Workmen began installing fermenters and a brew house at The New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm on Thursday. The project is a partnership between the Brooklyn Brewery, Carlsberg Sweden and a group of private investors.
“This is an important step forward,” said Fredrik Vogel, general manager of the project. “We also are pleased to announce we have hired the Swedish brewing team, which is training at Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY this year.”
Brooklyn Brewery’s Swedish subsidiary is the operating partner of the project and Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Vogel hired the Swedish brewing team. The head brewer is Anders Wendler, a graduate of Sweden’s Lunds University. Anders has worked at breweries in the Ukraine, Germany and Sweden since the early 1990s. He is passionate about beer and spends his spare time experimenting with home brews. He was Sweden’s “Best Home Brewer of the Year.”
“I am really looking forward to working with the New Carnegie Brewery,” said Wendler. “For me, beer is both my job and my hobby. So it is obviously very exciting to be involved in the creation of Stockholm’s new craft brewery.”
The New Carnegie Brewery is located in the Hammarby Sjöstad (Hammarby Lake City) neighborhood of Stockholm. It can be reached by car or by a free ferry boat. It is expected to open in early 2014. Wendler said the brewery will have a capacity of 300,000 liters in the first year and will be expanded to a million liters annual production.
Wendler’s team includes brewer Chris Thurgeson, formerly of Nils Oscar Brewery; microbiologist Josefine Karlsson and cellarman Karl Fornarve, formerly of Sigtuna Brygghus.
Carlsberg, a Danish company, is the #1 brewery in Scandinavia and the #4 brewery in the world. Carlsberg owns the brands of the Carnegie Brewery, a Swedish brewery with a 178-year-old history. Carlsberg also imports Brooklyn Brewery beers to Sweden. Brooklyn Brewery once distributed the classic Carnegie Porter beer in New York and Massachusetts.
In 2003, Carlsberg awarded Brooklyn Brewmaster Oliver its “Semper Ardens” medal, recognizing Oliver’s contributions to the world’s beer industry, notably his book, The Brewmaster’s Table, the definitive study of beer and food pairings. At the same time, Carlsberg began importing Brooklyn Brewery beers to Scandinavia.
The New Carnegie Brewery is a result of the friendship that has developed between Carlsberg’s Joakim Losin, Third Party Products Commercial Director, and Brooklyn’s Chief Operating Officer, Eric Ottaway. Brooklyn Brewery will continue to ship packaged beer and tankers of beer to Sweden, but will brew some special beers at New Carnegie. Oliver and Wendler plan to develop partnerships with the great chefs of Scandinavia and the world and showcase New Carnegie and Brooklyn beers with them.
“We want New Carnegie to be a beacon for craft beer culture in northern Europe,” said Oliver. “New Carnegie will produce craft beers with a Scandinavian accent.”