The Icelandic craft brewery

Gaedingur Brewery

GÆÐINGUR brewery, became the fourth in a row of microbreweries in Iceland, following Kaldi, Ölvisholt and Mjöður.

Originally established on the farm Útvík in Skagafjorður, North Iceland, it was an English 10HL brewhouse. First only brewing filtered lager and bottle fermented ales. The brewery developed rapidly and, as the first of Icelandic microbreweries, Gaedingur bought a Cask canning line, which still is in use.

First craft beer bar in Iceland

In 2012, the owners of Gaedingur opened the first Icelandic craft beer bar in Iceland, Microbar Reykjavík, in Austurstræti Reykjavik. In 2014, Microbar moved to Vesturgata and Microbar also opened in the breweries home town, Sauðárkrókur.

Finally Microbar Kópavogur opened as the Tap room o Gaedingur’s new brewery in Kópavogur in September 2018. So, the story of Gaedingur brewery, has through the years been very tight with the story of Microbar.

At the new brewery, Gaedingur has a 20Hl brew house and 155HL fermenting capacity and will soon increase. At Vínbúðin, Gaedingur sells approximately 17 different canned beers. Gaedingur beers are of course available at Microbar and at the better beers bars in town as well as Bjórland

The history of Gaedingur brewery

2011

The first beers

January 2011:

Adele publishes her Album 21, David Porter and Glen Fiddich visit Iceland and set up the brewery Gæðingur in Útvík in Skagafjörður. The first brew was Gæðingur Lager

2nd. May 2011

First Gæðingur beer was sold store and Osama Bin Laden was killed. This had many consequences and made a lot of people talk. August 2011: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Kate Perry win awards and beer from Gæðingur Brewery is poured from its first tap in Reykjavík at the Icelandic Bar in Pósthússtræti .

2012

MICROBAR REYKJAVÍK OPENS

1st of June 2012 is the 53rd birthday of Ingibjörg Hafstað and the owners of Gæðingur Brewer open at Austurstræti 6. Eight taps with beers from Gæðingur brewery, Kaldi brewery and Ölvisholt brewery. Also available were 30 types of imported craft beer. This was the Mecca of craft beer in Reykjavík for at least the next two years. Microbar flourishes and begins to attract more and more foreign visitors.

2014

MICROBAR & BED SAUÐAKRÓKUR

On the 5th of June 2014, The French Open has become unbearably thrilling and sex symbols Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal wone the tournament. For that reason, they both missed the grand opening of Microbar & Bed in Sauðakrókur. The owners of Gæðingur opened their 2nd bar, one of the most beautiful bars in downtown Sauðakrókur, decorated by Hugleikur Dagsson.

2015

Microbar changes location

2015, On the 20th of October 2015, Joe Biden announces that he is not going to run for President for the coming 2016 election. Therefore he could have joined us at the opening of the Microbars new location at Vesturgata 2.

2018

GÆÐINGUR Brewery opens in Kópavogur

On the 11th of September 2018, 17 years had passed from the tragedy in Manhattan and at the Pentagon. Kofi Annan was laid to rest, but on the positive side, Microbar Kópavogur was opened at Nýbýlavegur 8 in Kópavogur.

Gæðingur brewery is making itself comfortable in Kópavogur and the first Beer brewed in Kópavogur was the Christmas beer “Jingle balls”

Microbar Reykjavík owner

The owner

ÁRNI HAFSTAÐ

Árni is the man behind Gæðingur Brugghús, Microbar Reykjavík, Microbar Kópavogur and Microbar and bed

The Artist

HUGLEIKUR DAGSSON

Hugleikur Dagsson is the artist behind the logo of Gæðingur Brugghús. He has designed many of our beers as well as designing parts of the interior of our beer bars

Hugleikur Dagsson

Visit to the brewery in the North