Festival program (English) 2019

The basic schedule is below, with more activities further down.

Friday:

  • 1700-2000: Farmhouse brewers serving their beers
  • 1800: Official opening of the festival by the mayor of Hornindal
  • 2000-0000: Commercial brewers servering their beers

Saturday:

  • 1200-1800: Farmhouse brewers serving their beers
  • 1800-2300: Commercial brewers serving their beers

Farmhouse brewers

Serving farmhouse ale, and giving away kveik.

At the festival 20-30 farmhouse brewers will be serving their beers. These are not commercial brewers, but people who have brew in the original farmhouse tradition for themselves, their family, and friends. You will be able to talk to the brewers and ask them questions. Some will bring their family yeast (kveik) to the festival, maintained by the family for generations.

The beers will be in various regional styles, including kornøl (local raw ale) and probably also traditional styles from other regions.

Presentations

Microbiologist Richard Preiss presenting his work on kveik

There will be presentations about farmhouse ale in Norwegian and English.

  • Friday 1800: Ivar Skare on kornøl (in Norwegian)
  • Friday 1900: Norwegian kveik lab about commercial kveik production (in Norwegian)
  • Friday 2000: Mika Laitinen on Sahti
  • Saturday 1300: Kåre Frøland (in Norwegian)
  • Saturday 1500: Bjørn Roth from Nofima on kveik research (in Norwegian)
  • Saturday 1700: Lars Marius Garshol on kveik (in English)
  • Saturday 1800: Jochen Förster of Carlsberg on kveik (in English)

Demonstration brew

On Saturday 1200-1800 there will be a live demonstration of farmhouse brewing in the festival hall. This year Mika Laitinen, a leading sahti expert, will show how Finnish sahti is brewed.

Samples of sahti will be served 1400-1500.

Commercial beers

In the evening Norwegian commercial brewers will be serving their commercial brews with kveik and traditional ingredients.

Full brewing session

Cauldron on the fire

For those who buy the “brewing+festival” tickets, there will also be a full demonstration of brewing kornøl (the local farmhouse style) with a brewer who’s grown up in the tradition and has his own kveik. This will take place in a traditional brewhouse outside the festival.

Martyn Cornell’s account of the 2017 session.

Impressions

The view from the hotel.

Some impressions from earlier visitors: