Finland brewery launches NATO beer with ‘taste of security’

HELSINKI (AP) — A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance.

Olaf Brewing’s OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned with NATO’s compass symbol.

The beer’s name is a play on the Finnish expression “Otan olutta,” which means “I’ll have a beer,” and the French abbreviation for NATO, which is “OTAN.” The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has two official languages, English and French.

CEO Petteri Vanttinen told The Associated Press on Thursday that the craft brewery’s ad hoc decision last weekend to start producing the beer was motivated by “worries over the war in Ukraine” and its consequences for Finland.

He described the new lager as having “a taste of security, with a hint of freedom.”

Finland and Sweden on Wednesday submitted an application to join NATO at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

Olaf Brewing said its new beer also honors the eastern Finnish town of Savonlinna, the brewery’s base located a few dozen kilometers from Finland’s border with Russia.

Savonlinna is known for St. Olaf’s Castle, a medieval structure from 1475 that serves as a venue for an annual international opera festival.

“Our small hometown Savonlinna has always lied in the borderlands between East and West. Many battles have been fought in the town area and at St. Olafs Castle” the brewery said in a Twitter post.

Finland shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia, the longest of any European Union member.


  1. So why the fuck are Sweden and Finland leapfrogging Ukraine?
    I find this to be horribly insensitive and cruel.
    Suppose putler had assembled 180,000 orcs outside Finland last year on some bogus pretext?
    My guess is that US and UK troops would have been sent in as a deterrent and the frogs and krauts; of course not willing to fight as normal, but I bet they would have been far more vocal in their condemnation than they were about putler’s filthy Ukraine plan.

    • Ironically NATO is trying to avoid a war by throwing Ukraine at russia like a bone to a dog. What they have done instead was throw a grenade at russia and look like a fool doing it. NATO has exposed itself as a frozen bureaucracy for passivity. I agree, the shame is missing from this equation from Sweden and Finland but it is hardly their fault. It would show decency from them to at least mention it though.

What is your opinion?