Aass Brewery

Aass Brewery

Aass Brewery (Aass Bryggeri) is Norway's oldest brewery. Founded in 1834 in Drammen, Norway, the brewery's primary products are beer and aquavit. However, they also produce a wide range of soft drinks. Their products are exported to North America.

History

Originally a company dealing in timber, groceries, baking and brewing, the brewery was bought by farmer's son Poul Lauritz Aass in the 1860s. The brewery is still owned by the Aass family, which makes it one of Norway's few remaining independent breweries. As an independent, it has built up a reputation for high quality products and tasty beers, brewing strictly according to the German Purity Law (reinheitsgebot).

Drammensølets venner (the Friends of the Beer from Drammen) is an association that supports the brewery, arranging various events and publishing a newsletter about 4 times a year. It is the world's 2nd largest such association, currently boasting about 35,000 members.

Beers

Juleøl (strong seasonal Christmas beer), Pilsner, Fatøl, Classic (amber), Bock Beer, Gull and a dark Munich-style lager called Aass Bayer.

Trivia

The Aass beer was ridiculed on The Late Show with David Letterman because of the name's similarity with the English word "ass" (Biff Henderson said something to the effect of "I'm not drinking that!"). The word "aass" is a family name and probably an archaic spelling of "ås", which means ridge or low hill. It is pronounced to rhyme something like "horse."

See also

*List of oldest companies

External links

* [http://www.aass.no Home page (Norwegian version)]
* [http://www.aass.no/usa/us.htm Home page (American version)]
* [http://drammenbeer.net Home page Drammens Olets Venner]


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