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Sample Iceland's resurgent beer-brewing culturing during this 2-hour excursion to Reykjavik's Olgerdin Brewery. Step inside this distinctive Icelandic brewery, learning about the history of alcohol in the country as well as its unique drinking culture. Best of all, you get to down a few frosty mugs of the brewery's own creations, plus a shot of Brennivín. Your Iceland brewery tour also includes a guide and round-trip transport from select hotels.

Highlights

  • 1-hour guided tour around the Olgerdin Brewery in Reykjavik
  • Learn about Iceland's prohibition years, and history of alcohol
  • Sample famous Icelandic beers including Gull and Malt & Appelsin
  • Enjoy a shot of Brennivin schnapps
  • Try the beer subsitiute that was produced during prohibition
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Reykjavik hotels

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What You Can Expect

Beer Tasting at Olgerdin Brewery from Reykjavik

Olgerdin Brewery Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the beer renaissance that's brewing in Iceland during this nighttime brewery visit to Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson. During the course of your visit you'll have a chance to get a sense for Iceland's unique drinking culture and its long history of brewing, a culture that thrives once more despite significant legal restrictions that were in place for most of the 20th century.
Start your brewery experience at around 5pm with a pickup at your hotel in central Reykjavik, continuing to the brewery, which is situated on the eastern edge of Reykjavik. Olgerdin Brewery, which is celebrated as the country's oldest, is at once historic yet appointed with stylish modern details.
Get situated at the brewery and start tasting some classic Icelandic brews, including Gull and Malt & Appelsin, listening as your guide shares stories from Icelandic drinking lore that have been passed down through the ages. Discover the history of mead, a wine fermented with honey that dates back to the Vikings, and sample a shot of Brennivín, the country's iconic liquor produced with potato mash and caraway seeds.
During your time at the brewery you'll also hear about Iceland's history of prohibition, which started in the early 1900s. Up until 1989 beer was banned in the country, resulting in some creative concoctions produced by Iceland's residents to help make it up for its absence. Sample this interesting beer replacement before finishing your excursion with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

MaryKathryn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

My friends and I had a great experience on this tour! We took the tour the first night in Reykjavik and it was a great introduction to the country and city. Our tour guide Husky was engaging and knowledgeable, and made us feel so very welcome. It was the highlight of our trip!

Judith E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great tour. The speakers were very knowledgeable, the beer flowed very well, and for a group of our size we got on very well. So well that after the tasting a load of us went to the pub together for more tasting!

If you want a good history of the alcohol of Iceland, then go on this tour. If you are teetotal, then maybe not as good...

Stacey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fun tour! I wouldn't call it a brewery tour per say, but neither does the title. Once we arrived, there was a 12oz beer for everyone, and the drinks just kept coming. We learned a lot about the history of alcohol in Iceland, which is very entertaining. Very social event, and I absolutely recommend for the solo traveler or group. Be prepared to make friends! And drink a lot of beer! Shot of Brennevin to end the night is a great idea as well.

Cathy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Must take this tour!! Fun and informative with a great, lively tale on the history of beer in Iceland. Olaf, the tour guide and hostess was charismatic, dynamic and incredibly entertaining! Plenty of samples provided.

Suzette F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Olaf made this tour terrific, informative and funny! Beer was excellent too.

karenj_66

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Oh dear god.......lol......this is not your normal brewery tour expect to get drunk. We had a guy called Happy he was fantastic highly recommend ......the history of Iceland drinking problems is great and this was better than just walking around a brewery for an hour.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent , our guide was a quick witted intellect , The beer tasting was the emphasis , making the tour properly short . Do it !

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide was Silvia, we had a great time she is awesome. Not your typical brew tour like in the states but in my opinion was better. Spent more time learning history of alcohol in Iceland and drinking generously sized samples of most if not all there beers instead of walking around the facility.

christina j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This turned out to be really fun and the tastings were great!

Nina Antigone V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very fun!

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