Recipe: Our Mutual Friend Stjørdalsøl

In collaboration with the Colorado Farm Brewery, Denver’s Our Mutual Friend produces this strong, dark, heavily smoky Stjørdal-inspired ale once each winter.

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For more on brewing this traditional farmhouse style from Norway, see The Cult of the Kiln: Brewing Super-Smoky Stjørdalsøl and Stjørdalsøl: Level Up on Smoke with Our Mutual Friend.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.083
FG: 1.012
IBUs: 12
ABV: 9.5%

16.7 lb (7.6 kg) Stjørdal-style alderwood-smoked malt

0.3 oz (9 g) Hallertau Magnum at first wort [12 IBUs]

Chico or other neutral ale strain

Mill the grains and mash at 152°F (67°C) for 45 minutes. Recirculate until your runnings are clear, then run off into the kettle. Sparge and top up as necessary to get about 6 gallons (23 liters) of wort, depending on your evaporation rate. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops according to the schedule. After the boil, chill the wort to about 66°F (19°C), aerate well, and pitch the yeast. Ferment at 66°F (19°C) until complete and gravity has stabilized, then crash, package, and carbonate.

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