NØGNE Ø At A Glance
The Naked Island
The name Nøgne Ø means "naked island", a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough sea off Norway's southern coast. Nøgne Ø's subtitle, "The Uncompromising Brewery", is a plain statement of their mission to craft ale of highest quality, personality and individuality.
Only “Living Beers”
Nearly all the beer in Norway consists of light, filtered and pasteurized lagers, but Nøgne Ø prefer beers which are complex, fruity and full bodied.
"Lagers can be good but, for us, diversity is important and one of the main reasons why we decided to start Nøgne Ø. Due to this we have decided to only stick to top-fermented and bottle conditioned beers."
The Head Brewer’s Story
Nøgne Ø was started by two home brewers - Kjetil Jikiun and Gunnar Wiig - and, although the concept seemed like a good idea at the time, has ever since been described as an example of seriously bad or impaired judgment.
Nobody in their right mind would work for free 5 years leaving their beautiful wives and wonderful kids for long laborious days in a homemade and ridiculously labour demanding brewery.