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Norwegian Beer - Ringness

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jethro Mar 27, 2008 11:49 AM

Just wondering if anyone has ever tried this beer. A friend brought a large bottle back from Norway & I liked it. It was heineken-ish, for lack of a better description. A few summers ago, I had a few local places order it & they actually found it! I live in NJ & it came from a distributor in Newark, NJ. I guess it wasn't a huge seller since I never saw it again. Nonetheless, just looking for others opinions.

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  1. Josh RE: jethro Mar 27, 2008 12:41 PM

    Nogne is another Norwegian producer that makes an incredible Imperial stout.

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      currymouth RE: jethro Mar 27, 2008 12:53 PM

      Ringness is from the Vestafold region of Norway. Generally the Oslo fjord area and is quite common.I like it but have never found it in NJ, Where did you buy it from? I brought back a 6 pack of Aass from Oslo on my last trip home. Nothing special but with that name...... I just had to. Think of the conversations around a cold can of Aass.

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        bobjbkln RE: currymouth Mar 27, 2008 07:51 PM

        Boy, does that bring back memories. Ringnes has been around the US for a long time. 45 years ago it was, by far, the cheapest foreign brew in New York and was a students' favorite. Don't think I have it in the past 40 years, but I do think I've seen it around recently in NYC.

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          currymouth RE: bobjbkln Mar 27, 2008 09:42 PM

          I've been in the New York area for 20+ years and have done my share of bar hopping but have never seen Ringnes. But then again I've never asked for it either.

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            JessKidden RE: currymouth Mar 28, 2008 04:21 AM

            As "bobjbkin" notes, Ringnes was once quite common in the NYC metro area as a "cheap import" (i.e., priced the same as common US "premium" beers). There were a few such beers for those who wanted an "imported" beer but didn't want to spend double the price of a US sixpack- a Dutch one, Oranjeboom, and a number of somewhat well-known German brands. Ringnes, for instance, sold for $1.15 a sixpack at the time Bud was $1.25 and Heineken was $2.49 (NJ state prices- 1964).

            Ringnes was not the sort of beer one would find bar-hopping but in a large discount liquor store. Can't say I've seen it recently, but do recall it's been around, on and off, over the years with ever-changing labels and bottles. I *think* I recall that one US imported went bankrupt at one point a few years back. It's a Carlsberg owned brewery now, and Carlsberg USA (their new-ish import division here) seems to be starting slow, with only a few beers (Carlsberg, Beamish, Tetley's the most common).

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              bobjbkln RE: JessKidden Mar 28, 2008 11:29 AM

              you got the prices about right, although I think Ringnes came in 11 oz (or perhaps 11.2 oz, like today's metric/imperial based bottles) short bottles.

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          Jim Dorsch RE: currymouth Mar 28, 2008 04:16 AM

          Aass used to be sold in the US, and IIRC their beers were delightful, with a rich, firm malt character. Perhaps it spoils the fun, but I believe it's pronounced something like "orse".

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            TongoRad RE: Jim Dorsch Mar 28, 2008 05:22 AM

            I remember Aass quite well- I distinctly recall getting a four pack of the Bock in 1982 and being absolutely astounded that a beer could be so good (not that I was a complete stranger to good beer at the time, Dinkelacker's lineup was a regular part of my usual rotation, but I thought that this was something really otherworldly special back then). I still like the beer, fwiw, but don't quite view it with the same reverence, though. It's still around- I've gotten the Jule Ol, Bock, Lager and Dark at a place called Cable Beverages in Bardonia, NY- just over the NJ state line.

            I also recall Ringness. I used to see it in my local watering hole (one of those bars with 100 beers, and a 'passport system' to keep track of what you've tried) from the mid-80's to the mid 90's. It was allright, and had its fans- but I haven't seen it since then.

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              jethro RE: Jim Dorsch Mar 28, 2008 05:24 AM

              Jim Dorsch:

              Come on, it's no fun if you ask "Does anyone want some 'orse'". I'm going to check one of my local, larger haunts to see if they'll order some Ringness for me. I hope they can get their hands on a few cases. I'll let you know!

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                currymouth RE: jethro Mar 28, 2008 08:16 AM

                Yes Let us know where , I believe you are pretty near to me and I have my whole family visiting from Norway this summer, My brother is a big Ringness fan. But is the alcohol content the same as in Norway?I seem to remember one version at 7%.

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              Passadumkeg RE: currymouth Mar 28, 2008 05:00 PM

              Dudes Curry & Jesse, you used to be be able to get it at the Shop Rite on Washington Rd. in Sayreville! Not my favorite of Norsk brewskis, a little too sharp and light. For Oslo area I preferred Freydelund, much smoother, but Hansa out of Bergen was my favorite. Is there any place in the Middlesex Co area that carries Norwegian or Finnish beers?
              And thanks, Jess for correcting the spelling.
              Takk so mye
              And Aass = Os, so kiss my.... Os!

