Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020

This past weekend was all about the new beer festival Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen.

We arrived about 30 minutes before opening and got a good spot in the que just next to Bokke’s stand. When the “doors” opened and people ran in we managed to secure two samples of the Bokke beers.

The first Bokke sample was Pjassel 2018 – a complex and super tasty blend of 1, 2 & 3 year old lambic with red vineyard peaches from the Mosel wine region.

The other Bokke sample was Steengaard 2018 – a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambic with apricots, white peaches, würzer grapes and white muscat grapes. This beer is just about as good as beer gets!

Pjassel 2018 and Steengaard 2018 in the background

Following the Bokke beers we tried loads of great sour beers and one of the best and most surprising beers was the coffee-loaded dark sour “Mutational Meltdown” by Supertition Artisan Ales.

Mutational Meltdown is described as a Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark Sour w/ Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs & Orange zest. The aroma of this beer made me think of a great imperial stout but from the first sip there was no doubt that this was a super tasty beer with loads of taste impressions in every sip. This is everything that I like in a beer – great taste and a great many different experiences in a glass.

Speciation Artisan Ales also served the great Recombination – a wine barrel aged sour with Aronia, Lime, Orange, and Pomegranate. I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by the beers from Speciation Artisan Ales and Mitch is always friendly a ready to pose for a picture.

Recombination and Mutational Meltdown
Mitch from Speciation Artisan Ales

I know that many people have complained about the location but I found no real problems. A bit more space and a few more seats would have been nice but I know from some people that attended the late Saturday session that space and lack of seats was a real problem. Let’s hope it’s because this was the first time the location was used for a beer festival and that it will be changed for the next Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration.

The level of the festival beers make me hope that Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration will return next year. If so I’m sure I’ll be back for another day of drinking some of the world’s best wild ales.

Pjassel 2018 by Bokke and Steengaard 2018 in the background

A new year in beer

My new “A Word On Beers” stickers.

Another year has passed and many great experiences with the people of the Danish craft beer community has been enjoyed. I’m grateful for meeting so many of you nice people at so many different events and I hope to meet even more of you in 2020. And where should we meet then?

The first event I will attend is the Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020. I will be there for the red session Saturday the 8th of February from 12 till 16. I’m really looking forward to this event since the brewery lineup is great so far. Confirmed breweries at the moment are:

  • Hill Farmstead
  • Oud Beersel
  • Burning Sky
  • Æblerov
  • Bokke
  • Juguetes Perdidos
  • Boon
  • Oxbow
  • 2nd Shift
  • De Garde Brewing
  • Casey Brewery and Blending
  • Jester King
  • Lindemans Brewery
  • Boulevard Brewing
  • Sour Cellars
  • Tired Hands Brewing Company
  • Highland Park Brewing
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Transient Artisan Ales
  • Plan Bee Farm Brewery
  • Rare Barrel
  • Bofkont
  • Funk Factory Geuzeria
  • Cerveza Granizo
  • Speciation Artisan Ales
  • Zomerdijk Brewing & Blending
  • Mikkeller Baghaven
  • Mikkeller San Diego
  • Mikkeller

With a brewery lineup like that I think it should be possible to find something to enjoy. I don’t think I’m able to pick a few breweries as favorites but I’m particularly interested in beers from Hill Farmstead, Speciation Artisan Ales, Rare Barrel, Sour Cellars, Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales, Bokke, Jester King, and De Garde Brewing. Please tell me if there’s something I just have to taste?

In May 2020 I’ll be going to another Mikkeller event since I’ll be in Copenhagen for the Mikkeller Beer Week and especially Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen. I’ll be attending sessions both Friday and Saturday with my wife -and as we did last year we’ll team up with Anders Ousen from the Danish beer blog Ousen om øl and Rene from Beershoppen in Kolding for the early session on Saturday. Not many breweries have been announced yet but I’m sure it will be a great festival once again.

If you haven’t bought a ticket it’s about time since three of the four sessions are sold out. The yellow session, Friday, May 8th, is still available and Pink and Gold tickets for the full festival experience are also still available. You can find tickets here.

I’m sure 2020 will not only bring Mikkeller events. If Beers Behind Bars in Horsens is repeated I’ll sure like to go again. And no doubt that Rowdy Hops in Aarhus will be in my calendar again this year if I’m lucky enough that there will be a second festival. Last year’s Rowdy Hops was phenomenal -both beers and atmosphere considered.   

Besides all the beer festivals I’m sure I’ll be part of numerous great tasting sessions throughout 2020 with friends as well as in the local part of Danske Ølentusiaster in Silkeborg where I live. I’ll also be conducting some tasting sessions when people ask me to do so. Ask me if you want me to conduct a tasting session for you and your friends  🙂

I’m sure 2020 will be a great year of beer! What do you expect in the world of beer in 2020? – Go to my Facebook page and tell me in the comments to this post

Beer festivals – why go?

Last weekend I attended yet another beer festival. This was a new Danish festival called Beers Behind Bars in what used to be a prison. This wasn’t my first festival this year and I’m not going every time something is possible. The reason for that is that – at least in Denmark – half of all the festivals are not very interesting. Many of the festivals are what I have chosen to call beginners beer festivals. By that I mean that the beers are mostly what many a beer geek would call dull or just extremely middle of the road regarded to taste.

By far the best beer festival I have attended is Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC). MBCC is known as one of the worlds best beer festivals and that’s fully deserved. MBCC is like a super car among mopeds in my opinion. All the best breweries and many of the best beers in the world are present at the MBCC. If you have the opportunity to go in May 2020 be sure to do so, but beware because once you’ve been there you’ll want to come back again and again. One thing is sure: I’ll be there again in May 2020.

MBCC is not the only beer festival worth visiting in Denmark. Just about a week after MBCC the Danish beer enthusiasts (Danske Ølentusiaster, DØE) are hosting their festival in Copenhagen. The level of beer is not as impressive as MBCC, but what is…? Many tasty – mostly Danish – beers are served and in my opninion it’s worth a visit.

A new Danish beer festival is emerging this November. Rowdy Hops in Aarhus is gathering 25 great breweries for two sessions of three hours. You pay a small fee to enter and then you pay for every taster. Based on what they have published so far I think this is going to be a super great beer festival – and it’s quite close to my home.

Do you find a beer festival with decent beers near where you live be sure to go and support it. Beer festivals can only get better if more people show up and drink the best beers of the show. If the beers are dull or downright tasteless don’t hesitate to tell. The brewers might want to hear and do their best to come back with something better in the future.

See you!