ICEBERGS AND SPICES OF GREENLAND
The former owners of the brewery tried to use iceberg water in all of their beers, but it didn’t work out.
“Fishermen were sent to carve pieces of ice off the icebergs, because you are not allowed to carry more than 30 kilos of ice at a time. Then the brewers had to hack the icebergs into little pieces and melt it so that they could fit into a container hole the size of a golf ball,” explains Andreas.
Pouring 1000 litres of water into this hole proved to be too expensive and time consuming so the idea was dropped and now Immiaq Brewery uses fresh local water, and spices the beers with flavours of Greenland.
POPULAR TASTES OF BEER
This year, Immiaq expects to produce about 20,000 litres of beer. There are hopes that they will eventually export to other areas of the country including South Greenland, where a specialty ale made from Greenlandic honey has been requested.
For now, popular tastes include ‘Taseq’ meaning lake, which is infused with Arctic thyme, a crisp fresh cooling beer; ‘Ullorissat’ meaning the night sky, made of black crowberry; and ‘Qaqqaq’ meaning mountain, a Greenlandic herb beer which tastes like a walk in the mountains.
“So if you haven’t had enough of the nature at the end of your day, you now have the opportunity to drink it”, Andreas says with a smile.