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Lecture/Discussion: Brewing Traditional Nordic Farmhouse Beers

18 Jul

Lecture/Discussion: Brewing Traditional Nordic Farmhouse Beers


Join Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew, and Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking and Brew Beer Like a Yeti for a discussion on the history, tradition, and technique of brewing Nordic ales. The authors will each discuss their individual approach to researching and experimenting with Nordic farmhouse brewing. Additionally, they will provide an overview of beer history and beer styles in the Nordic regions and their methods for researching the information in their books. A Q&A session for brewers and non-brewers alike will follow.

Zimmerman, a Kentucky native and former Seattle resident, approaches the subject from the viewpoint of an ardent experimentalist attempting to recreate authentic historical brews utilizing ingredients foraged from the hills of Kentucky. He has been brewing beer since he first moved to Seattle in 1998, and his since become a popular speaker and writer of books, magazine articles and blogs in the fields of traditional brewing, modern homesteading and sustainability. His writings have appeared in Mother Earth News, Grit and American Frontiersman, among others. He will discuss his understanding of modern and ancient Nordic brewing, including his wide-ranging knowledge on history, techniques, and ingredients for brewing like a Viking. Learn more at his website, www.jereme-zimmerman.com.

Mika Laitinen writes about traditional ales and brewing from days gone by. His articles on Nordic farmhouse ales have appeared in beer magazines, including Brew Your Own and Zymurgy, and many of his writings about local Nordic beer culture are featured on his website www.brewingnordic.com. Laitinen lives, writes, and brews in Finland, just a stone’s throw from the sahti heartland, where traditional farmhouse ale culture still thrives. Since 1998, he has crafted hundreds of homebrews, many of them to test how various farmhouse methods work in practice or explore how people brewed in ages past. 

Experienced brewers, new brewers, and anyone with an interest in medieval and Viking Age history are welcome to attend. No brewing experience is required!

Cost: $10 for Members; $15 general admission

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Get ready to celebrate summer...Nordic style! Our new summer extravaganza will focus on a different Nordic region each year, and in 2019, we are making summer cool with an exploration of the Arctic.

You’re invited to National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase- Nordic Sól!

Innuit Games
w/ Kyle Kaayák’w Worl
Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25 | Times forthcoming

Inuit Games, also known as Arctic Sports, are a collection of Indigenous games based on hunting and survival skills of the north. The games trained both physical and mental abilities that allowed the indigenous people of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka to thrive in the Arctic for millennia. Today athletes from across the Arctic and beyond carry on the tradition of the games in events such as Native Youth Olympics, World Eskimo-Indian Olympic, and Arctic Winter Games.

Kyle Kaayák’w Worl is an award winning Arctic Sports athlete and coach currently residing in Juneau, Alaska. He is Tlingit of the Lukaax̲.ádi clan, Deg Hit’an and Yup’ik. Over his 10 year career in the sport he has won over 70 medals, traveling from Alaska to Greenland to compete in various events. Along with training and coaching year round in Alaska, Kyle travels across the world to demonstrate Arctic Sports, including the Riddu Riddu Festival in Northern Norway, Orenda Art International Gallery in Paris, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Kyle will teach four sessions throughout the weekend. Advanced registration to reserve your spot will be available soon.


PechaKucha: A Changing Arctic - Culture, Community, and Climate
w/ PechaKucha Seattle
Thursday, August 22 | 6pm doors/6:30pm presentation

The celebration of Arctic culture during Nordic Sól will give an American audience insight into the diversity of the arts and culture of the Arctic but also bring up the important issue of climate change. Throughout history the culture of the Arctic has developed through interaction between local traditions and external influences. Where art through the 20th century had been heavily influenced by westernizing (colonializing) streams, the contemporary Arctic and North Atlantic culture, art and design scene is increasingly exploring and challenging not only local, traditional heritage, but also history and existential questions about identity and national affiliation.

The speakers for this event will include scientists, activists, artists, photographers, designers and more. This diverse group of speakers will commit to give a presentation (based on their interpretation of our evening’s theme A Changing Arctic – Culture, Community and Climate) of 20 slides (each being displayed for exactly 20 seconds). Each total presentation will be 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  Bottom line: 20 slides x 20 seconds each.

Cost: Free; RSVP link coming soon


Circumpolar Hip Hop Colab
Friday, August 23 | 7pm

The outcome of a commissioned concert at the prestigious Riddu Riđđu festival in Norway 2018, the Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab features eight young indigenous artists creating urban music in their native tongues; representing Greenland, Sami Finland, Sami Russia, Kaktovik Alaska, and Nunavut Canada.

You can watch a video of the Collab performing at Riddu Riđđu 2018 on YouTube here

Cost: $25 for Members; $30 general admission. Concert is 18+

Ticket link coming soon





Artisan Marketplace
Saturday, August 24, 12-5pm to the public + during Arctic Adventure
Sunday, August 25 | 10am-5pm

In this curated artisan marketplace, 30 hand-picked artists and designers from the Arctic region will display and sell their wares. This is a great opportunity to meet artists and craftspersons from the Arctic region to discuss their work, process, and support them with direct purchases. Some of our featured artists include designer and installation artist STEiNUNN from Iceland, painter Maria Kjaerulff from Greenland, and woodworker Anders Zeeb from Greenland.

Cost: Free



Night at the Nordic: Arctic Adventure
Saturday, August 24 | 6pm

Calling all explorers! The National Nordic Museum is collaborating with our partners in the Arctic and local businesses for an event that is sure to really heat up Nordic Sól! Guests will have the opportunity to taste their way through the Arctic region, by sampling traditional food & drinks, discovering the latest in Arctic modern fashion and of course visit the Aquavit garden!  Doors open at 6pm and with all the food you can eat and drink, its sure to be one hot party!

Cost: $65/person

Ticket link coming soon



Exhibition: Glacier
August 22—September 30

In conjunction with Nordic Sol, Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (aka RAX) presents a breathtaking selection of works from his polar landscape explorations. RAX has been a staff photographer of Morgunblaðið (Iceland's second largest newspaper) since 1976. His work has appeared in Life, National Geographic, and Time magazines.


Cost: Included with Museum admission


Run Like A Viking 5K

Our 4th Annual Run Like A Viking 5K will be held on July 13, separate from Nordic Sól but conenciding with Ballard Seafood Festival. Gun time is 9am; runners will be chip-timed.

Four-legged friends and wearing your Viking best highly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded on race day for best costume, overall winners (male & female), and top age-group winner for both male and female runners.

Early Bird Registration (through May 31): Adults: $30 (includes t-shirt)
Regular Registration (June 1 – Jun 30): Adults: $35 (includes t-shirt until Jun 14) 
Late Registration/Day of Race (July 1-July 13): Adults: $40 (t-shirt not included)

Register here!


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