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Real beer for real Vikings

Here in Scandinavia we consider ourselves Vikings - or at least direct descendants of the Vikings. Many people think that life as a Viking is a walk in the park. But nothing could be further from the truth. Life as a Viking is hard. A Viking wakes up early and goes to bed late. And in between, there is a lot of things a Viking must do. First and most importantly, the Viking helmet must be polished to a shine, the Viking boat prepared, you need to conquer England and finally there is beer that[...]

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Oak Moss Pale Ale

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Back from De Molen

Today is the first day at the office after the festival at De Molen. So I'm a little tired, but certainly happy. To spend an entire weekend with happy beer geeks, brewers and colleagues is always a fantastic experience. This year we had chosen to bring a lot of sour beer to the festival. Sour beer divides people in two: those who love them and those who don't. So while some went in vain for the well-known hoppy IPA's and big stouts from Mikkeller, others were standing by the Mikkeller stand for[...]

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Mikkeller + Bedow

  Here at Mikkeller we develop about 80 new beers each year. However, not every beer comes in a bottle, some only come in kegs and many are only brewed one time. But having said that, there are constantly new labels on their way in and out and since we work with many different label designers we are in contact with many different expressions and styles. Recently, Mikkeller cooperated with Bedow, a Swedish graphic design studio run by Perniclas Bedow. Mikkeller brewed a summer Pilsner, Bedow[...]

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Festival at De Molen

Although we here at Mikkeller hate repetition and predictability, we do have certain traditions. One of them is that we each autumn take a trip to Holland, to Bodegraven to attend the beer festival at De Molen. This year is no exception. The festval at De Molen gives us the opportunity to meet a lot of happy beer geeks, brewers and col-leagues. Again this year, Menno, Bea and the rest of the Dutch team has commissioned sunshine and blue skies, so if you haven’t planned your trip to this[...]

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Farmhouse IPA

  High up in Alaska, where the bears rule, where the winters are long and dark, and where a man is a man that digs for gold. High up north, where you only go if you are in search of happiness and easy money. Or if you are on the run from the long arm of the law. Up there lies a brewery. In our opinion, one of the most exciting American breweries we have become familiar with for a very long time. Of course I'm talking about Anchorage Brewing Company. At Anchorage they brew barrel aged beers; all[...]

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New Cream Ale

KIHOSKH, one of Copenhagen's best beer stores, is a big fan of beer from Mikkeller. Summer and winter there is always a large selection of our beers in their store. Mikkeller has repeatedly brewed beer especially for KIHOSKH. And now another new beer from Mikkeller is on its way to KIHOSKH. This time it's a Cream Ale with orange and lemon peel. At KIHOSKH they are not just big fans of Mikkeller, they are also very excited about Keith Shore's label art. And therefore, Keith was contacted when[...]

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Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013

Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 is now official. What does this mean? Well it means that 20-30 of the worlds absolute best breweries will fly to Copenhagen and celebrate craft beer over 2 days (3rd-4th May). It is now official that Mikkeller will attend, but who will join us - you have to see for yourself at copenhagenbeercelebration.com Cheers and see you dudes! Practical: Tickets for sale 3rd November at billetlugen.dk

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P1

  When I'm behind the wheel in the Mikkeller van, I can easily get a little lonely. I'm pretty sure that many truckers know what I'm talking about here. But instead of talking to other truckers in a walkie talkie or listening to sentimental country songs, I always turn the radio on. And then because I hate stupid pop music, loud hosts so full of themselves that it spills into the microphone and people calling in sharing their latest dating humiliation or painful venereal disease with me and[...]

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Fresh and rare

  Mikkeller is not just a brewery and a bar, it is also an import company. We import a lot of great beers from around the world. In my opinion one of the most exciting breweries we import to Denmark is 8Wired from New Zealand. Their iStout is fantastic, their HopWired is world class, and the newest beer is nothing less than amazing and world-class at the same time. HopWired Fresh Hop is its name. An IPA brewed with fresh hops from New Zealand. This beer offers you a unique chance to taste those[...]

