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Barentsburg: brewery - Kracnij Medwed

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The bre­we­ry in Bar­ents­burg began some years ago with the pro­duc­tion of light beer, becau­se the pro­duc­tion of stron­ger alco­ho­lic drinks was for­bid­den in Spits­ber­gen by Nor­we­gi­an law. But once this old-fashio­ned pro­hi­bi­ti­on had been remo­ved by the Nor­we­gi­an par­lia­ment, the pro­duc­tion of real beers could start. Sin­ce then, the “Red Bear” (Красный медведь = Krac­nij Med­wed = Red Bear, this is the name of the bre­we­ry) pro­du­ces several kinds of beer, which are avail­ab­le in the local bars. All of them enjoy gre­at popu­la­ri­ty amongst visi­tors.

The bre­we­ry is loca­ted clo­se to the hotel. This can be qui­te use­ful after exten­si­ve tes­ting of the various pro­ducts.

The bre­we­ry its­elf is loca­ted on the first floor, tog­e­ther with a small bar for beer tas­tings.

The­re is a bar in the second floor. The bar was re-desi­gned in 2017 with gre­at suc­cess: it is real­ly temp­t­ing to sett­le down for a long evening and enjoy a beer or two or three! Often it is qui­te busy and lively. Many ships, hiking groups and expe­di­ti­ons have left their signa­tures on the roof.


By the way:

New book

my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!


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last modification: 2018-11-08 · copyright: Rolf Stange