Norsemen Brewing Company

I was sorta behind in checking out my brother’s sweet motorcycle, so to kill two birds with one stone, we trekked our way to Norsemen Brewing Company in Elk Horn, Iowa, for pizza, beer and conversation.

Norsemen opened within the last few weeks, and they looked to be a little understaffed for the pressure put on by their thirsty customers. It’s a small place with artisan pizza and gelato, as well as beers. On our visit, there were only two house brews on offer, a Kolsch-style ale and a graham cracker sour porter, with a sign noting that a pale ale was on the way. While the porter was billed as “sour,” both beers were actually sour and not in the “La Folie Kicks Ass” kind of sour, if you catch my drift. There’s definitely a sanitation issue straight out of the gates, and I hope these guys can sort it out ASAP, because another small brewery in the western part of Iowa is a good thing. But the beer has to be good, so as not to turn newbies off entirely.

Thank goodness they had some good guest beers available. I switched to Peace Tree’s Hop Wrangler and my day got better straight away:


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6 Responses to Norsemen Brewing Company

  1. Steve says:

    You nailed it on the sourness my friend. Please stop by again and help keep us on our toes! The experiments are off the tap and our regular brew is back in supply. I always love it when a true beer nerd stops in and gives direct feedback, and be sure to say hello next time!


  2. J says:

    Steve-Glad you’re busy and I look forward to coming back to check stuff out again. I’ll give you a heads up to see if you have time to chat. You guys looked too busy for me to bother you with criticism, even if it was coming from a place of concern. I wish you the best of lock and look forward to a tour on a quiet day.

  3. Steve says:

    I always welcome criticism, regardless of its intent, no one can fix perfect and if thats all we ever hear then we can never move forward to bigger and better beer. Brewing beer in a shared kitchen where fresh pizza dough is made daily has been a bit of a curveball when it came to keeping desired yeast strains straight but I feel like we have gotten a handle on the situation over our first 4 weeks. I would love to send you some of the other beers we put on tap in the coming weeks if you have an address you would like to send me. Also, sorry to hear you wont be judging the Manning homebrew contest this year.

  4. J says:

    Steve-Check your email

  5. W says:

    Is this place still open?

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