It has only been legal to make beer in Iceland since 1989, so the beer scene is young. By 2014 the culture has evolved into equal parts tradition and new western. The specialty beer bars of Reykjavik, many of which reside in hotel lobbies, offer more than 50 different Icelandic beers for the traveler to choose from. I personally do not find the winter “Juleøl” spiced ales very interesting, so skipped most that I found.
I managed to sample and review more than 30 Icelandic beer during my first short visit. Here I offer my personal top 10.
5% Premium Lager
4.5% Wheat Ale
5.8% Baltic Porter