New Book on Norwegian Farmhouse Ale

<< 2022-09-15 13:33 >>

My home-made cover for the book. The publisher will make something better than this.

I just sent to the publisher my academic book on Norwegian farmhouse ale, which summarizes what I've found in nine years of research on the subject. The text I sent is in Norwegian, but I may be able to get it translated into English. The English-language publisher wants to judge interest before they decide, hence this blog post. So if you're interested in that, read on to the end.

So what's in the book?

It's an in-depth analysis of Norwegian farmhouse brewing, using maps, charts, and lots of quotes from primary sources. It's my attempt to show what the brewing was like in all the various places in its full complexity, and to explain how it ended up being like that.

Chapter 1 mainly gets things going, but also has a section on the brewing in the far north of Norway. It looks at where the northern limit for brewing was, and also what brewing in that region was like.

Chapter 2 is a short history of beer in Norway, starting with the very beginning of brewing in Norway, taking it up to the present day. The focus is on how farmhouse brewing began and developed, and on how and when commercial brewing eventually branched off from it. There's also a good bit on the history of brewing cauldrons and when they were introduced, because this becomes important later.

Map of where I can document that there was a tradition for brewing. I colour-coded in elevation so you can see why some parts have no dots. This map is not in the book, but one showing the Arctic north is, in order to support the discussion of the northern limit to brewing.

Chapter 3 is a fairly brief outline of the equipment used, without much analysis. However, it does look at the two main types of lauter tun: with side tap (S-type) or hole in the bottom opened with a long rod sticking up (B-type), and finds that the map of who used what type where shows us how cultural influences spread out over the Norwegian landscape.

Chapter 4 goes into the cultural background and covers what occasions people brewed for, how much they brewed, how strong the beer was, and whether it was men or women brewing. It deeper into the issue of who brewed in the past than I've ever done before. Then we get to how people marked that the beer was finished fermenting, and it turns out oppskåke was only one of several customs. In fact, oppskåke only existed in parts of Norway, and the distribution of these customs isn't at all what you'd guess. Then we get into the names people used (and use) for the farmhouse ale, and beer flaws.

Chapter 5 is a deep dive into the brewing processes used in Norway, going through them step by step. First, acid rest prior to mashing, then all the bizarre ways of mashing, then wort boiling, then hop treatment, and a survey trying to put all of this together. We look at the likely reasons people had for using these methods, how they developed, and so on.

One thing that comes out clearly in this analysis is that western and eastern Norway had clearly distinct brewing processes. The distinction isn't 100% consistent, but close to it. The other parts of Norway mainly look like mixes of east and west.

Then a section on truly weird methods that need to be looked at specially, including the most in-depth review of Norwegian stone beer brewing ever. Finally, we go deeper into the kettle issue and how these processes likely evolved, and possible reasons we ended up with the geographic distribution we did.

One thing that comes out here is that the historical picture is far muddier than anyone has ever really reflected on. The timing of the introduction of the kettle is unknown, but from what we know about it the processes we ended up with are bit hard to explain. Then it also turns out that there's 4500 years of brewing where we can't explain how people brewed. If we make one not too unreasonable assumption we can reduce that to 3000 years, but there's still something very odd about what little we know.

Map of what size of batches people brewed where in liters. This map is not in the book because I had to make room for more important maps and charts.

Chapter 6 goes through what kinds of yeast were in use in Norway, such as bread yeast, farmhouse yeast, lager yeast, etc, and the history of their use and introduction. Then into the different types of farmhouse yeast in Norway, and what types might have existed historically. We also review what's known of the use of yeast in baking and how that relates to yeast in brewing.

All of this to set the stage so the reader can understand the next chapter.

Chapter 7 deep-dives into how people got hold of yeast, when they started buying yeast, and how people have been exchanging farmhouse yeast over the last few decades. Then deep into how people harvested the yeast, and the different methods for keeping the yeast. We get the first-ever surveys of what's known about yeast logs, yeast rings, and yeast cakes in Norway, plus a summary of how people do it today.

Then onto how and why people mixed yeast cultures, what contaminants we've found in these cultures, whether people did yeast starters and how, pitch temperatures, fermentation times, how people approached carbonation, and finally, an attempt to model mathematically what the actual fermentation temperatures were. This goes directly to the "how come a hot-tolerant yeast like kveik come from such a cold country as Norway?" question, and delivers a real answer.

Making a yeast starter from bread yeast at home.

Chapter 8 deals with spice and we get the first real history of hop usage in Norway in about a century, an overview of how it was grown, and details on how it was used. Then the same for juniper, with data on its anti-bacterial effect. Then we run through the rest of the spice in a similar way, dealing also briefly with adjuncts.

