Do you think they’re known as Brøøklyn Brewery over there? OK, terrible jokes aside, Brooklyn Brewery has expanded its Scandinavian presence through a partnership with Norway’s longstanding E.C. Dahls Brewery. It’s a deal similar to the one Brooklyn announced last year with Sweden’s Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (NCB) Brewery, which was the first of its kind for an American brewery.
Dahls’ teaming up with Brooklyn will lead to increased innovation for the Trondheim, Norway-based brewery, which was founded in 1856. Its iconic lager, a traditional pilsner, is a regional mainstay, and will remain in the brewery’s rotation. Brooklyn’s influence will push the brewery to expand into new styles, thanks to a new brewing facility that should be completed by next summer. It will also include a new restaurant and “center for brewing culture” (gift shop?!). The new Dahls won’t produce Brooklyn beers, though locals will be able to find Brooklyn beers in the tasting room.
Why Dahls? Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver has visited Trondheim before, and years ago hosted a beer dinner with local chef Roar Hildonen, who will become the chefs at the new brewery’s pub. If you’ve been plotting a Scandinavian vacation, target summer 2016 when Brooklyn promises to throw a huge party at Dahls to christen the completed brewery.