The Danes know a thing or two about beer. They used to drink it instead of water in Copenhagen because the water was polluted. Now they drink it as well as water but they still drink enough to know a good beer when they taste one.
Historically of course Carlsberg, founded in 1847, is the big player, but the last few years have seen a surge of new beers being brewed and more than 100 new breweries have sprung up. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in Europe, Denmark is the place to head for a pint, for sure. In fact, head straight to Copenhagen, bypass any temptation to get stuck into Carlsberg and avoid the tourist trap breweries in the centre.
Instead sample some of the home brewed beers at either Norrebro Bryghus, Brewpub or Amager Bryghus instead, all of which serve some of the finest beers you’ll sip. The latest development in this affair with ale is the rise of the ‘gypsy brewer’ – wandering guest brewers who create their own beers in other people’s breweries and Mikkeller is without doubt the master.
Twice awarded Danish brewer of the year, his boundary-pushing, taste-defying creations are a labour of love for the young maverick. His latest offering is a limited edition collaboration with the design studio Femmes Regionale and Storm boutique in Copenhagen, poetically named ‘Drink Your Sorrows Away’ - in his own words the content is a ‘dark and roaring fellow’.