Chapter 9 looks at other drinks, starting with small beer, and the many names for that. Then the soured mash drink, juniper berry beer, sugar beer (with some startling details), and birch sap beer. Then the first-ever survey of the making of kvass in Norway. A history of mead in Norway showing that we've only had about 250 years of mead-making here. And finally a survey of the history of cider in Norway.

Chapter 10 is a survey of where farmhouse ale is still brewed in Norway, and how it is brewed in the various areas where it's still alive, and what sort of history it's had in each place over the last century or so. The chapter is based on the 9 years of research data I've collected plus a marathon session of phone interviews I did this summer to extend the survey to areas we didn't know much about previously.

Steaming kettle in a brewhouse in Ulvik, Hardanger. Not used in the book.

Chapter 11 tries to summarize all of this and break Norway into regions of (mostly) similar brewing, and analyzes why we ended up with those specific regions. It gets into how the geography of Norway shaped the brewing traditions and compares it with the distribution of Norwegian dialects. Plus, we look at how the historical developments led to all of this before we finally say goodbye to the reader.

For me, this is the culmination of a nine-year odyssey to try to really understand Norwegian farmhouse brewing in depth. I feel I can say confidently that nothing like this has ever been published before, and I'm quite proud to have taken the project all the way to this level. The closest equivalent to this book would be Odd Nordland's book, which was published in 1969, and mostly focuses on the equipment. (One reason why I've skipped lightly over that in this book.)

I say culmination rather than end, because I don't think it's going to end here, but I'm still hoping this will be the definitive work on the subject. Exactly how to go on from here I'm not sure, although doing similar surveys of Denmark and Sweden are definitely one possibility. If, that is, I can find publishers for those books.

Anyway, the potential publisher of the English translation needs to be convinced that enough people would interested in buying the book, because they're a bit worried it won't sell. If you're interested, please add a comment to that effect to help convince them that the book would find buyers. (The publisher suggested I do this.)

They are also considering whether to do a crowdfunding campaign to reduce the economic risk of publishing. If you have thoughts on that feel free to add them.

For those of you who read Norwegian: the book is expected to be out April 20th 2023, although where you can order it now already.

At the mountain farm (summer pasture) near Stongfjorden, Sunnfjord, roughly 1910. By Paul Stang. Public domain, from Fylkesarkiv Vestland.

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Steven Krise - 2022-09-15 13:50:11

Congratulations on the book, Lars!

I would be interested in buying this book in English. I would also be willing to participate in a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the project to translate it.

Evan Hunter - 2022-09-15 14:05:14

I'd definitely buy an English translation if one gets published. Hell, I'd consider learning Norwegian if no English translation gets made!

Brandon H - 2022-09-15 14:12:08

Same as Steve K. Interested in the book in English and willing to participate in crowdfunding it.

Kris Thompson - 2022-09-15 14:13:03

I would buy a copy of this in English in a heartbeat. I’ve read the Odd Nordland book and wished it went further with the actual beer process and this sounds like it will fill all the gaps. I really hope this happens.

David McQueen - 2022-09-15 14:19:26

What a fascinating study and I really hope this does come out in English. So much to learn and I'm sure brewers and brewing courses around Europe would find this of great interest.

Richard Lowe - 2022-09-15 14:27:53

I'll buy the English version

Rhonda Bathurst - 2022-09-15 14:34:10

As a Canadian who has followed Lars’ important and fascinating ethnographic work on farmhouse ale for years, I have been very excited about this book and would definitely purchase an English edition!

Thomas M - 2022-09-15 14:34:56

Congrats on the new book! I would certainly be interested in the English version. cheers!

Eric Kreupeling - 2022-09-15 14:39:51

Willing to buy and willing to crowdfund

Johann Renner - 2022-09-15 14:41:42

Yes! I'll definetively buy this book in English or support a crowdfunding campaign. I bet this book will be of interest for universities, museums, etc... not just beer geeks.

Congrats Lars and thanks for this 9 years of hard work!

Carol H - 2022-09-15 14:49:16

Yes, I'd buy at least one copy if published in English! But I'd likely buy a second copy for a friend who loves beer and all things Norwegian.

Caleb Ochs-Naderer - 2022-09-15 14:55:39

Congrats on another book, Lars!

I've been following your work for years now and would gladly buy an English copy and/or participate in a crowd-funding campaign. It's literally the least I could do after you've inspired such a deep fascination on this topic for me.

Edward Bao - 2022-09-15 14:56:29

Would be great to get an English copy

Timothy Shore - 2022-09-15 14:58:23

if it comes out in english i'll buy one!

Nikki - 2022-09-15 15:00:12

Definitely interested an English publication!!

