Proud of the local brew

Røros is a mountain village with a taste for good food and drinks. You can harvest the best produce here right on your doorstep. Even the brewer knows how to use the little extra that nature offers.

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photo: marius rua

The local brewery, Røros Bryggeri, uses crowberries, lingonberries, blueberries and rhubarb in the drinks they produce for beer lovers and for those who prefer great tasting non-alcohol drinks. The hardy climate means that the berries grow slowly and develop a unique concentrated aroma.

The brewery takes care of the legacy of “Brus Oliver”, who established Røros Mineralvannfabrikk (soft drink factory) in the 20th century. However, those who run the business today have also looked further afield and travelled around Europe learning the art of beer brewing from the best. Today, they produce both beer and soft drinks, and carry on a century-old family tradition up in the mountains.

The soft drink factory was established in the 20th century with Oliver Langen, known as “Brus Oliver”, as manager. He later bought the factory and modernised it. At full capacity, they could produce 400 bottles per day. His son “Brus Ole” and son-in-law “Brus Erik” later took over the operation.

There was a break in the early 1980s, but the company came to life again in 2009 when Røros locals, who are passionate about food, drink and the local area, started Røros Bryggeri og Mineralvannfabrikk AS. Today, the main shareholder of the brewery and soft drink factory, Dag Ådne Sandbakken, is the great-grandson of “Brus Oliver”, so the circle is complete.

photo: marius rua

photo: marius rua

“We take the brewing profession seriously but add lots of love and a dash of humour,” says general manager Robert Holm. It is mostly the staff who are responsible for the humour, he explains. “We have also added a bit of humour to the labels with a story and a typical Røros expression.”

“We are also committed to giving 110% during every stage when we are brewing beer or making soft drinks. If we make a mistake, we must fix it immediately.”

Naturally it’s possible to visit Røros Bryggeri, look around and taste the different drinks they make.

Own berry reception

It’s a rarity for a brewery to have a berry reception, but Røros Brewery has one. You can bring blueberries, lingonberries and crowberries here. They even want rhubarb.

“We live well here in harsh conditions, close to nature. We wish to be sustainable to the extent possible, which also means utilising the resources available in Røros. Why not use the berries that abound in the forests around here? We can pick these just outside our factory,” says Robert Holm.

photo: marius rua

photo: marius rua

They make sparkling blueberry, lingonberry and rhubarb drinks, mountain breeze with a zing in it and canned drinks. The crowberries and blueberries give the porter beer its deep colour and sweetness.

“We are obviously a local brewery, but our ambitions go much further. Our goal is to become an important supplier of beverages for the whole country and, if an opportunity arises to travel overseas, obviously we won’t say no,” concludes Robert Holm with a smile.

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