Beer #123 HaandBryggeriet Wild Thing


HaandBryggeriet Wild Thing

Name:  Wild Thing

Style:  American Wild Ale

Brewery: HaandBryggeriet website

Country:  Norway

Region: Drammen

ABV: 7.0% Abv

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a St. Louis Premium glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Saturday June 12th, 2010. 

Note:   This beer was brew once.   It is Batch # 246 with a total of 2160 bottles & bottled on Nov 24, 2009.  This beer poured with a very large head, even with a slow pour to keep it under control.  The head did dissipate quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The nose was nothing to brag about, maybe some light smoke, mild funk and a hint of cranberries.  The taste was all smoke to me, I couldn’t get any of the cranberry or currant taste, maybe I just have some weak taste buds. I felt like I was drinking a Rauchbier instead of a Wild Ale.  This brew was neither sour, tart nor sweet if that is possible.   I think this beer would be great to use as a marinade. It was drinkable, but not something I would look for in the future.  This is the 1st brew I’ve had from HaandBryggeriet which has disappointed me.

On the Label:  The Haand brewers- four guys making beer in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale- specialize in recreating old Norwegian farm beers.  Here’s one made with a variety of different grains, and some typical fruits from the region, handpicked by the brewers.  It is fermented by airbourne wild yeast, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.  Wild Thing, you make everything…groovy.  

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Beer #37 Nissefar


HaandBryggeriet Nissefar

Name: Nissefar

Style: American Porter

Brewery: HaandBryggeriet  website

Country: Norway

Region:  Drammen

ABV: 7.0%

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Petrus galss.     

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: Fish and vegetable stew.  

Tasted on: Tuesday December 01, 2009

Note: This is Batch 169.  Brewed in August 2008 with a best before date of August 2010.   This beer had a slightly funky taste, which isn’t expected in a stout.  I’m glad I tried this, but I’ve had better beers from HaandBryggeriet before.   I say give it a try yourself, but don’t expect anything extra special.

 This is the 6th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 23 more beers until Christmas!

From their website: Nissefar (father x-mas) is our big Christmas beer that fills our mash tun to its limits with tons of yummy special malts. This beer is very complex, packed with the tastes and smells of Christmas, like chocolate, caramel and raisins.  7% alc, 36 ibu and 70 ebc color.

Nissefar is only brewed for Christmas.  Serving temp: 10-12C, or 50-55F.  Goes well with traditional Christmas dinners and aged  cheeses.


Here you see the x-mas gnome/nisse out looking for the x-mas beer that the farmer is supposed to put out for him. This guy  will play some nasty tricks on the farmer if he should forget his beer.

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