Tomasz - 2022-09-15 15:01:43

Hi Lars, I really appretiate Your work and definatelly would like to buy the boo in English.

I am using it as one of main sources in reproducing medieval beer technigues.

Best regards Tomasz

Kris Johansson - 2022-09-15 15:04:14

I would for sure buy one of these if it were published in English.

Sean Greenwood - 2022-09-15 15:07:20

I would buy an English translation. I have bought your other books already.

Niklas - 2022-09-15 15:07:20

Congrats on this achievement! I am a frequent reader of your blog and I own two of your books, Gårdsløl and Historical Brewing. enjoyed both of them very much. I have to admit, though, that I‘d very much prefer to read your latest book in English as my Norwegian language skills are rather basic. So fingers crossed that there will be a version of the book for internationals available soon!

By the way, I also watched some of your talks recently and absolutely loved the one in which you look at Christmas traditions in various regions of Europe and how they relate to one another and to brewing. I would definitely enjoy reading more on these mythical and cultural aspects in the future, too!

Greetings from Germany

Matthew Brown - 2022-09-15 15:18:02

I am interested in purchasing this book if it were published in English. I would also be interested in crowdfunding an English edition.

Colin Burton - 2022-09-15 15:24:50

I would have already purchased it if it were available!

Kevin Ryan - 2022-09-15 15:28:25

Will pre-order an english version!!!

Jonathan Lunneberg - 2022-09-15 15:31:10

Although I am partially of Norwegian heritage, I am an American that only speaks and reads English (darn underfunded American schools). I would definitely be interested in buying an English translation of this new book.

Chris Laumb - 2022-09-15 15:35:55

As a commercial brewer in the US, with Norwegian heritage, I would be more than excited if an English version would be published. Crowd funding would certainly be an option I would support.

Martyn Cornell - 2022-09-15 15:40:58

I'd certainly buy the book, and I have no doubt it would sell very well in the US.

Charles Marcotte - 2022-09-15 15:41:03

I will buy the English translation for sure! Longtime fan and i think this is the most interesting beer research that's happened in recent years.

Alan McLeod - 2022-09-15 15:48:36


Edward Bao - 2022-09-15 16:01:15

Would be great to get an English copy

Edvardas G. - 2022-09-15 16:05:14

I would buy the English version of the book and would also consider crowdfunding.

Brent Roady - 2022-09-15 16:08:58

Congrats on completing the book!

I purchased Historical Brewing Techniques and would be interested in purchasing an English translation of this book as well.

Mike - 2022-09-15 16:13:12

Count me in - I'd absolutely buy an English copy and I'm interested in supporting crowd funding. Already own and immensely enjoyed your Historical Brewing book.

Tim Holt - 2022-09-15 16:14:48

It would be a great shame if no English version became available.

Pedro Ortiz - 2022-09-15 16:18:21

Dear publishers; I'd followed Lars' work for a few years and got intantly hooked on the depth of his work not only because of the main topic is located in such a distant country from mine (I'm from Mexico), but in the several facets of brewing that I'd never seen before neither in european nor american books. I think his work is challenging unveiling several "myths" related to brewing that no other author are exploring so far. As mentioned above, not only on the Norweigan brewing as a whole, but as a more comprehensive way to understanding the evolution of brewing that can perfectly can be extrapolated to other wold situations. Translating this book in english surely will open a new discussion on the subject as Lars' previous books and publications. Best regards Pedro Ortiz Mexico - Homebrewer

Vincent A Dongarra - 2022-09-15 16:21:52

I will absolutely buy a copy of this. I've already purchased other books by the same author in English.

MATT FIRETTO - 2022-09-15 16:22:13

Looking forward to the English translation!

Olivier C. - 2022-09-15 16:22:55

I would likely buy the book in english, I'm in france so last time I bought your book on amazon

Art Whitaker - 2022-09-15 16:23:54

Ive shared this on Milk the Funk, a group of 32,000 people who love this type of thing and who many have bought Lars' other book. Milk the Funk "The Podcast" was the first interview Lars had done in English and the 2 part interview was one of our most popular. A new book The Botany of Beer was just published in English, in some part because of the interest our group showed in getting it published in English. The announcement of it being in publication was one of our most liked posts with many people ordering the book. Ive attached the link to the first of the two part podcast.

Shanta McBain - 2022-09-15 16:28:54

I am interested. My friend and I have a small brewery in the basement and he is a veracious reader of all things about fermenting.

Jordi - 2022-09-15 16:30:57

Hi Lars, congratulations on the book!

If there is an opportunity to get it in English, consider it pre-ordered! You have quite a following in the American Mid West...

