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Nordic Table – Skål Exhibit Tour & Aquavit Tasting

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Celebrate the opening of the Skål Scandinavian Spirits exhibition with an exclusive preview tour and aquavit tasting! Sample three different types of aquavit with small bite pairings from FIKA!

Co-presenters Christer Andre Olson from Arcus Norway and Tova Brandt, curator of the exhibition and curator at the Museum of Danish America, will give a gallery talk and provide expert insight into the origins and historical consumption of aquavit.  

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits, on view November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018, is a ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition that shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and how these customs were carried by immigrants to the U.S.

Created by the Museum of Danish America and presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, the exhibition highlights traditions related to beer and aquavit – the historic "spirit" of Scandinavia which translates as “the water of life.”

Scandinavians have brewed beer for over 1,500 years. In pre-Christian times, the Norse god Odin was credited with teaching humans how to brew beer, and drinking beer was often involved in worship and as offering to the deities. Beer was part of battle victory celebrations and sometimes drinking challenges.

In the 1500s, distilled liquor became known through Scandinavia as a medical cure-all. Early distilling efforts often produced awful flavors, so herbs and other plants were used to improve the taste – creating what is now known as aquavit. Aquavit is also commonly consumed in Northern Germany in the region of Schleswig-Holstein, which has historically changed hands, back and forth, between Denmark and Germany.

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits
Skål! Scandinavian Spirits


Logo - Skål! Scandinavian Spirits
Logo - Skål! Scandinavian Spirits
ASI Members $45, nonmembers $55


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