This event was superbly run by those involved, and no doubt the more civilised drinking culture that prevails in Denmark negated the need for me to step over vomit at any point during the weekend. The 100ml measures were ample for a great many of the beers on offer which seemed to effortlessly exceed 6 or 7% abv and would have done for the average Irish punter who would have opted for a pint and nothing less. The Danes are doing amazing things with beer and have fully embraced the American brewing culture with an endless supply of imperial stouts and IPAs and I feel somewhat sad that this kind of brewing is not really feasible in Ireland because of excessive excise levies and the attitude of the average Irish drinker and publicans. Beer and breweries of note for me included:
- Bryggeriet Djaevlbrg (The Brewery Devil's Brew) who brewed the wonderful Schopenhauer's Vilje, a wonderful example of the better balanced beer on offer with full malt and toffee along with wonderful hops. Their Nekron and Son of Nekron were a stout and porter that I could drink by the gallon and dearly wish they might turn up in Ireland and give a certain dark beer here a thorough hiding.
- Norrebro Bryghus had on offer a vast selection of beer which is all the more remarkable because according to The Beer Nut this brew pub runs a tiny set up that fits into a corner of their bar. Beers of note here include their New York Lager, not because it was an outstanding beer but more to do with the notion that a lager from New York has become a style of beer. What do the people at the BJCP think about that? Stevns CCC was an amazing guest beer available at their stall which was supposed to be a kriek of sorts but the cherries weren't too up front. Either way, it was delicious and was the beer I chose to finish up the weekend's events on.
- The boys at Mikeller were completely unknown to me, but you'd be hard pressed to forget these guys. Apart from their good beer which included a very tart red current lambic and an intense single hopped Simcoe IPA that could have done with a little toning down on the hop front, these lads were really enjoying themselves. Various wigs were donned and placards were carried around the festival floor along with a countdown timer for special beers they had on offer. One of these timed release beers was a blueberry lambic that I missed out on which was shame because I looked forward to trying a beer that reminded me of muffins.
- Not Danish but Norwegian were the Nogne O boys who sported a minimalist stall, but the same cannot be said for their beer. Dark Horizon Second Edition was a remarkable Imperial Stout packing 17.5% and resembling port more than beer. It had a funny way of disappearing up the back of your throat and out your nose which gave it very little length. Nogne O Porter was one of the few beers outside of the British Pavilion available on cask and beat all of the British porters available hands down. Tangerine Dream was an example of one of the better heavily hopped beer available, and curious to me because it did indeed smell and taste of oranges, but I wondered did the brewers smell the beer afterwards and name it or were they confident of producing such a beer from the outset?
There were a great many other beers during my time in Copenhagen and enjoyed pretty much all of them, even the asparagus beer from a brewery I cannot recall the name of. It stank to high heaven of the green shoot but really didn't taste bad at all.
If you love beer you must attend this event. No excuses.