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

Proper glassware – money well spent?

Does beer need a special glass? Can’t I just drink it out of the bottle or the can? Why be a nerd about your beer glasses?

If you spend a fair amount of money on a beer you want to give yourself the best possible experince when drinking it. To do that you need to pay attention to your glassware. Not all beers are treated fair by pouring them in a tumbler. A lager needs a tall slim glass. The belgian ales requires a chalice and the lambics have their own glass too. In fact most beer styles have their own glass today. IPAs have a glass that ensures that aromas are catapulted into your nose. Porters and stout have a glas that makes it easy to pour them without creating a large head and when drinking them the glass ensures that the heat from your hand is transferred to the beer to warm it and release some of the aromas of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

If you like strong ales, barrel aged imperial stouts and barley wines you need a snifter to use when you sit back and enjoy these beers over a period of time.

If you only want to invest in one glass to use for all your beers I would recommend the Teku glass. The Teku glass has a long stem and is much like a wine glass. The benefits of the Teku glass is that it carries aroma extemely well, as it has a shape that in many ways resembles a whisky tasting glass, just bigger.

If you don’t want to invest in proper glassware for your beers, my advice is to use a red wine glass. The wine glass is designed to carry the aroma into your nose and in many ways it’s like the Teku glass.

If you want to invest in a few glasses for your beer (they deserve it!) my best advice is to go for a Teku glass, an IPA glass, a tumbler and a snifter of some kind.

When you have invested in new glassware be sure to rinse them properly. Use clean water, dish soap and a soft cloth.

Most importantly: Enjoy your beer!

See you!