** What's the short story behind the brewery's history?
- Ølkymisten is a nomad brewery based in Oslo which released its first beer in 2017. There are 2 people behind it: Emilia who takes mostly care of the economical part and me (Luca) taking care of everything else (recipes, seals, ...). I’ve been studying Brewing Technologies and brewed for different breweries in Italy (we are both Italian) before moving to Norway for brewing. In 2017, after about 9 years brewing for others, I’ve thought to have enough experience and ideas to start giving point of view brewing my own beers.
We are focused on innovative and sometimes experimental beers keeping an eye on drinkability.
The idea of a new beer always moves from a classic beer style which we try to twist in the way we like picking up ideas from our everyday life or from food we have been trying while traveling.
In order to do this, I’m still testing the most extreme ideas using a 20 liters brewing system. If the result is good, it will become a commercial beer, if not it goes straight to the sink :)
We are still a small beer project and it’s hard to tell what will happen in the future but in the near one the goals are to increase our sales in Norway and start exporting within 2019. I really see both of them very reachable!
** Describe your beer profile? What are your priorities?
- We are not interested in brewing “another pils”, not because we don’t enjoy drinking a well done pils, it’s just because our target and focus is on more “extreme”, experimental and innovative beers. Our priority is deftly quality. We perfectly know our beers are not the cheapest on the market but our prices are what we need in order to buy the best ingredients we can find on the market for that specific beer.
Another important thing is choosing where we brew our beers. Being a nomad has some disadvantages but it has some advantages as well: for example, you can choose the brewery that better fits the needs of the specific beer you want to brew. This is the reason why we collaborate with different breweries in Norway.
** Why are you attending Jernteppet Olfestival in Hammerfest, Norway - insanely far north?
- As I’ve told you, even if it’s 6 years that we are living in Norway, we are not from Norway and I’ve heard about this festival for the first time in 2016. I suddenly thought:”How is it possible to organize a beer festival up there?!? - They must be crazy!”.
I’ve then talked with a couple of brewer/friends and they told me it was one of the best festivals in Norway regarding beer selection and one of the best ever regarding the location and my thought was: ”One day I want to go there with my brewery!” (at that time Ølkymisten was just an idea).
This is why when I’ve received the invitation I’ve had no doubts about what to do!
- To Øl (Danmark)
- Behind Bars Brewery (Båtsfjord, N)
- Freigeist Bierkultur (Tyskland)
- The Kernel Brewery (England)
- Sleeping Village Brewing (Oslo, N)
- Salikatt Bryggeri (Stavanger, N)
- Austmann Bryggeri (Trondheim, N)
- Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Stavanger, N)
- Graff Brygghus (Tromsø, N)
- 3 Sons Brewing Co (USA)
- Ølkymisten (Oslo, N)