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Lervig Betty Brown 
Posted: 26 July 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Lervig Betty Brown from Norway Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Lervig Brewery Company) was started up in 2003 to continue the tradition of brewing mediocre brews in southern Norway. In 2010, a bald 38-yr old American brewmaster disembarked in Stavanger to revamp the Lervig lines. Your name needn't begin with Betty or end in Brown to be able to enjoy the sweet carbonated flavor of this brown ale.     
Avg price/liter: USD 9.82   ABV %: 4.7  Type: Ale   
       


Lervig doesn't have the straightforward craft brewery history you've already heard a thousand times already: homebrew lover feels local beers don't meet exceptional quality standards, bootstraps his own small brewery, gains loyal following, ramps up production, becomes multimillionaire (and then sells out to one of the world's beer behemoths).        

In 2003, Carlsberg-owned Tou brewery was shut down after 150 years in the Norwegian town of Stavenger.  Their beers weren't very good, but the public were upset all the same that an accepted institution was being made redundant, a symbol of corporatism over regional sovereignty. Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Lervig Brewery Company) was started up as a result, to continue the tradition of brewing mediocre brews in southern Norway.          

In 2010, a bald 38-yr old American brewmaster, Mike Murphy, who had experience brewing in Italy and Denmark, disembarked in Stavanger to revamp the Lervig lines.  Murphy and Lervig introduced the Betty Brown Norwegian Brown Ale at the Gladmat Festival in 2011 as an alternative to Irish style dark beers commonly seen at multinational pubs the world over.        

Betty Brown is made with caramel, brown, and chocolate malts and Pacific Gem hops from New Zealand.  Your name needn't begin with Betty or end in Brown to be able to enjoy the sweet carbonated flavor of this brown ale, a style I don't normally embrace.        

Lervig has only updated their tastes in the last 5 years.  Betty Brown is most certainly a step in the right tasty direction.        

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