What the Heck Is Kveik?
Since we released our latest Funk Lab brew “Beach Goon” (a Kveik Pale Ale), a lot of people have asked us, “what the heck is kveik?”
Here are some fun facts about this tasty Norwegian farmhouse yeast:
Kveik is pronounced “ka-wike” (rhymes with bike).
The term "kveik" does not refer to a style of beer, but to the type of yeast used in traditional Norwegian farmhouse brewing.
Farmers and homebrewers would store their yeast logs/rings, and wake up the cultures when it was time to brew.
Although it is a “farmhouse” yeast, it does not have the typical flavours of a farmhouse yeast. Instead, it comes across as more of a regular ale yeast.
Kveik beers ferment quickly, and are very stable to brew with (they don’t usually result in “off” flavours).
Overall, Kveik is a flexible and versatile choice to brew with— allowing homebrewers and professional brewers alike to make many different styles from this humble farmhouse yeast.