In the late 1800’s this building was Stoughton State Bank. Locals may remember this building as the old Stationery House, which was here for 30 years. The owners, Vik and Lori, left retirement to venture into the pub business. Vik retired from the Air Force after 34 years of service flying the KC135 and holding many command positions. Lori retired as Office Manager at Home Health at Stoughton Hospital.

The idea of building Stoughton’s first Brew Pub arose from owner, Vik Malling, and his father-in-law, Duane Brickson (whom everyone referred to as “Grandpa”). They both enjoyed going on destination trips to sample craft beer in the area. One day, Grandpa said “You know that someday someone is going to open a brew pub in Stoughton and we won’t have to travel to enjoy great craft beer.” An idea was instantly born, and Grandpa put his master carpenter skills to work, drafting and designing the Viking Long Ship and Interior layout.


Vik and his wife, Lori had many friends and family help in creating the pub. The Viking Ship and Hilda (the dragon) were created, carved and assembled by Lori’s talented brother, Mitchell Brickson.

We opened August 14, 2014, and our first three beers — Nordic Blonde (Grandpa loved his Nordic Blonde!), Midnight Sun, and Soot in My Eye — Were initially contract brewed by Page Buchanan at the House of Brews. The Brew House was finally operational in October 2015, and brew master David Worth has added another eleven styles of the best beers in the Madison Area to make our pub a great place to relax and meet friends or make new ones. Our family restaurant is the only one in Dane County serving multiple authentic Scandinavian dishes.

So Velkommen! Ask us to show you Hilda the friendly dragon puff some smoke!