With brewing banned in the country from 1915 to 1989, the beer culture in Iceland has only recently begun to expand and flourish in an environment hungry to produce inventive new beers. Only a handful of craft breweries operating on the island nation, and a select few have quickly made names for themselves, producing award-winning and notable beers that honor the rich heritage of Iceland. One of these is Brewery Ölvisholt, located in the south of the island on a wild and lonely heath facing an active volcano that has been a dairy farm for over a thousand years. After being inherited from his parents by Jon Gunnlauggson, a talented farmstead brewer, it was transformed into a brewery in 2008. The brewery sits below the active volcano Hekla, which is visible from the brew house door. Hekla is the inspiration for the brewery’s most well known beer, Lava, named in honor of the volcano’s occasional eruptions, which are visible from the Ölvisholt farm.