Driveby visit, SEP2017, tak for turen. - Industrial warehouse on a railroad lot. Nice looking bar and tasting area, not usually open for quick visits or bar sessions, even though the tap handles and fridges look tantalisingly well-stocked with a varied HB line-up for organised group visits and tastings. Was kindly given a private tour of the halls and barrel room in full operation, allowing me to slowly warm into the Norwegian brewing lingo for the further trip up North. No on-site sales. Glad to land a small personal stock of Norwegian Wood and Ardenne Saison for Belgian-style mussels. - Might have to mark the HB festival on my calendar for the full experience, which I imagine to be quite Borefts-y as mentioned below.
Rate for the Haand Fest 2016.
A bit in the harbor side of town, off the main train bridge leading to Drammen Station.
Close to 15 Haand beers on location, friendly staff. Sat at a RB table with the owners who sat there for a chat.
Great location, huge effort went into expanding production from the few employees to now 12+ I think over the course of just a few years.
Barrel room is just impressive, foeders reminding me of Belgium.
I guess my score could be a bit different-lower solely based on an off-fest visit which clealry is not set up for visitors and without having had the pleasure of meeting with the brewers. As it stands, the fest was just fantastic.
Well, not the regular divebar ’round the corner. HB is located in an old railway workshop in an industrial area, but if nearby, call and arrange a visit. Don’t think they’re having any opening hours, but if possible, beergeeks will probably be able to visit. Due to the Norwegian alcohol legislation, the possibility to bring beer back home is limited, if not completely lacking. In May, they have their own festival, with lots of high class European breweries attending. Be sure to visit. If I were to score HB on basis of the festival, it would most definitely deserve a much higher rating.
Visited at Haand Festival 2013; so this rate is only applicable for the annual festival. Fantastic locations, a good opertunity to meet the brewers from Haand and all their friends from other outstanding breweries. Selection is always world class.
Great location at a former industrial estate, just an easy walk from Drammen train station. Tours of the brewery is possible as long as you contact the brewery before you go. The Haand festival is well worth seeking out.
I was lucky to get a private tour at the brewery on a normal brewing day! (feb.2012)
Impressed about their company!
Nice and clean warehouse :-)
Also got some rare beers at the end of the tour. Nissefar, Farewell, Haandbakk, , ,
The gang at Haand are a fun bunch, and of course their beers are amazing. I highly recommend booking the tour, just so you have the chance to see the massive 7,000 liter oaks casks - two of them! And if you visit during their annual festival in May, you are guranteed a good time.