            3. JessKidden RE: jethro Mar 28, 2008 01:44 PM

              Aass is available in the US- http://www.aass.no/usa/import.htm

              Ringnes (not Ringness) does not seem to be imported into the US at this time- without an importer, no store, large or small, can order it. The last label approval with the Feds (TTB) was in 2002 and was from the Newark, NJ beer distributor Piccirillo. No website but their address is:

              L. A. Piccirillo Inc.
              10-12 Richards St.
              Newark, NJ 07105
              p. 973-589-8080

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                jethro RE: JessKidden Mar 28, 2008 05:44 PM

                Sorry about the misspelled name. Yes, it was imported by a Newark importer & Piccirillo sounds about right. Thanks for providing their information.

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                  JessKidden RE: jethro Mar 29, 2008 04:08 AM

                  Hey, no need to apologize to *me* for the mis-spelling- (I don't care) BUT I figured "Google" might and it would probably limit your ability to find the info.

                  Previous importers have been Seemayer ( http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi... I think they're the one that went out of business) and L. Fatato (a big NYC area importer) was also involved at some point.

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                jethro RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 06:28 PM

                Sorry, folks. Reply from major store in the area:

                The product is no longer imported to the USA.
                Thank you

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                  currymouth RE: jethro Mar 31, 2008 08:02 PM

                  Thanks anyway.

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                  Loren3 RE: jethro Apr 11, 2008 10:58 AM

                  This may well deserve to be added to this thread about beers you miss:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483235

                  Years ago, my GF at the time and I stopped in some quirky bistro in San Marcos, TX, and she had a bottle of Rignes. Loved it. Had to have some. I scoured Houston for weeks before finding a little deli/import shop about 45 miles away. We made a special day of it, driving across town and picking up a case. When we got home and cracked a bottle.... aaaah. Tastes just like Heineken. In other words, a pretty undistinguished northern European lager. I still have one of the bottle caps as a reefer magnet on my fridge, though. I liked the reindeer.

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                    paleogeek RE: jethro May 5, 2008 12:21 AM

                    shame that norwegians have to pay 8$ a beer and dont have much in the way of selection - in restaurants 90% of the time its either ringnes or hansa-borg. sometimes youll find frydenlund. as far as my tastebuds remembered, they pretty much all tasted the same --- 5% pils, neither particularly good or bad.

                    aass, as mentioned here, is generally considered better, but they have a terribly small market share. in grocery stores you'll be able to find a nicer selection, and you can find styles like julol and bayerol (amber/brown). aass also makes a wheat ale that happens to be very very decent.

                    now hop on over to sweden and youll find a much nicer selection. i ran through a store and picked a wild 12 pack (not necessarily sweden-exclusive) and liked a few, though their names escapes my mind

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                      OlDawg RE: jethro May 20, 2014 10:14 PM

                      During the 1970's, my Summer job was in a beer and soda distributor (retail store) on Long Island, so i got to sample many imported beers. By far my favorite was Ringnes of Norway!! It was rich, very unique in taste! I almost felt like "eating it, with a fork and knife." Yum yum!! I am so sad that it is no longer imported to America; and it seems like it may not even be brewed any more. Not sure. Sure wish i could crack open one of those little green bottles right now...!

                      1. Tripeler RE: jethro May 21, 2014 03:17 AM

                        A friend of mine is one of the founders of Nøgne Ø in southern Norway. I believe they are one of the best small brewers in Norway, and these days have a great line of beers. I particularly like their IPA varieties. They are also producing sake, using rice from Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, which another friend of mine helps them get. Nøgne Ø has a U.S. importer.

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                          Jim Dorsch RE: Tripeler May 21, 2014 04:31 AM

                          I met a few of the Nøgne Ø (I cut and pasted this from your post!) folks a few years ago in Chicago. One was an American and the other was the guy who at the time was an airline pilot.

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                            Tripeler RE: Jim Dorsch May 21, 2014 05:47 AM

                            The guy who was an airline pilot, Kjetil Jikiun, is my friend. He used to fly between Tokyo and Copenhagen a lot, and we got to know each other through a great Belgian beer bar here in Tokyo. I got him to try sake and he fell in love with it, particularly the Yamahai and Kimoto styles (which involve lactic acid in the process), so his sake is very much like those styles. I believe he is the only commercial sake brewer in Europe.

                            Kjetil is a fabulously nice guy, and brews very good beer. He has some special ones like Dark Horizon which have very high alcohol and are very high gravity. (You can get the ø by holding down the "alt" key while typing "o")

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                              Jim Dorsch RE: Tripeler May 21, 2014 02:40 PM

                              Thanks. The only keyboard shortcut I know is the em-dash.

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