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 Kaffebokk (Coffee Bock) is the fifth beer in the Polaris series brewed in the honour and memory of this expedition. The beer is a result of a collaboration between one of the best micro roasteries in the world, Supreme Roastworks, and Ringnes’ brewmaster Gunnhild K. Tolleshaug. Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen and Magnus Lindskog from Supreme Roastworks carefully selected the Kenyan coffee beans for the brew and roasted the beans close to the brewday. 150 kilos of coffee beans and 2400 liters of water were used to brew the coffee in the hopgun before it was pumped directly into the beer. Only one batch was brewed in 2016.
Ringnes Polaris Coffee Bock has a golden brown colour with a red hue. The aroma is rich in lightly roasted coffee, roasted malt and notes of chocolate and red berries. The taste is full-bodied with a brisk malty sweetness, clean coffee taste, smooth bitterness and acidity. (paragraph break).
Ringnes Polaris Coffee Bock is nicely paired with meat, cheeses and desserts.