This place had the second smallest toilet I’ve seen at a bar - my butt kept setting off the hand dryer. Of course, that’s a small complaint when the tap list is so good, and the bottle list so varied. I do wish they had a printed or online bottle list though. Staff was extremely kniwledgeable and fruendly. Worth going well out of you way for.
It’s apparently a popular place in the neighborhood and they offer a good dozen draft beers of which about half are their own. The quality of the beer was average to below average so there wasn’t a lot that interested, sadly. Low ceilinged, chill music, dark pub with no particular theme or focus, just a hangout for college aged drinkers.
This place has very much a "brewpub" type feel, with mostly locals here. 11 beers of their own on tap, with a bunch more guests. A big plus is you can do a 4 x 20cl flight of their house beers for 155NOK (great deal for Norway). Beer quality isn’t great, but a couple were quite decent. Service is helpful and friendly. Can’t say it’s a mandatory stop due to beer quality, but it’s ticker friendly. Nice little stop.
Updated rating: Finally back again after four years. The pub is much the same, but know they are a brewpub, which wasn’t the case back in 2010. Beer selection is impressive, I tried seven of their own beers from tap. Well, the quality isn’t top notch, not bad, but decent enough. Their best beer this evening was Løkka CDA (Black IPA) A big plus is that the brewpub offers 4 x 20 cl to 155 kroner (Nok) I had two of those! Helpful and knowledgeable staff. (Visited December 6th 2014)
First of all, the Google map location for Grunerløkka Brygghus is wrong. It is not situated that far from the city centre. It is nearby The Nighthawk Diner and Aku Aku Tiki Bar just south of Birkelunden Park. We entered the place a cold evening a Tuesday in November. It was crowded but a pleasant atmosphere. The beers on tap were shown on a chalk board. I headed for their house brew from Nøgne Ø, Single Hop Citra IPA alias "Kjell Pop Single Hop" A good beer! (Visited November 23rd 2010) Total score: 72
Nice newly opened place with a nice selection of Norwegian micros on tap. English beer engines makes this a quite stylish and retro kind of bar counter. Nice bottled menu, not the greatest selection in Oslo, but OK. Short food menu, pub grub mostly, I tried the fish & chps, good and fresh. Visit this place if you are on this part of the city, not a must in Oslo.
Probably my favorite place in the Grünerløkka district. An old beaten up pub with a true neighbourhood bar feeing. Medium size place, tourist-free (except for us!), a few benches on the sidewalk for a dozen people. 15 tap lines with only 4 of them occupied by Norwegian micros!?!? 11 of the 15 tap lines were mostly occupied by Mikkeller, other Danish micros, English micros, USA micros, Tilquin, some German micros, etc… A list of 50+ bottles written on a black board but my bartender said they had more bottles than what was written on the board and they don’t always update the board, so it is up to you to spot something you want in the fridges behind the bar. Bottles ranged from classic affordable bottles (affordable by Norwegian standard) to pricey extreme beers like Black Tokyo Horizon ($55 for a 300ml, welcome to Norway). The customers were mostly party people, a bit on the left side, artsy type, I felt like I was back in my local Cheval Blanc in Montreal. I remember drinking a Gueuze Tilquin Draft Version and something else. Very cool place if you like true neighbourhood pubs with character.
Nice place with benches. The walls and ceiling have tiles on them making the room look a bit like an old dairy. The service was okay. Good selection of bottles and an okay range of taps with heavy focus on Norwegian beer. From august 2013 they plan on brewing their own beer. The bangers and mash was tasty and plentiful.