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

Mikkel Bjergsø – om cykeltur til Skagen og #CraftBeerAid2020

Mikkel Bjergsø – grundlægger og ejer af Mikkeller – har indenfor det sidste års tid kastet sin kærlighed på cykelsporten. Det har blandt andet resulteret i Mikkeller Cycling Club og nu i at Mikkel sammen med Søren Runge, som er ansat i Mikkeller, har kastet sig ud i en cykeltur gennem det meste af Danmark.

Jeg tog en kasse øl under armen og drog til Skagen for at snakke med Mikkel, da han og Søren Runge var halvvejs på deres tur. Her kan du se hvad vi snakkede om:

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

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!

Stockholm – beer heaven?

Last stop on our journey partly around The Baltic Sea and back is Stockholm. Staying on Södermalm we had every opportunity to drink great beers. Our hotel was just around the corner – or two, maybe three blocks – from Mikkeller Stockholm. That left us we no choice but going there more than once during this stay in this very welcoming city.

Mikkeller Stockholm is very clearly a Mikkeller bar… The interior decoration is simpel but still inviting and makes you feel at home. This time we arrived around dinner time and decided to have some ‘Danish Smørrebrød’. To accompany this tasty dinner we had some IPA, berliner weisse and saison – all great beers with a lot to offer in a super hot Swedish summer evening.

Not far from Mikkeller Stockholm we found Omnipollos Flora where we decided to round of the evening with a beer or three. Omnipollos Flora is a summer Pop-up venue/beer garden in the Humlegården park in Stockholm serving food, icecream and Omnipollo beers. I was lucky enough to put my hand on a soft serve version of one of the beers. For those not knowing it, Omnipollo is known for their soft serve beers. Soft serve is a way of serving the beers with kind of a slush-ice on top. It is a super smooth way to enjoy the beers. I haven’t had a single bad soft serve beer from Omnipollo…and I have had more than a few. To know more about the beers we had and to have a look at this cozy place and the beers I enjoyed, this is the place to look.

The next day we went out to see some more sights in Stockholm and planned to hit Omnipollos Hatt around noon to have beer and lunch. Omnipollos Hatt makes some crazy great pizzas and the beers are tasty too. We found a seat in the sun outside the bar on an even hotter Swedish summer day. We went for a soft serve Moa Lemon Curd Sour and a juicy hazy pale ale – both great choices in the heat. Both of the beers went well with the super tasty pizzas. If you decide to pay Omnipollos Hatt a visit, be sure to do it when you are hungry for some pizza.

After some post-lunch sightseeing we ended up returning to Mikkeller Stockholm for dinner and some more beers. I’m sure I could visit this bar hundreds of times without growing tired of it . This time we tried the variations of ‘smørrebrød’ that we didn’t try the day before – again very tasty food that can easily compete with the Danish originals. To wash down the food we had a fruity juicy berliner weisse, a lambic brewed for the bar and a hoppy sour ale. All great beers to finish this Baltic beercation.

Stockholm is in my opinion worth a visit to drink great beers. I have been here more than once now and I’m not finished at all. Stockholm is definitely a place I want to go back to. There are still a lot of great beer places I haven’t visited and the ones I visited are all worth a revisit.

This is all from this fantastic summer of beer and traveling. Soon I’ll return with other beer matters of great importance. See you!

Mikkeller Helsinki and more

Helsinki and more than one great beer bar is only a two hour train ride from Tampere – that’s where we went. We had a plan to visit Mikkeller Helsinki, Sori Tap Room and what other craft beer places that we found interesting. In between the visits we went to Saint Petersburg, Russia and Tallinn, Estonia. The theme for our beer bar visits in Helsinki seems to be something like black, hoppy and sour beers – not the worst in combination with sunny Finnish summer weather.

The first place we went was a bar called Ølhus København. Being Danes the name intrigued us and we had to check out the beer selection. We went to Ølhus København in the afternoon which ment that there was plenty of space for us to choose beers and where we wanted to sit and enjoy our beers. The selection of beers was nice with Amager Bryghus among them, but we settled for a straight forward Finnish porter with nice bitterness and a fair amount of roasted malt flavors – a tasty Finnish porter. The beer was Helsinki Portteri by suomenlinnanpanimo. We enjoyed the porter on the deck in front of the bar – a nice and quiet place with a relaxed atmosphere, which seems to be the Finnish way dealing with the realities of life. We went on with the realities of being tourists and went on to see some more sights and find other places to enjoy more beers.

Drinking beer and sightseeing makes you hungry at some point. When hunger struck we went for burgers at Gastropub Stone’s. The selection of burgers was something like nine or ten different ones. The ones we chose were tasty and paired with the selection of beers Gastropub Stones was a nice place for dinner. To accompany the beers we ordered a filght of four beers – a lager, two fruited sours and an IPA. All the beers were quite tasty and was great company for the burger. If you want to read more about the beers we had, this is the place to look.

