The Nøgne Ø Pale Ale is another beer club beer.
The nice thing about the beer club we belong to is that they include a little sheet with information about the beer and tasting notes.
As a Norwegian, I found the story of this beer really interesting.
The founder of the brewery, Kjetil Jikiun was a long haul pilot for the Norwegian national airline. He found himself frequently in Seattle, and fell in love with the craft beer movement there.
Unfortunately, when he got back home and investigated home brewing, he discovered that no such thing seemed to exist. Instead of giving up, he started carting back brewing supplies from Seattle in the excess cargo space left over on flights. For the first few years, he was apparently convinced he was the only home brewer in Norway.
Eventually, he did find one other like minded soul in Norway, and they decided to bring their passion to the masses, and start a micro-brewery. They struggled as much finding equipment for their brewery as they had for getting supplies. With the help of a local welder they managed to convert equipment intended for use at a Dairy into a small brewing operation.
Nøgne Ø Pale Ale is a delicious, light ale with fairly subtle Northwest style hopping. Not a California hop bomb, the hops are nicely in balance with the clean flavor. The label recommends seafood and white meats, but I think it would go nicely with a variety of foods.
The only problem is price. While it is a very good and enjoyable ale, apparently between the exchange rate and the cost of doing business in Norway, this ends up being one of the most expensive beers, by volume, currently available.
As much as I like to support my genetic heritage, I don’t know if it is quite worth the price!