Lervig is a brewery founded by Mike Murphy in 2010 in Stavanger (Norway). Mike was one of the pioneers of the craft beer revolution in Europe.
He started in the 90's in the US, and after he was part of Rome Brewing in Italy, partnering with Leonardo di Vicenzo, who later would end up founding Birra del Borgo. After that he went north to Copenhagen (Denmark) to work at GourmetBryggeriet, to whom he had already sold his brewing equipment. In Denmark he also collaborated with the first steps of Mikkeller, brewing for him their famous stout Beer Geek Breakfast—a beer he still brews today at Lervig.
In 2010 he was offered to be the head brewer of a new brewery in Stavanger, and he inmediately joined. His first beer was Lucky Jack, an American Pale Ale that was considered too extreme for the Norwegian local market.
Lervig Brewery is nowadays one of the biggest craft breweries in Europe, and they have been consistently ranked as one of the best breweries in the world.
They had a publicity stunt in 2015 when they released their Big Ass Money Stout, a beer made with real money and frozen pizza, in collaboration with Evil Twin.
A Life In Brewing interview
Stavanger (Norway), 28/03/2018
Mike Murphy (Lervig), “I was tired to be ‘the guy behind the scenes’. I was a front guy before, and then when I moved to Denmark, other brewers took all the credit. I didn’t want it to happen again, so I moved here!”