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Police in Iceland Arrest Men for Illegal Brewing

Two men were arrested yesterday who police caught brewing in an industrial building on Stórhöfdi in Reykjavík. Their “brewery” was shut down and around 300 liters of gambri (a potent homebrew) was confiscated.

Police also confiscated distillation equipment and various other tools used for brewing, Fréttabladid reports.

Both men have a history with the police. They confessed to having operated an illegal brewery and were released after questioning. The case is considered to be closed.

Gambri is a yellowish homebrew with an alcohol percentage of up to 15 percent (30 proof).

While brewing at home is legal for private consumption, the sale of alcohol has to go through the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR).

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