Bruce Benneke - 2022-09-15 16:31:23

I really hope this gets released in English! It would help me out quite a bit!

Scott D - 2022-09-15 16:33:57

English please.

Scott Forbes - 2022-09-15 16:35:44

Congratulations! This is a massive task and I commend you on completing this!

I also would purchase a copy of the book in English and would be happy to crowdfund it to get it!

Dave Richards - 2022-09-15 16:51:04

You bet I’d buy this. Love Norway, love Norwegian beer, love your blogs. Your other book is not bad either &#128522;

Nick Charles - 2022-09-15 17:11:17

Echoing all the requests and most of all Lars appreciation for your work! Many thanks! Publishers, yes please in English too!

Stormy Gleason - 2022-09-15 17:19:44

Echoing the above, interested in the book in English and willing to participate in crowdfunding it.

Jayme - 2022-09-15 17:40:00

Interested! Would support a crowdfunding campaign too.

Collin Zreet - 2022-09-15 17:47:53

I would buy a English version of this book!

Jeff Enders - 2022-09-15 17:53:10

I would love to see Lars new book translated into English.

Besides many homebrewers, I know several people in the academic world who would be very interested, possibly even using it in their college classes. You have my support. Cheers.

Zoltán - 2022-09-15 18:03:26

Willing to buy and willing to crowdfund

Charles - 2022-09-15 18:04:56

Echoing everyone else, I would live for an English copy!

Bran - 2022-09-15 18:15:26

I would also defitbe interested in an English translation! Your last book on farmhouse brewing got devoured in only a couple of days!

Robert Cole - 2022-09-15 18:32:05

Your work is a fantastic contribution to the knowledge of socio-cultural foodways and food systems, including essential drinks. I will be sharing your work with my university students.

Jeremy - 2022-09-15 18:44:56

I would definitely buy an English translated version and will do whatever I can to make that happen! I thoroughly enjoyed your previous book! Thanks so much for doing this Lars!

Bettina Arnold - 2022-09-15 18:50:39

I would be thrilled to have an English version of the book to use in my class "The Past on Tap". Absolutely in favor of having it translated. And thanks for providing those of us interested in historical and archaeological brews with a model for how to study this topic systematically!

Noelle Phillips - 2022-09-15 18:52:48

Would love to have this book published in English! I loved your first book about brewing techniques in Norway.

Joe Newland - 2022-09-15 18:54:15

I would like this book in English

Drew C. - 2022-09-15 18:55:35

I, too, would lend my support to an English translation. They could always do pre-orders if they're worried about how many to print.

Joel Mey - 2022-09-15 18:58:23

I would be very much interested in an English translation of the book. I am an American home brewer with Norwegian heritage and would love to keep this book as a reference when attempting Norwegian brews.

Tony - 2022-09-15 19:03:56

Sounds great, Lars! I would definitely pick up a copy in English. Would also be willing to participate in a crowdfunding campaign. Thanks for all your amazing work :)

Etienne Florentin - 2022-09-15 19:08:54

I would like the book to be published in English too! Count me in. Cheers!

Jacob - 2022-09-15 19:19:53

I would be interested in an English copy

Zak - 2022-09-15 19:21:01

I would absolutely purchase an English language version. Historical Brewing Techniques is one of my favorite brewing books!

Lars Marius Garshol - 2022-09-15 19:42:36

Wow, guys, this was frankly a little overwhelming. I did not expect this level of response, but it's very encouraging and much appreciated. Thank you all!

Please keep it coming. I have good hopes that we'll be able to persuade the publisher.

Søren Rafn - 2022-09-15 19:43:59

I would be very interested in an english version of this book :-)

Will Baar - 2022-09-15 20:02:24

I'd buy the book in english, and would do a crowd funding or preorder.

Kyle N - 2022-09-15 20:06:21

English reader here, definitely would pre-order in English! Would love to hear more about the cider making as well.

Kyle Nesbitt - 2022-09-15 20:11:03

I would definitely be interested in an English version! I really enjoyed your first book and would love to learn more about how my ancestors made beer! As a home brewer myself, your insights into various traditions, processes and ingredients over the years have been absolutely fascinating.

Yann - 2022-09-15 20:11:54

Count me in, translation and crowdfunding if it helps getting the project off the ground!

Andreas Krennmair - 2022-09-15 20:34:00

I would certainly buy an English translation of this book. This brief introduction already makes it sound very interesting!

Denny Gmur - 2022-09-15 21:50:26

I will absolutely buy an English language copy of this book when it is available. I thoroughly enjoyed your Historical Brewing Techniques and your blog compendiums

Robb Toliver - 2022-09-15 22:11:35

I’d purchase an English copy if available!

