Scan Magazine, Issue 109, February 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  A Taste of Norway

Photo: Stian Servoss

Wild, beautiful and wholeheartedly Norwegian beer When Rolf Risnes took over the family farm he grew up on, he did the unconventional thing and converted it into a brewery. Skifjorden Brewery is located in Sogn & Fjordane in the western part of Norway, a secluded little place near mountains, the ocean and powerful nature, and a gem for tourists who want to discover Norwegian beer in idyllic settings. By Ingrid Opstad  |  Photos: Skifjorden Brewery

“Our ambition is first of all to use our passion for taste to produce excellent beer, but in addition, it is also to create jobs and activity in our small region,” says manager Rolf Risnes. He started the brewery along with Jan Petter Gran, Kenneth Nygård, Eirik Penne, Håvard Bjørnestad and Thuy Gia Nguyen, and in the remodelled farm building spanning three floors 54  |  Issue 109  |  February 2018

they have great production capacity. After the launch in August 2017, he is delighted to report a very successful start.

Nostalgia and craftsmanship “For us, craftsmanship and ingredients are important. We want our customers to enjoy delicious beer with great design and interesting stories attached,” says

Risnes. When it comes to the labels, the design has a feminine retro vibe that provokes emotions and nostalgia. “We are very proud of where we come from and want our products to showcase our heritage. You can find small stories written on the back of each bottle, taken from olden days and local history.” The brewery today has a variety of six different kinds of beer available to purchase in stores around the country, including their bestseller, Sytalaus, which translates as the notion of being carefree. “The feeling of being totally carefree is perfectly translated into the artwork on the label, with a young woman

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