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Mar 27, 2008 11:49 AM

Norwegian Beer - Ringness

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

    1. 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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      1. re: currymouth

        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.

        1. re: bobjbkln

          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.

          1. re: currymouth

            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).

            1. re: JessKidden

              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.

        2. re: currymouth

          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".

          1. re: Jim Dorsch

            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.

            1. re: Jim Dorsch

              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!

              1. re: jethro

                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%.

            2. re: currymouth

              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. Aass is available in the US-

              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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              1. re: JessKidden

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

                1. re: jethro

                  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 ( 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.

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

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

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


                  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.