When I posted on Twitter that I was going to take MaltCim to the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, I got more comments of envy from other beer enthusiasts than for any other tweet I have written. And it wasn’t because of my companion.Lovely though she is, it was the destination that was the object of envy for my Twitter followers. This unprepossessing bar in central Copenhagen is the outlet of one of the most talked-about new breweries in Europe, if not the World. Well, among craft beer fans it is. It’s a rare opportunity to get to the heart of what makes these beers so sought after.
The brewer of Mikeller beers is one Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, who is described as a “gypsy brewer” on the Mikkeller website. I think this means that he doesn’t have his own brewery, but “brews at different breweries in Denmark, around Europe and the United States.” Doesn’t that make him a cuckoo brewer?
Finding ourselves with half a day spare on at the end of our holiday, a quiet afternoon at this beer enthusiast’s dream bar was hard to resist. Well, it was for me. I promised MaltCim there would be dark beers a-plenty, and the deal was done.
Mikkeller bar lived up my expectations. Bjergsø’s approach to brewing is much more interesting than making extreme beers or using weird ingredients. I knew of the Single Hop beer range, in which he takes the same IPA recipe, and uses only using one variety of hop in each beer in the range, so you get Single Hope Centennial IPA, or Single Hop Simcoe IPA, and so on. You get to see what influence the hop variety has on a beer. You can see why the likes of Scottish maverick brewers BrewDog love them – and indeed collaborate with them.
My Twitter friends’ envy was well deserved. There was a surprise in store along a similar train of thought to the Single Hop range. See for yourself and read more on my flickr site.