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Mikkeller Bar nominated Best Drink at Årets Gericke

Mikkeller Bar is nominated for best drink experience at Årets Gericke 2012. It's the union of Danish food critics that nominate best food, best service, best drink etc. It's named after a big idol of mine Søren Gericke who introduced the Danes to the Nouvelle Cuisine (modern gourmet food). He is the godfather to most of the successful Danish restaurants today. We are up there with some of the big guns and we are really happy and proud of course. Cross your fingers come September. More info here[...]

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Døszt?

I'm a Beer Geek. I love beer, I can talk about beer all day and I can drink beer all night. I might as well admit it: I'm a Beer Geek. But having said that, at least I'm only a Beer Geek. If I, in addition to my passion beer, for example was also an avid collector of stamps, then I would probably bore my beer friends with long stories about stamps. And my stamp friends would probably be tired of me talking about beer.So to be passionate about one thing is good, it makes you a Geek, and that's[...]

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SpontanKoppi

Brewers are conservative, they stick to their methods, ingredients and processes. And that's just good. If it wasn't this conservatism, we would not be able to enjoy the classic Southern German Weissbier, Czech lager, English bitter or spontaneously fermented beer from Belgium just to name a few styles that, thanks to brewers' conservatism, have been handed down to posterity's beer drinkers. So from here a sincere thanks to all the old brewers, who insist on brewing beer just as their ancestors[...]

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Single – the first of three beers.

Today the Trappist yeast arrived to Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse, and finally we could start brewing. The first beer to be brewed is called Singel. It's a simple malt profile, American hops, primary fermented in a red wine barrel with Trappist yeast. Secondary fermentation will also take place in a red wine barrel, but with brettanomyces. The picture on this blog entry shows Terry filling a wine barrel. You will find many more pictures from this brew day at Mikkellers Facebook page.

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Malt Liquor & Bum Wine

Yesterday we sat all day at the Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse and waited for the yeast that was delayed because of Memorial Day. The only meaningful thing to do in that situation was to drink a lot of the good beers. Terry served one fantastic farmhouse beer after another. While we sat and enjoyed the good beer we came suddenly to talk about malt liquor - a terrible beer that is most often enjoyed straight out of a bottle, wrapped in a brown paper bag under a bridge by a homeless man. The[...]

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Barrels have arrived

After a pleasant evening in Alexandria, with pizza and local beer in the company of Terry Hawbaker and his girlfriend, photographer Kristen Mullen, it's finally time to see Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse. The yeast to be used for primary fermentation has not arrived at the brewery yet, since it was Memorial Day yesterday, so today, Terry will show me around the brewery, and we will taste some of the beer he has brewed - which I really look forward to. The picture for this blog entry shows Terry[...]

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Going to the States

Yesterday I travelled to the U.S., and will be staying there for about a week. The first 3 days I will be at the Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse, where Farmers Cabinet and Mikkeller are doing 3 collaboration brews. We will brew light, bright and funky beer with brettanomyces. Much more info will follow in a few days when we have started brewing. All brewing is done by Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse's headbrewer Terry Hawbaker. The first time I tasted beer from Farmers Cabinet was at the Copenhagen[...]

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A Job Well Done

Some men are made of flesh and bones, others are made of steel. Some Steel Men are made of ordinary steel, the kind of steel you use to build cars, bridges and railroads. Other Steel Men are made of a harder material. There are men of steel among us that're made of samurai sword steel. The picture on this blog posts shows you one of the latter kind. The Steel Man's name is Jacob Alsing, here you see him drinking an American Dream from Mikkeller during a break while running the Copenhagen[...]

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Thank you!

  Dear friends, Brewers, Beergeeks, Freaks, Friends and Volunteers: Thanks for a great festival. Copenhagen Beer Celebration is over, and even though we are tired as hell, even though we can see there were some things that did not work optimally at CBC, we are also damn proud to have hosted this festival. Great food, great beer, and a lot of happy beer-drinking people, we believe thats the recipe for a good festival. We would also like to thank Drikkeriget and Shelton Brothers for helping us[...]

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Keith Shore at Mikkeller Bar Wednesday 9th of May!

  Come to Mikkeller Bar and meet the artist behind a lot of Mikkellers labels this Wednesday the 9th of May. Mr. Shore himself will be present from 18.00 until 22.00. On the walls of Mikkeller Bar in May are some of the original label drawings and they are all for sale. Original art, original artist and 20 taps of beer. Best vernissage ever! V1 gallery is in charge of sales.