Fer - 2022-09-15 22:14:23

It would be nice to have the English version of this book in my collection of beer books.


Bill - 2022-09-15 22:36:17

Would love an English translation! Sounds like a great read!

BeoirFest - 2022-09-15 22:50:37

Definitely. Sounds like a great accompaniment to the previous book

Dylan Lane - 2022-09-15 22:54:00

I'd like to read this book in English and will preorder as soon as possible

Ben - 2022-09-15 23:05:27

I'd pre-order an English copy the moment it got announced!

David - 2022-09-16 00:20:11

Please translate this book to English

Jan Z. - 2022-09-16 00:34:08

I would purchase the english version even just out of appreciation for all the work you have put into your research. I am convinced the english version will outsell the norwegian version. Crowdfunding is a good idea! Greetings from Poland!

S A - 2022-09-16 00:37:02

Another book would be more than welcome!

English would be great. I would happily crowdfund it also if that was an option.

Thank you for your work and for preserving such important knowledge of the collective history

Darren Mc - 2022-09-16 00:43:53

I would this like to add an English version to my bookshelf!

Pita - 2022-09-16 01:11:53

Would purchase an English version if available.

Al - 2022-09-16 01:30:09

I'd be interested in an English version

David - 2022-09-16 02:14:58

I'd certainly be interested in this book if it were translated into English

Daniel M - 2022-09-16 02:19:54

Would buy three copies! One for me, one for my friend, and one for passing down to future generations.

Tim Bleasdale - 2022-09-16 03:57:52

Count me in for an English copy of it becomes available!

Sam - 2022-09-16 05:01:51

I'd certainly buy an English language copy of this, would crowdfund too.

Steven - 2022-09-16 06:10:40

I'd love an English translation.

Cody G. - 2022-09-16 06:33:25

Lars, I bought your first book and loved it. I would definitely get the second English version, and if crowd funding is then only option I would participate in that as well. Best of luck! Cody Portland, OR

Kristian Pedersen - 2022-09-16 07:32:22

I would very much like to buy an english version.

JP - 2022-09-16 07:35:05

The introduction looks stellar and your earlier important work leaves me with little doubt that an English language translation would be a significant contribution and further, popular. Hope to read it soon and looking forward to tell others.

Harvey Shaw - 2022-09-16 07:45:01

I’d buy the book in English!

I’m super fascinated by the topic and will potentially use this subject for my masters thesis!

Sebastian Brisbois - 2022-09-16 08:09:44

I would purchase an English copy of this book. I'm excited about this possibility!

Robert H - 2022-09-16 08:17:58

It sound like a very interesting book! I would surely buy a copy if it's being published in English.

Alison Kay - 2022-09-16 08:29:30

I would buy an English copy. And happy to pay upfront on a crowdfunding project.

Matt - 2022-09-16 09:09:22

I need this book (in English) in my life!

Ruth Barry - 2022-09-16 11:49:06

I'm really fascinated by the history and evolution of brewing. And I would love to be able to read an english copy; of what will invariably be a seminal piece of work extensively covering Norwegian farmhouse brewing.

Arnie - 2022-09-16 12:46:41

Sign me up. I absolutely would love an English language version of the new book.

Martynas - 2022-09-16 12:55:15

I would buy an English copy too!

Ken Hilron - 2022-09-16 12:58:27

This is a "must publish in English" book. The first book by Lars was so very informative.

Gustav Lindqvist - 2022-09-16 13:28:36

This looks very interesting, I would definitely buy one if translated (although as a swede I could probably read the norwegian version).

PETER CURTIN - 2022-09-16 13:31:19


Corey - 2022-09-16 15:36:06

Wow, what an achievement. Congratulations! I’m very interested in an English version of the book.

Luca - 2022-09-16 18:20:20

I would definitely buy it!

Aaron Gore - 2022-09-16 18:25:54

Hey publisher! Count me down to buy the English translation of this book, AND to contribute to a crowd-funding campaign for it! And Lars, congrats on this immense achievement, brother!

Scott Shambaugh - 2022-09-16 21:36:47

Yes, I would be very much interested in an English translation of this book!

Justin - 2022-09-16 23:51:37

I would love to purchase an English version of this work.

Guilherme Silva - 2022-09-17 12:06:14

I'm definitely interested in an English translation. Also willing to participate in a crowdfunding.

Davis Hunks - 2022-09-17 15:46:53

I would definitely purchase an English translation, and would be very interested in supporting a crowdfunding campaign! This looks like such an amazing read, and quite a thorough in-depth analysis.

Ramon - 2022-09-17 18:22:21

Dear Lars, I would be very interested as well as being in crowdfunding this book and your other Norwegian 'Gårdsøl det norske ølet'!

