Established in 1913, Olgerdin Brewery is the oldest brewery in Iceland, although it has been entirely renovated to create a modern and stylish visitor experience. The first products produced here were beers, but it has since garnered a reputation for producing a wide range of other alcoholic drinks too. A tour of the brewery gives a complete overview of the history of alcohol in Iceland, as well as its unique drinking culture.
Visitors can of course enjoy sampling the wares, tasting everything from Icelandic favorites such as Gull and Malt & Appelsin, to a shot of Brennivin schnapps. There’s the opportunity to learn about mead, a honey wine that was brewed by the Vikings, plus a strange Icelandic liquor made from fermented potatoes and caraway seeds. Alcohol was prohibited in Iceland during the early 1900s, and beer was banned until as recently as 1989, although a unique beer substitute was created, which visitors are also encouraged to sample.
Olgerdin Brewery is located in the east part of the city, with most people visiting as part of an organized tour.