History of beer in Sweden
Beer in Sweden has like in Norway, a long historic tradition related with farm brewing. In the old times, beer and mead were the most common beers among scandinavian, being mead the preferred one. Until the industrialization in the 19th century, breweries were family run, and the kind of beer produced for everyday use had a low ABV, whereas the stronger beers—as well as mead—were reserved to feasts and holidays. With the arrival of commercial lagers, a handful of medium sized breweries appeared, and every medium-sized town had its own brewery. It was not until the 20th century that the market concentrated in a few brands. This combined with the strict rules for selling alcohol in Sweden—any alcohol drink above 3.5% can just be sold by state-owned monopoly Systembolaget—made the beer landscape in Sweden quite dull for a long time, until in the 2010s, the craft beer revolution that had already started in other scandinavian countries—as Norway or Denmark—finally arrived to Sweden, first with acclaimed brewery Omnipollo from Stockholm and later with some of the best new breweries from the late 2010's, like Brewski, Beerbliotek or Brekeriet.
Brewski Brewing Fever
Helsinborg (Sweden), 2017-08-19
Marcus Hjalmarsson (Brewski), “Before I started the brewery, nobody wanted to ask me anything… I was just a strange guy in the office that nobody talked to. Not even my kids talked to me—and now they love me!”