Ringnes Brewery was founded in 1876 by Amund and Ellef Ringnes, together with investor Axel Heiberg. The Ringnes brothers enjoyed hiking, fishing and hunting and had an interest in Norwegian culture, sports and science. When the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen went on an expedition to the North Pole in 1893, the founders of Ringnes, together with Thomas Fearnley, became ship owners of the expedition and provided provisions and capital. Ringnes Polaris Baltisk Porter is the third beer in the Polaris series, brewed in the honour and memory of this expedition. The beer is a result of the collaboration between Ringnes, Brooklyn Brewery and the Norwegian Homebrewers Association (Norbrygg). Norwegian homebrewers were challenged by Ringnes to brew a balanced and tasty Baltic porter. A panel consisting of beer judges from Norbrygg and beer experts from Ringnes and Brooklyn chose the winning beer by blind tasting. The winning brewers, Anders Christensen and Steinar Hamre, were invited to Oslo to brew their beer together with Ringnes. Only one batch was brewed in 2014.
Ringnes Polaris Baltisk Porter is black with a complex aroma. The scent is rich in malt with notes of liquorice, coffee, chocolate and honey. The taste is also rich in maltiness and sweetness, with hints of roasted malts and a smooth bitterness.
Pairs nicely with ice cream desserts or chocolate.