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

Beer and friends

How and with who do you like to enjoy your beers? When does a beer taste the best?

A Danish brewery once had a slogan that said something like: “When does our beer taste the best? Every time!” I do not agree with that simply because it’s not the case. I like to enjoy many different beers and sometimes a beer is just not tasty. I try to spend my beer money on tasty beers, but before you have a sip or two it’s impossible to know if a beer is great. Some breweries are more hit than miss when it comes to the qualities of their beers. If I have too many less than decent beers from a specific brewery I tend to focus elsewhere the next time I throw some of my money at beer.

What about drinking beer with friends, does it make the experience of a beer different than drinking the beer on your own? If you ask me beer is a social thing and they are always better when drinking them with friends. Great company makes everything better and drinking beer is no exception. Being in the best company can sometimes make you forget about the beer you drink.

Is it then better to drink craft beer on your own? Again, beer is a social thing should always be enjoyed in the company of people you like to spend time with.

For me the best beer related experiences have been in company of good friends. Does great company make bad beers better then? No, but sometimes you don’t think that much about the beer if you are enjoying good times. What about great beers then? Great beers are maybe experienced as being even better when enjoyed in great company. This may be a side effect of hyping great beers in the company of fellow craft beer lovers.

No matter the quality of the beer, always drink with someone you like to spend time with. Beer is meant for enjoyment, not for forgetting the rest of the world.

Now I’ll go plan my next tasting session with some craft beer drinking friends. I’m sure it will be great.

See you!