So one of the things i did on vacation was visit one of my favorite brewerys Kinn in Florø, Norway a small town on the west coast of Norway.
Florø has a small and beautiful airport but from where i was coming from there was only boats with a whole 2 departures a day. So early in the morning, too early for me to remember much more than the islands/fjords we past between Måløy and Florø.
The front of the brewery is a shop that selles their beers (under 4.7% according to Norwegian law), brewing supplies for home brewers, and some delicacy food items like coffee beans and spanish sausages.
When the shop finally opened at 14:00 after a really long morning we stepped in and asked if we could have a look at the brewery behind at the brewery. We called ahead to see when we could come by as they don´t brew everyday, and they technically dont give tours, but if they are in a good mood will show you around.
As the brewer mentioned most of the equipment is from old milk tanks, and they probably produce the most beer per square meter in Norway. We stood in the middle of the brewery and just had to turn 360 degrees to see everything.
It just goes to show you that you don´t need fancy/expensive equipment to make good beer!
They use an open fermention method, meaning they won´t cover the fermentation tanks during the fermentation process. The pictured tanks are in a room of their own where they can control the air quality and temperature. This is not used by many brewers because you have a higher risk for infecting the beer, but gives the beer a lot more aroma from the hops. The brewer mentioned that Nøgne Ø was visiting once and mentioned they wished they could do that.
Pictured above they are transfering Kinn Vestkyst (one of my favorite IPAs) from the boler to fermentation.
Also on a side note the brewer mentioned that when Kinn is moving to a bigger location in Florø he is buying some of the current equipment and starting his on brewery in Trondheim, so he can´t wait till they move later this year.