Oslo Mikrobryggeri has been serving up beer brewed on location since 1989. You’ll see the giant tanks in the corner as you enter the pub.
Back in the day, Oslo Mikrobryggeri was your only option for an alternative to the typical Norwegian swill. In fact, it was the first time I’d encountered a steam(er) beer that wasn’t Anchor’s.
The interior is dark, warm, cozy and pub-like. Numerous booths and tables invite you to meet up with friends for an intimate chat. The horseshoe bar invites you to saddle up on a barstool, chat with the patron next to you or exchange flirtatious glances with the sultry stranger on the opposite side.
The atmosphere ranges from calm and intimate (early weekday evenings) to vibrant and energetic. Located in one of the more snobby areas of Oslo, Oslo Mikrobryggeri is a pretension-free oasis.
Like darts? There’s a board in the furthest cranny of the pub. You can ask to borrow a set of darts from the bar, but there’s a decent chance the players you’re eyeing to challenge not only have their own but are ranked among Norway’s best.
While Norway has seen a veritable beer-culture explosion, Oslo’s oldest microbrew pub seems to continue ambling along at its grandfatherly pace. There’s a real comfort in knowing that each time I return – no matter how long it’s been – I’ll meet a familiar figure who long ago figured out who he is and who has brewed some beers to welcome me back with.