“I didn’t have a lifelong dream of opening a brewery, but it’s been very fulfilling,” Agnes observes. She is the creative force behind the brewery, however explains that it will always be a family business.
“From the beginning the children helped bottling the beers, now all the family from the eldest, Steine, to the youngest, Ólafur, (who was born in 2009) has a hand in Brugssmidjan. Except one,” Agnes jokes, “my youngest daughter Svavar drew the short straw to study forensic psychology in Sweden.” Agnes’ second eldest son, Siggi, is the head brewer.Agnes is modest about her impact on brewing in Iceland, but she has inspired a movement. 25 craft breweries have opened across the country, and a female-led distillery is in the works. She states that “there is no competition between us, we all support one another.”
She credits the local community for their continuous support and explains how they drop by regularly for a cold brew. Sharing her story and welcoming new visitors to Árskógssandur is a new chapter for the family.