Guillaume Galy - 2022-09-17 19:13:44

Historical Brewing Techniques was certainly the most fascinating brewing-related book I've read so far - needless to say, this book in English would be an instant buy from me! I'd definitely back a crowdfunding campaign too.

Joey Coleman - 2022-09-17 22:20:52

I'd definitely be interested in an English translation of this book as well, and I'll keep an eye on this site for any updates on that possibility.

Ted - 2022-09-17 23:18:07

Can’t wait to see this in English!

Thomas Vincent - 2022-09-18 16:48:09

I would be interested in purchasing an English language version.

Jeff Westphal - 2022-09-18 18:45:13

I am definitely interested in an English translation of this work. Sounds fascinating!

Rachel - 2022-09-18 23:31:08

I definitely want a copy of this in English. If it doesn't end up coming out in English, I'll probably settle for a Norwegian copy but I'd get more out of it in English. I'm not sure if I would participate in a crowdfunding campaign though.

Ross - 2022-09-19 04:11:33

Wow! This is amazing. I've been following your work for years before Kveik yeasts became available in the US. I hope translations become available.

Fernando Divina - 2022-09-19 06:45:48

As every Scandinavian “house” produced a brew of a sort and the foodway of Norway is shared through time and place of conquest and influence - a volume translated in the English is anticipated!

Matt Spaanem - 2022-09-19 16:40:32

I'm definitely interested in an english version of this book!

Trevor Fisher - 2022-09-19 17:28:35

Please publish in English!

Mike Jett - 2022-09-20 03:47:43

Lars, Congratulations! The chapter outline looks fantastic. An english copy would be lovely, and I'd certainly spring for one- but I'd still wade through it with Google translate if it was only in Norwegian!

Steve Tinling - 2022-09-20 10:45:18

Hi count me in for purchasing the English translation. Thank you for all the good work and inspiration. Regards, Steve

Evan - 2022-09-20 18:49:12

Congratulations! Your writing on these traditions has been some of the most fascinating beer-related work I've ever seen, I would definitely be interested in an English translation and likewise would support a crowdfund campaign.

Stephen - 2022-09-20 22:40:43

Hi Lars - again, just to repeat what others have already said, very much interested in a copy in English!

litchiliu - 2022-09-21 10:49:59

If there is an English version, I will buy it

RobinS - 2022-09-21 10:56:50

I would love to get a copy of this book in English. I loved your previous books. I would also be happy to help with crowdfunding to cover costs to ensure I could get a copy

David Nilsen - 2022-09-21 14:00:23

I would absolutely be interested in reading the English language version of this book, and would be happy to review it as well.

Bob - 2022-09-22 00:48:06

Put me down for a copy for sure!

Peter Bircham - 2022-09-22 05:13:40

Nice work Lars! thats a lot of effort you've put in. Would love to see this translated into English, would hapily sign up to a crowd funding campaign

Udo Chrosziel - 2022-09-22 08:30:39

Hi Lars, reading your blog for a long time. Would like to see the book in English. TOC makes me most interested. Thanks.

Michael Newman - 2022-09-22 10:20:17

I'm in for a copy!

Alexis L - 2022-09-23 13:59:33

Great news and congrats! I'd be interested in an English translation for sure. Cheers!

japan brewer - 2022-09-24 04:09:24

I want to read it.

Rob Kuehnel - 2022-09-24 04:43:53

I definitely want to read this book. Please publish an English translation.

Dave Bonta - 2022-09-25 01:52:01

Hell yes. It's fascinating material, and your research is second to none, so I can't believe it wouldn't sell to all the craft beer nerds over here.

Max Planck - 2022-09-25 20:02:04

I'd buy it in English. I really like your other book and have read the blog for years. I'd do crowdfunding. Congrats.

Lars Marius Garshol - 2022-09-26 09:58:19

Thank you all very much for the support! It's a bit overwhelming, to be honest, and very much appreciated.

It persuaded the foreign publisher, so they have now started negotiations with my Norwegian publisher for the English rights. I assume they will be successful, but don't know much about that side of it.

Jeff - 2022-09-27 19:28:26

I would love to see an English version of the book!

John - 2022-09-28 04:10:46

Would love to see an English version! Your historical brewing techniques book has been my favorite beer book and I would not hesitate to buy an English copy of this new one if it gets translated.

Patrick Davies - 2022-09-28 10:12:54

Hi Lars, That sounds promising that the English version is going ahead. I will definitely want to order a copy - your Historical Brewing Techniques was probably the most interesting book about beer I've read. Good luck, Paddy

Lars Marius Garshol - 2022-09-28 17:06:41

Again: thank you all so much for the comments. I just hope you realize that while HBT was a piece of storytelling (though obviously fact-based) this is an academic book. It's also telling a story, but one that's much more historical and abstract, and far less emotional.