Next day we went to Saint Petersburg, Russia by train. Beer was not a big part of this part of the trip, but we had some okay local lagers (Learn more about the beers here and here) where we had dinner. Saint Petersburg is definitely worth a visit just to experience all the great places you may have heard of like the the Winter Palace for instance. Following the days in Russia we returned to Finland and Helsinki and had more great beers.

Back in Helsinki we went for a bar that I had read quite a lot before we went to Helsinki. Sori Taproom had made hopes high that the beers would be great and I wasn’t disappointed in any way.

Sori Taproom is definitely a great place if you want to taste beers from all around the world. We decided on flights of four tasters to try as many of the great beers from the 24 taps as possible. The beers are very reasonably priced Finnish beer prices regarded. A flight of four beers from any of the taps was 20€ and a flight of five Sori Core beers was 20€ too. We ended up tasting nine different beers all-in-all – We had to flights of four, but they made a mistake when pouring the second flight and decided to give us the extra beer for free – Great move! The resulting nine beers were of all colors and styles from pale yellow to pitch black, session IPA to bold imperial stouts, fruity and sour to black and bitter. If you want to know more about all of the nine beers you have to look at this Instagram post. It’s really hard to point out one beer as being better than the rest, but Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee by AleSmith was an absolute hit eventhough it was a hot summer day (Every day is a stout day…). The Nightman Leaveth by Odd Side Ales – a super smooth and velvety creamy imperial stout with just about the right amount of rye whisky and vanilla – was the right beer to end the session. Odd Side Ales was unknow to me before this beer, but it’s a brewery that I have to explore some more. If The Nightman Leaveth is one in a line of beers at the same level, Odd Side Ales could be a favorite brewery in the future.

Sori Taproom is surely a craft beer bar that deserves it’s reputation as one of the best in Helsinki. I would very much like to go there again some day. Staff is very friendly and helpful in choosing beers and the atmosphere is nice both inside and outside. Only downside might be quite a lot of noise from the traffic when sitting outside close to a main tram line and a congested road.

Being in Helsinki three times during the summer and living in hotels only a few hundred meters from Mikkeller Helsinki left us with no choice but going there more than once.

Mikkeller Helsinki is one of the newest additions to the Mikkeller family and is well in line with the relaxed atmosphere that has characterized all the other Mikkeller bars I have visited. The last time we were there we had a chat with the manager who was a really nice guy. We talked about the beer scene in Finland and Denmark and the great things about this new bar in Helsinki. He told us one thing that surprised us a bit – summer is kind of low season in Helsinki because people are out in the country visiting their cottages and camping by the numerous lakes. We were surprised because it seemed like there was a lot of people all the places we went in Helsinki.

If you want to know more about the beers we had at Mikkeller Helsinki, please take a look at these instagram posts: First visit. Second visit.

This is all for now – next post will be about places to drink great beers in Tallinn, Estonia – See you!

Mikkeller Bar Stockholm

Follow the sign and you’ll find tasty beers.

Mikkeller Bar Stockholm is a nice bar in a quiet street. When we arrived we found some seats outside as it was a warm summer evening in Stockholm. Brahegatan a really quiet street with next to no traffic, so sitting inside is really not a choice if you can find a seat outside. To begin with we settled on two beers. The two beers were:

  • Upp Med Flipan! from the Swedish brewery Unibärsum. Upp Med Flipan! is an American IPA with grapefruit, cranberry juice and Citra hops. Bitterness is soft and lots of grapefruit and delicate cranberry flavors makes this beers a nice summer sipper.
  • Bezzer Weisser from Mikkeller. Bezzer Weisser is a passionfruit berliner weisse. Passionfruit is evident in flavor but I would have liked Bezzer Weisser to be way more sour to be really great.

When we had finnished these two beers and outside temperature had dropped we moved inside to enjoy one last beer to end a long day of travelling. The interior is light and welcoming with a relaxed atmosphere. Service is nice and friendly and is more than willing to guide you in your choice of beer. People visiting the bar is a good mixture of young and old and beer nerds and regular beer drinkers. Music played at the bar is a mix of classic and modern rock. Mikkeller Bar Stockholm is definitely worth to visit again. Now back to the beer we went inside to drink.

  • Smoldering Holes from WarPigs Brewpub. This is an explosion of taste in your mouth – chocolate, espresso, licorice and roasted malts in a super smooth and surprisingly easy drinking imperial stout. This beers is one to enjoy slowly to let it develop more flavor as it slowly warms itself. Indeed a super tasty beer!

You’ll find Mikkeller Bar Stockholm here: Maps