Surprisingly enough, consuming beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989. Wait, what? Yep, you read that correctly: beer has only been legalized in the Nordic island country since the George H. W. Bush administration.
The end of beer prohibition (certain spirits have been legally consumed in the country since 1933) was celebrated enough throughout the country that Icelanders created of an entire holiday dedicated to the libation (March 1, for those who are curious).
Given the relatively recent legalization of beer, Icelandic beer culture is still developing. For the most part, it’s traditionally been known for producing simple pale lagers. Things are changing, however, and even some Icelandic brews are gaining attention abroad; Lava (pictured above) is now available in throughout Europe and North America.
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