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A craft brewery and beer-academy to open by Reykjavík's old harbour

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  • Good to know One beer please, is in Icelandic: "Einn bjór. takk". And cheers is: "Skál!"

The first brew-pub in Iceland is set to open up this summer by the old harbour. The bar, which will be located at Grandagarður 8, the same building which currently houses Víkin Maritime Museum, next door to the historic harbour Café Kaffivagninn.

Read more: The Grandi harbour area: From industry to culture

Fjóla Guðrún Friðriksdóttir, one of the promoters of the bar told local news service Vísir is that preparations were in full swing and that the bar would open by the bank holiday weekend (August 1-4). “This is a completely new concept in Iceland”, she added, pointing out that the bar would be the first in Iceland to brew their beer on-location.

In addition to offering their own beer, brewed in-house, the bar would offer mini-courses in the mysteries of beer and brewing and the art of enjoying it.

Icelandic beer has undergone a real revolution since the turn of the century. A number of excellent microbreweries have sprung up around the country, raising the standard of Icelandic beer-culture. Nowadays the best of Icelandic micro-brewing is of world-class quality, which is remarkable, when you consider the fact that beer was actually banned in Iceland until march 1 1989, a holdover from the prohibition enacted in 1915.

Read more: The annual Icelandic Beer Day

Several bars in Reykjavík already specialize in craft brews. If you are looking for a selection of the best Icelandic beers be sure to visit Micro Bar (Austurstræti 6), Skúli Craft Bar (Aðalstræti 9) Mikkeller & Friends (Hverfisgata 12) and Kaldi Bar (Laugavegur 20b). Each has its own specialty and unique atmosphere, as well as happy hour specials, and the planned harbour brew-pub will be a welcome addition to the already excellent selection of bars.

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