Brooklyn Brewery Announces Second International Joint Venture with Carlsberg

Brooklyn Brewery Announces Second International Joint Venture with Carlsberg

Posted on April 27, 2015 by NYCBG

Brooklyn Brewery announced plans to begin a second international joint brewery venture with Carlsberg. Carlsberg and Brooklyn will work together to rebuild the EC Dahls Brewery in Trondheim, Norway.

This is the second partnership Brooklyn Brewery has forged with the Danish brewery. Last year, they opened Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (New Carnegie Brewery) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Besides the official opening (next summer), specific details are scarce. They plan to produce the existing EC Dahls Pilsner brand as well as a new line of craft beers developed collaboratively by Brooklyn and EC Dahls.

Originally founded in 1856, EC Dahls is famous for its pilsner. Carlsberg would gained ownership of the brand in 2004.

An official press release from Carlsberg is below.

Carlsberg Group and Brooklyn Brewery strengthen collaboration with new E.C. Dahls Brewery

Carlsberg Group today announces a new collaboration between Carlsberg Group company, Ringnes, in Norway, and the renowned Brooklyn Brewery of New York.

With the aim of creating the premier beer experience in Norway, the collaboration will see a new brewery with pub, restaurant, conference facilities and visitor center established at the existing Ringnes E.C. Dahls brewery site in Trondheim, Norway. The brewery will produce both popular local Dahls beer, as well as new craft beers that take inspiration from both Norwegian and US craft brewing traditions.

The brewery will welcome beer and food enthusiasts from around the world and become a laboratory for new ideas and experimentation. E.C. Dahls will have a top-class restaurant operated by local restaurateur Roar Hildonen.

“This is great news for the E.C. Dahls brewery, and great news for beer lovers in Norway and beyond”, says Jørn Tolstrup Rohde, Senior Vice President for Western Europe at Carlsberg Group. “Carlsberg’s collaboration with Brooklyn continues to explore new possibilities in craft brewing. Carlsberg started its life as a small brewery in Copenhagen back in 1847, and thanks to the resurgence of craft brewing in recent times, more and more people are getting interested in the world of beer. We think that’s very positive.”

“When we started Brooklyn Brewery, we wanted to tap into the great brewing tradition of Brooklyn”, says Brooklyn Brewery founder and chairman Steve Hindy. “Our first beer, Brooklyn lager, was based on the beers that were brewed in Brooklyn during the heyday of the Brooklyn breweries. Trondheim’s E.C Dahls Brewery has kept Norway’s lager brewing tradition alive and is a wonderful foundation for a 21st Century craft brewery. Brooklyn Brewery will work with E.C Dahl’s Norwegian brewers to expand the brewing offerings of E.C Dahls and usher in a new era of craft brewing innovation”, Hindy concludes.

Brooklyn’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, is a frequent visitor to Norway and will help develop a new line of innovative craft beers that Norwegian beer drinkers will enjoy. “The new E.C. Dahls will celebrate the great tradition of Dahls and bring the brewery and its portfolio into the world of craft beer,” said Oliver. “Norway already has a great beer scene, and we’re really excited to be part of it.”

E.C. Dahls is the second brewery collaboration between Carlsberg and Brooklyn.

One year ago, Carlsberg and Brooklyn opened a craft brewery in Stockholm – the New Carnegie Brewery – a revival of Sweden’s Carnegie Brewery, famous for Carnegie Porter Beer.

The new E.C. Dahls Brewery will open late summer 2016.


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