Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020 – Som skrevet i Ølentusiasten

Nedenstående er en dansk udgave af det indlæg jeg tidligere har skrevet om Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020. Den danskeudgave kom til verden på opfordring fra Danske Ølentusiasters medlemsblad “ØlentusiasteN”.

Alt er stort når Mikkeller giver den gas – selv banneret ved ankomsten til MBWAC

I weekenden den 7. og 8. februar havde Mikkeller og Mikkeller Baghaven sat et nyt skib i søen på Refshaleøen i København. Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020 er en ølfestival med fokus på det syrlige og vildgærede øl og efter samme princip som den velkendte Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen, eller bare MBCC. Princippet er at du køber en billet til en bestemt session og så kan du ellers smage frit i hele det tidsrum du har billet til. Det gør det dejlig enkelt at der ikke skal penge eller poletter frem ved standene, men som ved andre Mikkeller festivaler er der den ulempe at der relativt hurtigt bliver udsolgt af de mest hypede og populære øl. 

En velsmagende oplevelse

Vi – min kone, Niklas Dietz (@copenhagenbeertraveler på Instagram) og jeg – ankom til festivallokationen ca. en halv time før åbning og fik en god plads i køen lige ved siden af Bokkes stand. For dem der ikke kender til Bokke er det værd at bemærke at det er noget af det højest ratede, mest hypede og i særdeleshed noget af det mest velsmagende vildgærede øl der findes. Da “dørene” åbnede og folk løb ind lykkedes det os at sikre os to smagsprøver på øllene fra Bokke. Som på mange af de andre stande på Mikkellers forskellige festivaler er det bryggerne selv der serverer deres eget øl og hos Bokke var det da også Raf Soef selv der serverede og fortalte røverhistorier i det omfang der var tid til det.

De to smagsprøver vi sikrede os var Pjassel 2018 – et super velsmagende blend af et, to og tre år gammelt lambik med røde ferskner fra Mosel. Den anden Bokke øl vi smagte var Steengaard 2018, som ligledes er et blend af et, to og tre år gammelt lambik, men denne gang med abrikoser, hvide ferskner, Würzer druer og hvide Muscat druer – en oplevelse af hvor godt øl virkelig kan smage når der ikke er grænser!

Pjassel 2018 og Steengaard 2018 i baggrunden

Efter oplevelsen hos Bokke prøvede vi adskillige yderst velsmagende syrlige øl og en af de bedste og mest overraskende øl var den kaffeprægede mørke sour “Mutational Meltdown” fra amerikanske Supertition Artisan Ales.

Mutational Meltdown bliver beskrevet som en Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark Sour med kaffe, vanilje, kakaonibs og appelsinskal. Duften af denne øl fik mig instinktivt til at tænke på store imperial stouts, men fra første tår var der ingen tvivl om at det her var en yderst velsmagende sour med utallige smagsindtryk i hver eneste slurk. Oplevelsen var virkelig alt hvad jeg godt kan lide i en øl – stor velsmag, mange forskellige smagsindtryk og virkeligt mange forskellige oplevelser i samme glas.

Speciation Artisan Ales skænkede også den velsmagende Recombination – en vinfadlagret sour med aronia, lime, appelsin og granatæble. Set i bakspejlet tror jeg faktisk aldrig at jeg er blevet skuffet over øl fra Speciation Artisan Ales og bryggeren Mitch er altid venlig, imødekommende og klar til at stille op til et billede.

Recombination and Mutational Meltdown fra Speciation Artisan Ales
Mitch fra Speciation Artisan Ales

Jeg har hørt og læst om mange der har klaget over stedet Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration blev afholdt, men jeg oplevede ikke selv nogen tydelige problemer, da jeg deltog i formiddagens session om lørdagen. En smule mere plads og luft sammen med lidt flere siddepladser kunne have været rart, men jeg ved fra folk der deltog lørdag aften, at det var et reelt problem at der var for lidt plads og formange mennesker. Der var også solgt flere billetter til den sene session og borde og stole midt i rummet var fjernet, for at skabe plads til de ekstra gæster. 

Jeg håber at udfordringerne med pladsen skyldes, at det var første gang stedet blev brugt til en ølfestival. Et håb for fremtiden er, at det vil blive ændret til fremtidige udgaver af Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration, for jeg håber da i den grad at der kommer flere udgaver!

Det meget meget høje niveau på øllet til MBWAC2020 får mig da til at håbe at festivalen vender tilbage næste år. Hvis det sker, så er jeg helt sikker på at jeg vil komme tilbage og bruge en dag på at drikke nogen af verdens bedste syrlige og vildgærede øl.

Raf Soef fra Bokke skænker Pjassel 2018 Bokke og i baggrunden venter Steengaard 2018

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

The power of the sour

Sour beers are always a way to make people talk. If you don’t like them you’ll probably let everyone near you hear it. If you like them you probabaly like them so much that you’ll tell everyone. Either way they make you talk a lot.

Sour beers are often said to be an acquired taste, but how many and which do you have to taste to learn to love the power of the sour?

Maybe sour beers like the Mikkeller Baghaven beers in the picture are not the place to start. A fruited sour beer of some kind – a sugary fruited kriek or a fruit loaded berliner weisse could be the answer.

Do you like pickled foods like what we eat in Denmark you might have a head start in to the field of sour beers. Some people just don’t like the vinegar flavors and by that it can be hard to fall in love with the Belgian style sour beers since some of them are loaded with these flavors.

Sour beers may sound like a beer style you have to like. That’s not the case at all. It’s just that I (and many other beer lovers) like them a lot and values their complexity and multiple flavor character traits. Sour beers adds a new layer of joy to beer. In some ways they are venturing into wine country with their acidity and often with a lot of barrel notes to the flavor.

If you have some wine loving friends they might be in to sour beers. At least it’s worth to let them try it once or twice. A place to start could be the always tasty Alexander by Rodenbach. It’s a fruited Flemish red that’s not over the top sour and the fruit might help someone to like it.

If you try to teach someone the power of the sour beers, just remember that it’s completely okay not to like them and it’s equally okay to say it out loud.

See you!