“We set our first batch in July last year, and it has gone incredibly well – so well that we had to kick off 2016 by expanding to a larger brewery. This year we hope to get our products out across the country,” says Irgens, general manager of the brewery. Honouring the island that has captured their hearts, the team at Northern & Co named their golden ale Fedje, while the other beers have names inspired by nature such as Storm and Flora. The ginger ale, Flora, has proven to be particularly popular. Norwegians are accustomed to non-alcoholic ginger ale, but brew master Priemus – originally from New Zealand – has successfully introduced the western Norwegian bar scene to ginger ale the way it is done in his home country: with alcohol, and massive amounts of ginger.