One of the best beers brewed in Iceland

The annual Icelandic Beer Festival will take place at KEX Hostel in Reykjavík, February 23-25 in 2017.

I totally love this concept because all the best Icelandic breweries, along with some exciting international breweries from Canada, Denmark, Sweden, UK and the United States will attend and help us celebrate beer for three days and nights.

Beer in Iceland was banned for 74 years (1915-1981) so each year after it’s legalization we celebrate Beer day on the 1st of March (beer was legalized 1st of march 1989) and as that’s on wednesday this year the festival takes place the weekend before that significant day for Icelandic beer lovers

“The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival is a rare opportunity for the common beer lover to meet the people behind bars to discuss the methods, spices as well as their brand philosophy. The festival pass gives you access to all three days of the celebration and also grants access to an exclusive final event in the city of Reykjavík that includes live music, exclusive beers and beer oriented menu.”

I’ve been to most of those festivals in the past and they have all been great, energetic, fun and I always leave them with a good buzz and a promise to myself to attend the next years festival.  If you are going to come then we have to meet over a beer 🙂

If you are going to come to Iceland for the festival then maybe this package is for you?
The Grands festival package includes the festival, a dinner and a daytour out of the country.. all with beer… what’s not to love?

Here is an article on last years festival which was by the way excellent
http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/lets-drink-beer-annual-icelandic-beer-festival

One of the best beers brewed in Iceland

One of the best beers brewed in IcelandBeer was banned for 74 years in Iceland

Amazingly enough, its only been 27 years since beer became a legal product in Iceland. For fear of people drinking too much, the government banned all beer in Iceland from 1915 – 1989. Beer finally became legal on the 1st of March in 1989 and that day has been celebrated ever since with an annual beer festival. This year is no exception and the feast is about to begin!

The Annual Icelandic beer festival starts next Wednesday the 24th of February at Kex hostel and ends on Saturday the 28th with a super session that lasts the whole day and probably well into the night.

Iceland’s major breweries are participating, such as Kaldi,  Ölvisholt, Einstök/Víking,  Steðji, Borg Brugghús/Ölgerðin.

Then there are a few exciting newcomers. Segull 67 from Siglufirði in Northwest Iceland and Bryggjan Brugghús located in Reykjavik are worth noticing.

Finally, there are also some great foreign breweries. Mikkeller,  To Øl and Alefarm Brewing all from Danmark, our former sovereign state. Then there are Friem Family Brewers, Surly Brewing Company and The Commons Brewery from the United States.

YourFriendinReykjavik is quite excited about this festival, like the years before this one, and plans to enjoy a drink or two in the next few days.

You can see the full schedule and buy tickets here: The Icelandic annual beer festival

You can also read further on the beer ban as BBC covered it quite nicely here: BBC coverage about the beer ban in Iceland

One of the best beers in Iceland: Garún by Borg

What’s the best beer in Iceland?

It’s all a matter of taste really so choosing the best beers
can be controversial at times.

Still, the website Ratebeer has a pretty good list of the
top Icelandic Beers worth noting

The top 2, Lava and Garún, I can absolutely agree with as they are both tasty and different.
And because I like the flavor of Stout beers…

Garún is actually my feel-good beer. A beer to drink slowly to enjoy the flavor – and because it is quite strong in alcohol.

Top 15 Beers in Iceland

Garún is named after the strong, brave heroine of one of Iceland’s most popular folktales “The deacon of Dark River (Myrká).”.

A tale of ghosts, undying love, and life triumphing death.
A story that also reflects elements essential to Iceland’s character: ice, snow, flooding rivers, whirling dark and mysterious creatures.

The same elements inspire this rich and bold Icelandic stout.
Garún is as dark as the tale. It has an intense richness and haunting aroma with notes of chocolate, licorice, and coffee.

It’s an 11.5% Imperial Stout made by Borg Brewery

Garún Icelandic Beer