Rafael Dubois - 2022-09-29 12:38:04

This sounds like an amazing research that I would love to have it in English. Thank you so much

Brett Binns - 2022-10-01 16:54:12

I enjoyed HBT and would be interested in buying this book as well.To be certain, I don't think that HBT informed my brewing practice much, but was instead simply a very interesting book to read. This will be a different book as you have said, but I suspect that it would be interesting for the same reasons: detailed and in depth research into practice of brewing, but this time in a more concentrated region. Thanks.

Dan Pixley - 2022-10-01 22:55:46

We need this book in English, Please!

Ryan Schaan - 2022-10-01 23:22:12

Please publish in English.

Ivar Andreas Geithung - 2022-10-02 00:14:50

Utrolig arbeid du gjør. En viktig del av et stort verk, somm burde komme på fler språk enn norsk Og engelsk.

Lars Marius - 2022-10-02 00:22:06

@Ivar: Takk.

Joe Stange - 2022-10-02 12:57:38

Yes, an English version, please!

Christian Burg - 2022-10-02 21:22:33

Dear Lars, I'm highly interested in the book. Unfortunally, I don't speak norwegian (lucky norwegian speakers!), so I have to wait for an english version. I had so many essential informations for my brewing from Your book "Historical Brewing Techniques" that I can't hardly wait for Your new book. Thank You so far for Your basic research in brewing culture an techniques in scaninavia and the baltic states. When reading Your book, I had alwas the feeling, something similar could be found in central europe, but we are all too blind to see it.

Lars Marius Garshol - 2022-10-02 22:19:43

Thanks for that, Christian. For some reason I didn't describe it in Historical Brewing Techniques, but Carinthian steinbier was farmhouse brewing in central Europe. I'm not referring to the commercial Klagenfurt breweries, but the steinbier brewing as it was a century before.

There must be more, but we haven't found the sources yet.

Ursula Hewson - 2022-10-03 04:01:45

Another request for an english version here. I have "Historical Brewing Techniques" and would like to learn more about farmhouse brewing. The end game would be to brew local farmhouse ale from my own grains.

Your work is appreciated. I will most definitely buy the next book you publish in english.

Chris - 2022-10-03 07:16:03

Thank you so much for your work, Lars. I hope for an english Version of your new book. Will definitly buy it. Still hold a voucher from my local book store. This would be the right book to use it for. Greets from Germany

Chris - 2022-10-03 07:18:48

By the way, I like your version of the cover. Would be,a great cover for the International version.

Leandro - 2022-10-04 21:18:29

I'd be interested in buying an English copy....

Matt Westerberg - 2022-10-05 01:31:28

I bought multiple copies of your last book, one for myself and more for my brewing friends. I would love to do the same again, and a crowdfunded option would be fine if that’s what it takes. Thank you for the wonderful blog, you have inspired more than one batch of beer in my brewery. Cheers!

Jessica Atkinson - 2022-10-06 21:53:25

Would most certainly want this in English. Norwegian brewing has already been an inspiration and I would love to learn and apply more techniques in the brewery.

Kiki - 2022-10-07 21:01:14

Me encantaría que sea algo mas de juntar dinero con autogestión y no dependa tanto de editoriales. Sino mas bien de editoriales de tipo cooperativos. Estaría muy bueno que haya ediciones al castelleno tambien. Ya que pude elaborar Aguamiel con kveik lituano, gracias a tu blog que me inspiraron y pude llevar a cabo dicha experimentcion, con exelentes resultados y medalla de bronce en Traditional Dry Mead en 2021 en Argentina(BJCP- Mead). Hay que buscar la manera de financiar tu trabajo periodístico y de investigación que es tan importante para los cerveceros e hidromieleros del mundo artesanal. Porque principalmente queremos volver al origen de las bebidas fermentadas del mundo de nuestros ancestros y reivindicar su uso como alimento y de menor impacto ecológico comparado en como lo hace la industria, primando el productivismo sin planificación ecologica, y no el disfrute en armonía con los recursos naturales que hoy es fundamental proteger. Saludos Lars!

John Banks - 2022-10-07 21:17:29

Would definitely buy the English version. Or the ebook if its easier for you to publish

Johnny Maltby - 2022-10-08 06:38:06

Congrats on the book!! I would buy a copy for me and one for my coworker, count me down for two!

Alex - 2022-10-10 04:14:56

Yeah this sounds fascinating and I'd definitely be interested in buying it.

Kilian - 2022-10-13 15:50:40

thx, that sounds very interesting. love your book abour farmhouse brewing! I would really, really appreciate an english translation of the book.

