Skumbag Brewery drop by

 

During October the guys from Skumbag Brewery dropped by for a visit. They were kind enough to write an article on their blog about their visit and below is an english translation of their blog entry. Below that you’ll find the Norwegian version and a link to the original post.

 

Little Brother Brewery, Oslos Smallest Microbrewery!

With 80 liter batches Little Brother Brewery is truly an authentic microbrewery, and the small brewery’s beers are of the highest quality and are exclusive to a rare few places in Oslo.

Oslo’s smallest commercial brewery is located centrally in a backyard in Akersveien. We (Arild and Jostein) joined three other beer enthusiasts who had found their way here. Cameron the Head Brewer opened the doors with joy and enthusiasm, to let us curious beer enthusiasts come by and see what’s going on at the brewery and have a nice chat.

Australian Cameron Manson spoke very good Norwegian since he and his Norwegian girlfriend have lived here for quite some time, and we listen excitedly when he enthusiastically talked about how he started his brewery and about the different beers brewed here.

Brewing the day of our visit was an “Epic venture IPA” which is one of the core range of beers you can buy at Cafe Sara or Cafe Nero. This beer received very good feedback during the beer festival “Oslo beer week”, so there are many who are now happy to buy this hefty IPA. Although the brewery has a solid IPA, there are a lot of experimental and exciting beers brewed here as well. One of these experimental brews is a very hefty coffee-beer you should absolutely try if you get the chance! On our visit we also discovered that Cameron was brewing a very exciting beer which has been fermented with Brettanomyces yeast – (wild yeast for making sour beers).

The two brothers Cameron and Andrew started Little Brother Brewery in 2013, and the initial goal was to start a pilot brewery on the current smaller equipment while they looked for a larger location. However, once they received their production licenses they found their current location was suitable and suddenly were delivering to two eateries in Oslo: Sara Cafe and Cafe Nero. They also supply craft beer to DogA for various events.

While Cameron takes care of brewing life in Oslo, big brother Andrew is located in Australia and takes care of all the graphic design including all the different labels for the bottles!

Cameron currently brews once a week, and the batches are small, 80 liters each time but the goal is to increase production in the not too distant future. They will soon be able to supply KeyKegs (a type of “new standard” for kegs used by microbreweries). This will allow for much easier distribution and allow their craft beer to be served in more locations. Little Brother Brewery is also aiming to open a Cellar Door Shop where you can buy large bottles, called “growlers” that you can come and refill. This is certainly something we are really look forward to!

Little Brother Brewery is a breath of fresh air for local Oslo craft beer, and we look forward to seeing more beer from the little brewery in the future. We would recommend anyone to take a trip to Café Nero or Cafe Sara to try the craft beer from Little Brother!

 

Norwegian Version

Med 80 liters batcher snakker vi virkelig ekte mikrobryggeri, og det lille bryggeriet sitt øl av beste kvalitet er en ekslusiv vare som å finne på noen få steder i Oslo.

Oslos aller minste kommersielle bryggeri  holder til sentralt en bakgård i Akersveien. I tillegg til oss (Arild og Jostein) var det  tre andre ølentusiaster som hadde funnet veien hit, ettersom Cameron med glede og entusiasme åpner sine bryggedører for å la nysgjerrige ølentusiaster komme innom og se hva som foregår på bryggeriet og slå av en hyggelig prat.

Australske Cameron Manson snakker veldig bra norsk siden han har norsk kjæreste og bodd her en stund, og vi lytter spent når han med stor entusiasme forteller om hvordan han startet bryggeriet sitt og om de ulike ølene som brygges her.

I dag brygges det en “Epic venture IPA” som er et av de faste ølene man kan få kjøpt på cafe Sara eller cafe Nero. Dette ølet fikk veldig gode tilbakemeldinger på ølfestivalen “Oslo beer week”, så det er mange som nå er glade for å kunne kjøpe denne heftige IPAen. Selv om bryggeriet har en fast IPA, så er det mye eksperimentering og spennende øl som brygges her i tillegg, og det har blitt brygget noen veldig heftige kaffe-øl som du abolutt bør smake om du får muligheten! På vårt besøk oppdaget vi også at det sto et veldig spennende øl og gjæret med Brettanomyces- gjær (villgjær for å lage sur-øl) .

De to brødrene Cameron og Andrew startet Little Brother Brewery i 2013, og målet var å  pilotbrygge på det lille bryggeutstyret mens de så etter større anlegg. Det ble søkt om tilvirkningsløyve og plutselig var bryggingen i gang med levering til to serveringssteder i Oslo: Cafe Sara og Cafe Nero. I tillegg leveres det øl til Doga under ulike arrangementer.

Mens Cameron tar seg av bryggingen bor storebroren Andrew i Australia og tar seg av alt det grafiske arbeidet, og tegner blant annet alle de ulike etikettene til flaskene!

