Greenland Brewhouse

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Greenland Brewhouse was Greenland's first brewery. It was located in Narsaq in Southern Greenland and was founded in December 2004. The beer was brewed from water derived from melted icebergs. Melt water was collected from icebergs and transported to the brewery by local fishermen on their fishing boats.[1] Greenland Brewhouse pioneered 'ice beer', brewed from 2000-year-old natural Arctic ice harvested from glaciers.[2]

Prior to 1954, alcohol sales were heavily restricted in Greenland, thus home brewing presented problems.[3]


The microbrewery filed for bankruptcy in October 2008.[4] A month later—in November 2008—the main shareholder, Greenland Ventures, decided against further investment in the company and the brewery was declared bankrupt.[5] The main Greenlandic newspaper Sermitisiaq reported the brewery left behind four million kroner in debt.

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  1. ^ "Greenland Brewhouse – The first brewery in Greenland". Retrieved July 2011. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Greenland ice cap beer launched". BBC News. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ Kleivan, Helge. (1984). "Greenland Eskimo: Introduction." David Damas, volume ed. Handbook of North American Indians: Volume 5, Arctic. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-004580-0.
  4. ^ "Greenland's beer co. in trouble". SikuNews. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Bye bye Brewhouse". SikuNews. Retrieved December 19, 2011.[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 60°54′47″N 46°3′3″W / 60.91306°N 46.05083°W / 60.91306; -46.05083