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Tourist Introduced to Icelandic Drinking Traditions

By Iceland Review

Travelers to Iceland can now learn about the Icelandic drinking culture at Ölgerdin, an Icelandic brewery. Last week the company started visits to its facilities in Reykjavík, in association with Iceland Excursions. According to Andri Thór Gudmundsson, CEO of Ölgerdin, says that tourists welcome the possibility to get to know this part of Icelandic culture.

Guests who visit the brewery are offered samples of the beers that Ölgerdin makes as well as others that are now part of history. Each drink is introduced with the history behind it.

One mead is said to stem from the days of Egill Skallagrímsson, the famous Icelandic poet and viking who lived in the 10th century. Guest are also offered brennivín, or Black Death from a horn.

The prohibition in Iceland 1915 to 1933 provokes special interest, especially the fact that alcoholic beer was banned all the way to March 1989. Guests are given a sample of imitation beer that was served at Icelandic before beer was legalized.

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