Our picks from MBCC 2019
17 May 2019, By Luke Kulchstein
Copenhagen is undoubtedly one of the worlds great beer cities, mainly thanks to the hard work or Mikkel Borg Bjergso, better known as the man behind Mikkeller.
On top of their host of great bars, restaurants, bottle shops and brewpubs in the city, Mikkeller also host the annual Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen. This festival brings together hundreds of the worlds best breweries under one roof to showcase their wares. It's a festival we try to hit every year to hang out with many of our friends and of course to make some new ones!
OMNIPOLLO - BRUNO RASPBERRY LME CRUSH, SOFT SERVE
Omnipollo are a huge force in modern brewing and their soft serve beers are understandable in huge demand at a beer festival. This pithy, tart & juicy fruited sour was an absolute delight on a hot afternoon, complete with a granita top. Yes please!
HIGHLAND PARK - TWICED JURA BLEND
Hailing from LA, Highland Park are by no means the biggest name on the bill, but this rustic saison blended with grapes from the Jura region in France was utterly superb. These guys are definitely one to keep an eye on.
LERVIG X OUD BEERSEL - SKOGEN
It's no secret that we bloody love Lervig, nor is it a secret that we are big lambic fans so seeing the 3rd collaboration between these two on the list was seriously exciting. A blend of farmhouse beer with added Norwegian spruce tips and 1 year lambic, this was a true standout.
SOUR CELLARS - DAMFINO
Arguably our beer of the festival as a whole, this golden sour ale is blended with fresh peaches and nectarines and just tasted like biting straight into fresh stone fruit. To be honest, we were very impressed with everything from these guys and it was pretty hard to pick one to feature.
COLLECTIVE ARTS - ORIGIN OF DARKNESS FORBIDDEN ROOT
This monster imperial stout had a few different iterations, but this version was the one for us. Aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and guajilo chillies and radish honey for a delicate blend of sweetness, spice and toasted oaky notes.
ANGRY CHAIR X PRAIRIE - THE ADJUNCT TRAIL
The kings of the pastry stout, Angry Chair have somehow made a host of balanced imperial stouts with everything you can think of in there. This one is brewed using hazelnuts, coffee and toasted coconut on a sweet stout base. Its utterly mad and very much the wrong beer for a Saturday morning, but we loved it!
CLOUDWATER - PEACH BELLINI SLUSHIE
A blend of a Brut IPA made with Champagne yeast and a peach kettle sour. The original idea for this came from another festival with Paul adding Champagne to a slushie machine full fo sour beer. A true festival beer story if ever we've heard one.
GAFFEL - KOLSCH
Yes, we have put a classic no-frills Kolsch on an MBCC top picks list, but this beautifully balanced German classic is the perfect beer to have as a pallet reset at a place like this. It helps that its one fo the very best beers of Koln too!
THE RARE BARREL - ACROSS THE SEA
One of the highest rated mixed-culture breweries in the states and you can really see why. This delicious golden sour was aged in oak barrels with coriander seeds and sea salt. The classic gose combination with a bit of uniquely Rare Barrel funk. Stunning!
SUPERSTITION MEADERY - DEVOUR THE SUN
OK, so we put a mead on a beer list, but seriously these guys are incredible. This bourbon barrel-aged mead was made using toasted coconut, macadamia nuts, vanilla pods and marshmallows. It's difficult to describe just hoe good this is. In fairness, we could have said the same about everything we tried from Superstition.