Little Norway Pale Lager (4.5% abv) was developed by Sawdust City brewmaster Sam Corbeil and the brewers at Arendals, an employee-owned brewery in southern Norway, in the summer of 2013. It was released in Norway in 2014, with a Canadian release following in 2015 but with distribution limited to the Sawdust City retail store.
Now set to be available across the province, Little Norway is described as “a traditional European lager with North American craft beer sensibilities [that is] light and crisp, but hopped to the hilt with Saaz hops.” Its name pays tribute to a special connection between Canada and Norway that dates back almost 80 years:
It’s a nod to the early 1940s, as World War II gripped Europe and Canada opened its arms to an occupied Norway, where an alliance was forged between the two countries. It was then Gravenhurst became home to over 3,000 Norwegian airmen as our small airport became the base to hone their aviation skills and thus became endearingly known as ‘Little Norway’.
Little Norway Pale Lager is out now in 473 ml cans at LCBO locations throughout Ontario, where it will remain available year round.