Best Breweries in Iceland: The complete guide in 2023
Discover the finest breweries in Iceland, where tradition meets innovation. Unearth unique flavors, immersive experiences, and the rich craft beer culture. Cheers to the best of Icelandic brews!
Even though beer was not allowed in Iceland until 1989, this small country has a rich history of brewing beer. Iceland has several breweries, or about 30, that produce various delicious beers. If you are a beer enthusiast, reading this article could give you an idea of what breweries you think are worth visiting on your Iceland trip as we take you through the best breweries in Iceland.
First, to make things easier for you and your itinerary, we will list the best breweries in each region around Iceland.
Reykjavík / City Centre
Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, has several great brewery pubs where you can enjoy a variety of delicious beers.
Bryggjan Brugghús is a brewery pub in the old harbour area of Reykjavík. They offer a range of craft beers brewed on-site and tasty food. Their beer menu includes IPAs, stouts, pilsners, and more.
Skúli Craft Bar is a popular craft beer bar located in downtown Reykjavík. They have many beers on tap, including some rare and hard-to-find brews.
Micro Bar is a tiny craft beer bar located in a basement in downtown Reykjavík. Despite its small size, they have many beers on tap, including several Icelandic brews.
These are just a few great brewery pubs you can find in Reykjavík. Each one offers a unique atmosphere and selection of beers, so it's worth checking out a few to find your favourite.
Vestfirðir / Westfjords
Dokkan Brugghús is the first and only brewery in the Westfjords of Iceland. The family-owned brewery is located in Ísafjörður and opened in 2018. The water they use to make the beer is excellent and clear spring water that originates in the majestic mountains of Vestfjörður. Admittedly, it sets the quality a bit higher.
If you go to the Westfjords of Iceland, stop by Dokkan Brugghús and have a beer.
Norðurland / North Iceland
North Iceland has a growing craft beer scene with several notable breweries producing various delicious beers.
Bruggsmiðjan Kaldi is a microbrewery in the village of Árskógssandur, just north of Akureyri. They offer a variety of beers, including Kaldi, Kaldi Dark, and Kaldi White. You can visit their taproom and brewery for a tour and tasting. At Bruggsmiðjan Kaldi, you can get a unique experience. You can take a bath in beer! The beer bath is perfect for the skin and hair. It gets better - You get your private draft beside you so you can enjoy their tasty beer. So while you let the beer bath do its magic on your body, you can enjoy their delicious beer.
Einstök Ölgerð is a craft brewery located in the town of Akureyri. They produce a range of beers, including Arctic Pale Ale, Toasted Porter, and White Ale. Einstök's beers are available in many bars and restaurants throughout Iceland and internationally.
Segull 67 is a craft brewery located in a little town called Siglfjörður. Segull 67 is a little family-owned brewery located in an old fish factory and welcomes you to their taproom for a tour and tasting. You can visit their taproom and brewery for a tour and tasting.
If you are travelling in the northern part of Iceland, you have many good choices. So choose well ... Or better yet, try them all!
Austfirðir / East Iceland
The east region of Iceland is very up-and-coming in the brewery scene.
In a tiny village called Borgarfjörður eystri is a newly open brewery, KHB Brugghús. The brewery is in one of the oldest houses in the village, and KHB Brewery builds its foundation on the building's past and the notable entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who have operated there in the past. They make great beers like IPA, Pale Ale and dark lagers, for instance, and their own Gin and real Icelandic Moonshine.
Housed in an old slaughterhouse in Breiðdalsvík is Beljandi Brugghús. Being a tiny brewery, it's usually only open during the summer. However, you may find Beljandi beer in some places in east Iceland, Reykjavík and Akureyri.
In Egilsstaðir, you can find Askur Taproom. Askur Taproom is a bar that sells beer from Austri Brewery, in the same building as the brewery. They offer craft beers on ten taps! You be sure to enjoy yourself at Askur Taproom.
If you are in east Iceland, put these breweries on your itinerary.
Suðurland / South Iceland
South Iceland is home to several breweries that offer a wide range of craft beers.
Ölvisholt Brugghús is a craft brewery in Selfoss, an old dairy farm. They produce a range of beers, including IPA, pale and red ale, stout, lager and many more - from year-round to seasonal beers and special releases.
Ölverk Brewery in Hveragerði is one of the most popular microbreweries in Iceland. It's a geothermal-powered brewery, which makes it one of a kind in its produce. Their most unique beer would probably be "Grænihver" - a "skyr sour beer. Made from Icelandic "skyr", and one of the most popular Icelandic popsicle makes "Grænihver" both sweet and sour at the same time.
If you are heading to the beautiful island of Vestmannaeyjar, visit The Brothers Brewery. They offer delicious IPA, pale and red ale and many more great beers.
At one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, you will find Smiðjan Brewery. Not only do they have fantastic food, but they also have all kinds of selections of their beers.
These are just a few of the many breweries you can find throughout Iceland. Each brewery offers its unique take on beer, and they all contribute to Iceland's rich and diverse beer culture.
Drinking and Driving in Iceland
Drinking and driving is a dangerous and irresponsible behaviour that poses a serious risk to yourself and others on the road. It impairs your judgment, coordination, and reaction time, making it difficult to operate a vehicle safely.
Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to severe consequences, including accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. It's essential to prioritize the safety of yourself and others by making responsible choices.
If you plan to drink, it's always best to designate a sober driver or get a good night's sleep before operating a vehicle.
Remember, it's not just about your safety but also about protecting the lives of others. So please, don't drink and drive.
Otherwise, Icerental 4x4 wishes you a safe and pleasant "beer journey"!