Brand Identity and packaging
Art Direction & Lead Design: Geir Solem Lysbakken.
Graphic Design (additional) : Marius Wathne & Dorthe Torgersen.
Photo: Tommy Andresen, Roman Jøe (Lysebotn) & Geir Solem Lysbakken. Special thanks to David McInnes for helping out with the logo and being model.
Norske Bryggerier is partly owned by Rema 1000 (supermarket chain)
Rygr (Ryger) was the original Norse name of the region which today is “Rogaland». The spelling “Brygghús” (brewery) was chosen for the relation to Iceland.
Simplifying Nordic saga
RYGR Brygghús is a new local brewery by Norske Bryggerier (Norwegian Breweries) and is part of the company´s strategy to establish local breweries along the Norwegian coastline. RYGR is the original Norse name for the western region of Norway, Rogaland. RYGENE is the old name of the inhabitants from this region and suggests that they were growing rye. Rogaland is known for its rich Viking history, particularly the famous and great naval battle fought in Hafrsfjord around year 872 which led to the unification of Norway.
When looking for a distinct and recognizable design for the brewery and the different types of beer, we wanted to base the design concept on the proud Viking saga and their excellent craftsmanship and their rich trading culture – sailing vast distances to far away civilizations.
Using shields for the main design, we created a system of endless possibilities, embracing any new type of beer using both patterns and colors in combinations which allows us to make numerous and distinct series with a clear difference between the beer types. The product names are from the region named from the viking era. Hafr is Hafrsfjord. Jædr is the original name for the beautiful place Jæren, and Haugr is their name for the town Haugesund on the west coast. The logo is developed from a viking axe to focus on the craftsmanship and the brewery is also located in Øksenevad (øks=axe) in Kvernland Næringspark.