Det brygges en gang i uken, og batchene er små, 80 liter hver gang. Dette holder  til å drifte bryggingen,  men målet er å øke produksjonen om ikke alt for lenge.  Det skal snart også tappes på KeyKegs (en type “ny standard” på praktiske engangsfat som brukes av mikrobryggerier). Dette gjør økning av distribusjon mye enklere og ølet kan også da serveres på flere steder. I tillegg jobbes det også med å få til et utsalg der man kan kjøpe store flasker, såkalte “growlers” som man kan komme og fylle på. Dette er absolutt noe ser vi veldig frem til!

Med et friskt pust som Little brother brewery får man virkelig satt fokus på lokalt øl, og vi gleder oss til å se mer øl fra det lille bryggeriet i tiden fremover. Vi vil anbefale alle å ta en tur innom kafe Nero eller kafe Sara å smake på ølet fra Little brother!

 

Link to original post:

http://www.skumbag.no/little-brother-brewery-oslos-minste-mikrobryggeri/

 

Norwegian Micro Brewery 19

 

(English summary at the end via link below)

Bak St. Olavs kirke, inn i en bakgård i Akersveien, ligger hovedstadens minste bryggeri. Mens andre har ambisjoner om å brygge én million liter øl i året, har Little Brother bryggeri ambisjoner om 7000 liter det første året. Men de har ikke tenkt å gi seg med det.

Hver onsdag i sommer er det åpent hus i nanobryggeriet. Skinnende rent og ryddig er det, der Cameron Manson viser frem utstyret der det produseres 80 liters batcher med øl. Cameron, som opprinnelig kommer fra Australia, har ikke noen formell bakgrunn fra bransjen, men har holdt på som hjemmebrygger i nesten ti år. Dette er godt dokumentert, slik at de øltypene som nå settes i produksjon er finpusset. Den IPAen som nå er i salg er for eksempel brygget åtte ganger og justert for å få den slik han ville ha den.

Little Brother har altså valgt å starte i det små – og ikke investere penger de ikke har. Anlegget er kjøpt og betalt, og ikke finansiert med banklån. Planen er å kjøpe et større anlegg etter hvert, men det er det salg av øl som skal finansiere. Da kan det nåværende utstyret brukes til test og utvikling, mens produksjonen gjøres i større volum. En mulighet er også å kontraktbrygge øl i større skala, for eksempel for flaskedistribusjon.

Av det som står til gjæring under mitt besøk er en ny runde med IPAen Epic Venture, som slo godt an under Oslo Beer Week tidligere i sommer. Det kommer også en hveteøl brygget med tysk gjær, men som brygges med humlen Sorachi Ace, som vil gjøre at den skiller seg ut. ……….

Read more on the original post via the link below:

Norske mikrobryggerier 19 – Norwegian micro breweries 19 – Little Brother Bryggeri.

http://knutalbert.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/norske-mikrobryggerier-19-norwegian-micro-breweries-19-little-brother-bryggeri/

 

Cameron Manson - Co-founder and Head Brewer at Little Brother Brewery
Cameron Manson – Co-founder and Head Brewer at Little Brother Brewery

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brewer

It Comes In Pints?

Sometimes the Twitterverse throws you opportunities too good to pass up.

In October 2013, ICIP and the – at the time, very new – Little Brother Brewery started following each other. We said hi, felt a pang of disappointment when we realised they were based over the North Sea in Norway, and made some wistful comment about coming to visit if we were ever feeling flush.

Eight months later, we had booked a Scandinavian jaunt which was going to include a stay in Oslo, Little Brother’s hometown. A few emails later, and we were on for a visit.

littlebro1Founded in mid-2013 by brothers Andrew and Cameron Manson, the brewery has just been granted its production license and is now officially the smallest commercial brewery in Oslo. “I was brewing in uni in Brisbane in the laundry with my brother and some flatmates,” Cameron reminisces. “When I moved to Europe, I…

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Epic Venture IPA

 

We are very proud to announce the arrival of our very first craft beer for public consumption – “Epic Venture” India Pale Ale.

It will be available for the first time this week at Oslo Beer Week. 

It has been almost 12 months since Cameron and Andrew, the two brothers behind Little Brother Brewery, started their ‘epic venture’ into the craft brewery business. Now, after many months of hard work and preparation they are ready to share their real ales with you.

Cameron, our Head Brewer, who has single-handedly created this incredible IPA describes it as, “A late hop ale with balanced bitterness. Expect notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits and floral undertones from our select hop varieties. Our clean english ale yeast allows these flavours to shine while adding a complex yet subtle malt backbone.”

 

The specification of Epic Venture IPA is:

Style = India Pale Ale

IBU = 60

EBC = 10

Alc/Vol = 6.5%

Malt: Maris Otter

Yeast: Dry English Ale

Hops: Centennial, Citra and Galaxy

Water: Maridalsvannet

 

Food Pairing:

Grilled Meats, Salty Cheeses and of course, Curries.

