Lervig - Norwegian Craft Beer
Tasty Juice, 3 Bean Stout, No Worries: Their beers are classics of the craft beer world, internationally known and appreciated. Few breweries have shaped craft beer in Europe as much as the Norwegian brewery Lervig. It stands for groundbreaking collaborations, consistently highest quality beers and a high recognition value!
Lervig Aktiebryggeri was founded back in 2003 in Stavanger, Norway, but didn't really take off in terms of craft beer until 2010, when new brewer Mike Murphy was hired. Since then, the brewery has been known for its Imperial Stouts and Porters, in addition to various very hoppy India Pale Ales.
Bold Core Range, great specials
The first new beer Murphy launched with Lervig was Lucky Jack. This American Pale Ale gave the brewery its first local successes. Today, the beer is a staple of Lervig's lineup and one of the Norwegians' best-known products. It even comes in different versions: In addition to the classic Lucky Jack, it is available as a gluten-free version, a stronger IPA (Lucky Jack Extra Hard) or with the addition of grapefruit. Since 2010, Lervig has steadily expanded their product range to include modern, but also classic beers and styles.
So, naturally, their portfolio includes a wide variety of IPAs. Here, the New England-style Tasty Juice in particular stands out. In it, basketfuls of tropical fruits and slightly resinous notes meet a juicy and creamy body. Quite rightly, NEIPA is one of the brewery's top sellers. In addition to these very intense ones, however, Lervig also has classic styles like Pilsner or Helles Lager in its portfolio. The dark, strong beers like the Imperial Stouts like the 3 Bean Stout or the Toasted Maple Stout are brewed with additional additions of vanilla, coconut or maple syrup. Ingredients that wonderfully enhance and complete the flavor.
The brewery also distinguishes its range below 4.7% alcohol. Beverages above this level must be sold in state-run liquor stores in Norway. Beers with a lower alcohol content, on the other hand, may be sold freely. Lervig's range thus includes some lighter beers that are nevertheless highly aromatic. Most notable here are House Party and Easy, once a DDH Pale Ale and the Session IPA. But Human Nature, a sour ale with guava, and Sour Suzy, a Berliner Weiße-style sour ale, also fall into the low alcohol, high flavor category.
With No Worries, Lervig also has a non-alcoholic Pale Ale on offer. It serves as the basis for different versions, such as a non-alcoholic with grapefruit or with pineapple.
A global network
The collaborative brews with Lervig have a high profile, not to say cult status. In particular, the iconic Big Ass Money Stout brewed with Evil Twin, a strong imperial stout with money and frozen pizza as ingredients. No kidding. Other collabs have been released with the likes of Põhjala, Finback, Track, Garage, Oud Beersel and Verdant - to name a few. Lervig are also a welcome guest at international beer festivals!
The design of Lervig cans is also iconic. The work of Danish designer Nanna Guldbæk has given them an unmistakable look and maximum recognition value. The striking color combinations are a perfect match for the fancy beers. In addition to the design for beer cans, Guldbæk has also designed various Lervig locations. In addition to the brewery, they operate their beer bar Lucky in Bergen and a brewpub in Stavanger that will open in August 2020. There is also the opportunity to buy beers and merchandise at the Lervig Canteen right by the brewery.