking Gylltur Lager Vífilfell Icelandic water, malt, maize, sugar, hops, yeast 5.6%
Víking Sterkur Lager Vífilfell Icelandic water, barley malt, maize, sugar, hops 7.0%
Thule Lager Vífilfell Icelandic water, malt, maize, sugar, hops, yeast 5%
Egils Jólabjór (Egils Christmas beer) Lager Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery Icelandic water, malted barley, hops, licorice, yeast 4.8%
Víking Jólabjór (Víking Christmas beer) Lager Vífilfell Icelandic water, malt, hops 5.2%
Gullfoss Lager Brewery Reykjavíkur Icelandic water, malt 5.0%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press, Beer (Soon) for Icelanders, New York Times, May 11, 1988

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