 

Along with our very first beer we have also started a new tradition. Andrew, has hand drawn the artwork which will adorn the labeling of Epic Venture IPA. Not only is it important that our beer be hand crafted, it is important that every aspect of what we do receive the love and attention that can only be gained by hand crafting. Andrew plans to hand draw all the artworks for our beer labels which will over time create an artistic legacy to accompany our ales.

On this particular label, Andrew has drawn a scene depicting both the historical and current culture of the India Pale Ale (IPA). It starts by depicting a scene of London, England in the height of the East India Company’s export of Pale Ale to India. A small ship can been seen sailing the treacherous waters on what was without a doubt an ‘epic venture’ towards the far eastern land of India. Within the map the national symbols of India are displayed – these being the Peacock, Lotus Flower and Tiger. On the other side of the artwork a contemporary metropolitan city scene is depicted. People sit by the waters edge in the sunshine enjoying the good company of friends.

Epic Venture IPA is the first of what we hope will be many fantastic craft beers which will come from within the walls of our humble little brewery. We invite you to join us on what will be no less than an ‘epic venture’!

Cheers to great beer!

Cameron and Andrew.

 

 

 

Teku Glass

We’ve received our Teku glasses from Rastal in Germany. These glasses are arguably the best beer drinking glasses in the world! We just had to have some and we want to share them with you. To fully enjoy our beers and all craft beers alike we recommend serving them in our Rastal Teku glasses.

These glasses have a special mission to achieve. We need to buy some new equipment to make our beer even better. On the top of our ‘to buy’ list is a conical fermenter and the proceeds from each and every glass will go towards buying one.

Conical Fermenter

 

Conical Fermenter

These glasses feature the full Little Brother Brewery logo in white ink and real gold leaf. Each glass is designed to hold a full 33cl bottle of beer.

“The overall shape of the glass, a relatively small chimney shape upper bowl and it’s volume are predestined to present the qualities of aroma-rich beers. When cooled, lighter beers exhibit aromas with light, flowery-fruity touches. The yeastiness of the aroma spectrum intensifies with increasing warmth. Strong and dark beers immediately develop heightened spicy aromas.”

Stated by Martin Darting
(Sensory expert and sommelier)

Thanks in advance for the support!

Cheers,
Andrew & Cameron
Little Brother Brewery

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Brew News: License Granted!

 

OSLO’S Smallest Brewery – Now Open for Business

By Andrew & Cameron Manson
Little Brother Brewery
16th, April, 2014

Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway:   Craft beer culture is alive and well in Oslo this week with the announcement that Oslo’s smallest commercial brewery is now officially open for business. Little Brother Brewery, co-founded by two Australian brothers, Cameron and Andrew Manson, has received its commercial production license. This license allows the brothers to sell their hand crafted ales to local bars and restaurants. The brewery is located on the outskirts of the trendy Grünerløkka district which is known for its vibrant café and bar culture. Although there have been many preceding years of brewing for family and friends, this young brewery is now ready to share its handcrafted real ales to the discerning beer drinkers of Oslo.

With a floor area of only 56 square metres and a capacity to produce 80 litres of beer per batch, Little Brother Brewery is arguably the smallest and most boutique brewery in Oslo and possibly the whole of Norway. Cameron, the younger of the two brothers and the resident Brewmaster says with a laugh, “I know the craft beer scene pretty well here and I can’t think of a smaller commercial brewery than ours.” Cameron goes on to say that, “we’re not about quantity; we’re all about quality and enriching craft beer culture.” Their first offering is an India Pale Ale (IPA) which is loaded with hops for those who like their brew fragrant and bitter.

In the coming months, the brothers also hope to offer regular beer tasting nights which will pair their beers with local food produce. In addition, they’ll be holding beer brewing courses, which will allow home brewers to take the next step into full grain brewing. To find out about upcoming events visit www.littlebrotherbrewery.com.

This humble little brewery is ready to take orders from local bars and restaurants and Cameron is keen to show people around the brewery. At the moment, the brewery doors are open to visitors from 6:30pm till 7:30pm every Wednesday evening. To place an order or to arrange a brewery visit contact Cameron on contact@littlebrotherbrewery.com.

 

Little Brother Brewery has just received it's production license and is now Oslo's smallest commercial brewery.
Little Brother Brewery has just received it’s production license and is now Oslo’s smallest commercial brewery.

 

 

For more information about this article contact Little Brother Brewery:

Web:                       www.littlebrotherbrewery.com

Email:                      contact@littlebrotherbrewery.com

Address:                  Akersveien 19D, Oslo, Norway, 0177

Facebook:                Little Brother Brewery

Twitter:                   @littlebrobrew

Instagram:              @littlebrotherbrewery