Daniel Schmidt - 2022-10-15 13:57:30

I’d buy a copy for sure

Rob Rowald - 2022-10-15 16:49:43

As a brewer and beer enthusiast I would be interested in an English version

Carl Baar - 2022-10-17 06:39:02

I’ve been waiting a long time for a book like this and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks very much for all the hard work that’s been put into collecting information and writing about this topic. My Norwegian isn’t strong so I would definitely buy an English version of this text. It would be great if there was a physical copy and ebook version available.

Henrik Lauritsen - 2022-10-17 09:46:24

I would be interested in the an English version of this book :) I have been coming back to this blog from time to time to read. Thanks for the great work!

Shawn Brady - 2022-10-17 20:48:13

I would definitely buy an English version of this book.

Richard - 2022-10-26 07:24:18

As a german reader of your other english books, yes please, an english version of this one too!

Martin Lewis - 2022-11-26 16:03:51

Would love to read this, the other books have been great

Vince - 2022-11-27 14:38:58

I’d buy an English language version

Josh - 2022-12-14 05:32:01

I'd certainly buy an English version.

Daniel - 2023-01-08 23:08:12

Would love an english Version!

Peter - 2023-01-13 14:18:20

I loved your previous book "historical brewing techniques" and would more than certainly buy a copy of your latest publication in english!! thanks for your great work!!!

Saxmo Rødland - 2023-01-14 18:15:01

Norweigian great grandfather, born in USA, brewing in Greece ... yes! English version!

John Roberts - 2023-01-26 12:47:36

It would be a preorder/day 1 purchase for me.

Ollie - 2023-02-17 23:00:01

I would love an English translation.

Robert Novak - 2023-02-21 17:58:07

Yes, we would LOVE an English translation. Our open air museum has several Norwegian farm buildings and we often brew historic Norwegian farmhouse beers for our guests!

Riley Yawn-White - 2023-02-23 17:39:46

I'd love to get my hands on a Norwegian copy if there's any way to ship to the US once it's published!

Geoffrey - 2023-02-27 22:50:09

where can i buy the book in english?

Lars Marius Garshol - 2023-02-28 08:09:56

Thank you, everyone, for the support. It's much appreciated!

@Geoffrey: I'm afraid it hasn't been translated yet. Still working on that.

Charles - 2023-03-02 06:25:32

I would buy this, and would be willing to preorder or contribute to crowdfunding.

Reynold - 2023-05-31 04:57:03

A version in English would be great. An academic book on this subject is just what is needed. Really enjoyed your "Historical Brewing Techniques - The Lost Art of Farmhouse Brewing". Would like to know more on the ways that farmhouse brewers keg and store their beers.

Thomas Worsley - 2023-06-06 07:48:10

Loved traditional farmhouse brewing and hope this latest book can be made available in English.

Warleigh - 2023-06-30 03:15:54

I’d happily buy the book in English as well.

Tyler - 2023-07-08 09:07:29

I would buy this in English

Brendan meagher - 2023-08-03 00:13:20

I would definitely buy this book. I run a brewery in Maine and I really like learning more about historic brews.

Todd Isbell - 2023-08-09 17:25:58

Please publish this book in English. Thank you very much!

James Fitzgerald - 2023-08-13 04:07:05

I would buy this book in English. Thank you, and good luck.

wilhelm - 2023-08-27 21:42:54


Mike - 2023-09-08 01:55:38

English please!

Christian L. - 2023-10-14 10:46:24

Publish a englisch version, please! I´d buy it.

Detlef - 2023-12-27 10:12:59

I would buy an English translation and be happy to pre-order or crowd fund.

René Rehorska - 2024-01-15 15:47:35

Lars, i would love to buy your book, translated into English! I think it is an enrichment to brewing literature in general, much like Historical Brewing Techniques. My students are also very interested in brewing historical and uncommon beer styles. Hence, i am surely going to recommend it to them! Cheers, René

Tim Anderson - 2024-02-15 19:56:55

An English-language version of this book would be fantastic! I find beer history fascinating and this sounds right up my alley. Being of Norwegian descent, but, alas, severely lacking in my understanding of the Norwegian language, a translated version is what I'd purchase...and, heck, maybe even a few more copies for friends and family!

Anton Heed - 2024-02-26 21:29:20

Looking forward to this important work. I read Nordlands excellent book when I wrote my student thesis on the possible brewing process of the "mölska" in the Egtved Girl burial. Nordic farmhouse ale is a window into the fascinating past, and with your pivotal role of the rediscovering of kveik and these traditions I am assured your new book will be for the future what Nordlands book was for our us.

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