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[...]
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[...]
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.
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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.
Come to Mikkeller Bar and get the first of many tokens for this weekends celebration. 100DKK for 7 tokens, 200DKK for 15 tokens. Unless you like standing in queue. Go get your tokens this week. More on standing in queue here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queue
Ladies & Gents. Besides week 19 being the most crazy beer week in CPH with the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Sour & Bitter and lot of other cool Beer Geeky Stuff, the whole week will start with a celebration of the best beer bar in Copenhagen - Mikkeller Bar. Yes, Saturday we celebrate that exactly 2 years ago, Mikkeller opened its own bar in the heart of Copenhagen and has ever since been pouring the best, craziest, most potent and challenging beers in the world. And how to celebrate this?[...]
This is a song about a girl from the beautiful country of polar bears and pickled herring just above Denmark and how she fell in love with a beer geek at Mikkeller Bar. Yes, the song is in Danish but the music is still great. All in all, a tribute song to the beer K:rlek (Mikkeller/Brill&Co).
Listen up beer geeks and Mikkeller freaks! This is a chance for you to get a free pass to Copenhagen Beer Celebration! We need volunteers. Take the weekend 11.- 13. of May off and volunteer yourself here: email@example.com More info will be provided when you mail us. More info about Copenhagen Beer Celebration at www.copenhagenbeercelebration.com
Yesterday we saw the first real day of spring here in Copenhagen. After a long day at the Mikkeller office, I decided to walk home through the bright and warm city. I had taken off my jacket and had lit my good old pipe. Everything was good. But as I walked through the city I could not help noticing all the attention I got. Was it the heat that brought a smile on everyone's lips? On my way home I went straight down to Mikkeller Bar to drink one beer, and here came numerous Beer Geeks approached[...]
After a long time with an outdated website, we are now finally ready to present our brand new and super delicious website. It is a lot more straight to the bone site with all the info you need about Mikkeller and all its whereabouts. A few notes is that we have implemented a page for the bar, where you always can check what's on tap and a page for the brewery including info about the team behind Mikkeller and some basic info. What is most important though is our new blog page, where we will be[...]
I dag postede jeg en lille nyhed på Mikkellers lille hjørne af Facebook. Helt kort skrev jeg: Saison Sally – den første saison fra Mikkeller – meget snart på køl i KIHOSKH. Og så et billede af den super flotte etiket som Keith Shore har lavet til denne øl. Et par timer efter kommer jeg forbi Facebook igen, jeg konstatere tilfredst at '23 personer synes godt om dette' og ser at der er flere der oven købet har skrevet en lille kommentar. En af disse kommer fra Klaus Bransmark der skriver[...]
I starten af juli tog Mikkeller til Rusland. Formålet med turen var at brygge en øl til dronningens besøg i september. Øllen blev til som et samarbejde mellem Carlsberg, det russiske og Carlsberg ejede bryggeri Baltika og Mikkeller. Øllen fik det opfindsomme navn Royal Rye Wine, hvilket giver god mening når man ved, at der er både vinblade og druemost i øllen. Det er jo en kendt sag, at hendes majestæt ikke er den store øldrikker, og tanken var så, at hvis nu man brygger en øl der smager lidt[...]
For mange år siden arbejdede jeg i en kiosk på Vesterbro. Det var dengang bydelen var rå og fuld af både ludere og lommetyve og drukkenbolte. En af gadens mere markante drukkenbolte kommer ind i kiosken mens jeg er på vagt, han køber sine øl og sine smøger, og mens han står og fumler med penge og pung bliver jeg grebet af trangen til at udveksle lidt almindeligheder med ham. Da det var den 30. december virkede det derfor nærliggende at spørge ham, om han så skulle ud og give den gas i morgen,[...]
Det er altid en del spekulationer i forbindelse med at skulle navngive en øl. For på den ene side vil man godt give sit nye bryg et lækkert, frækt og gerne lidt provokerende navn, og på den anden side skal man heller ikke dreje så meget på det kreative gashåndtag, at man ikke kan få den godkendt. Men nu er et tysk bryggeri kommet op med navnet Fucking Hell til deres seneste øl. Og det navn er blevet godkendt af de tyske myndigheder. Forklaringen kommer her: Hell er en gængs tysk betegnelse[...]