Hammerheart Brewing Company – Review
Brewery: Hammerheart Brewing Company
Address: 7785 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Hours: Open 2PM ⋅ Closes 10PM
Phone: (651) 348-2654
Brewegian Rating: 5 out of 5
I spent last Saturday as I often do, enjoying craft brews with friends at a local brewery taproom. But this day was different. We were not just at any taproom, we were spending the day at Hammerheart Brewing in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, a norther suburb of the twin cities. To say this is one of my favorite breweries would be an understatement. I absolutely love everything about this brewery. The beers, the people and the atmosphere are all unique and top-notch. There’s not another brewery like this in the country.
Unlike most breweries that are constructed of steel and concrete Hammerheart brewing has an up-north woods cabin feel. It’s flanked on both sides by pine trees making you feel like you’re in the mountains. The brewery has a rustic feel with its wood style construction. There are runes carved into the wood a round-top door and other than one long table for groups and parties most of the tables are empty whiskey Barrels. They have Viking swords and weapons adorning the wall along with Nordic artwork. It’s perfectly cozy and comfortable. You will seriously feel like you’re on vacation in the mountains.
Special Bottle Releases – Regular events!
Today the brewery was hosting a double bottle release party. The two beers being release today were Sól: A Smoked Chocolate Stout with Cherries Added and Máni: Smoked Chocolate Stout with Cherries Added Aged on Vanilla in Cherry wood Smoked Bourbon Barrels. As with most Hammerheart brews, these were big in flavor and quite delicious!
Famous for Smoke!
Hammerheart is famous for brewing big smoky Norwegian and Celtic style beers. What are Norwegian and Celtic beers you might be asking, well check out the following list of beers and I think you’ll get a pretty good idea.
Hammerheart Brewing Company’s Beers List as Rated on Beer Advocate
History of Hammerheart
Austin had been traveling and spending time in Norway. Along his journey he was presented the opportunity of a lifetime. He was offered an opportunity for a brewing internship under Norwegian brewer Andreas Riis of Hand Bryggeriet. He gladly accepted the position and gained what would turn out to be invaluable experience. Austin spent his time with Haand wisely, learning and honing the craft of brewing Norwegian style beers. Luckily for us something he would eventually bring back to the states.
Established in 2013, Hammerheart Brewing began like so many breweries before them, with a couple of home brewers sitting around a fire, drinking beer, and sharing their dreams of starting a brewery of their own. Nathaniel and Austin, the founders of Hammerheart Brewing had like so many grown tired of their current professions and decided to do something about it. They had a strong need for something in their lives that would afford them freedom to something they loved in an environment that would allow them to express their creative sides, to create something unique, the kind of brewery that didn’t exist in the craft beer market. The delivered by starting Hammerheart.
Hammerheart – The Name?
Hammerheart, the brewery’s name was inspired by and named after the Classic Swedish Metal band Batheroy’s epic album “Hammerheart” The name was more than fitting as it was inspired as well from old Norse mythology. I couldn’t imagine this brewery be anything else but Hammerheart!
The brewery officially opened the doors in 2013 after nearly two years of planning, construction, and very hard work. The first Hammerheart beers were debuted at the All Pints North beer festival in Duluth, MN and then followed by the taproom opening at the brewery. Present for the debut was Austin’s Norwegian brewing mentor, Andreas, and together they brewed three collaboration brews. The creative spirit that these guys bring to brewing is very inspiring.
That said this is not a brewery for everyone. The beers are big, smoky, and full of intense flavor profiles. They brew beer their own way. This is not the same-old-same-old. They absolutely do not follow brewing trends, they do not brew something lighter because that’s what the people want, etc. This place is authentic.
My Norwegian ancestors would be proud.