Just a few friends we are hanging out with tonight. We will start with Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella Lambic (aged in oak casks for three years) then proceed with Cascade Brewing The Vine (NW style sour ale aged in oak barrels with grapes). Later we will move onto Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches (Belgian style ale brewed with peach and aged in oak barrels), and shift gears a bit with Central City limited edition collaboration ale with Flying Monkeys Red on Red (brand-new Mosaic hopped Imperial double red ale). For the goodnight beer, Scheldebrouwerij The Perfect Crime Hollow Point (10% quadrupel). That is the plan with stops, songs and session beers in between!
Just a few beer friends we made abroad and brought back home in our luggage including original artwork by Keith Shore, the artist for Mikkeller. Happy travels! We look forward to reliving the trip with these tasty delights:
Cantillon: St. Lambvinus (merlot and Cab-franc grapes soaked in Bordeaux barrels with 2-3 yr old lambic) and Iris (made with pale ale malts using dry & fresh hops and cold hopping technique).
3 Fonteinen: Oude Kriek and Oude Geuze Golden Blend (25% 4 yr old lambic combined with 1, 2, and 3 yr old lambic).
Brasserie Lefebvre: Hopus Primeur.
Amager Bryghus: Gluttony (Imperial IPA) and Envy (IPA) from the Sinner Series.
Mikkeller: Spontan Cherry Frederiksdal (oak aged sour made with cherry wine), SpontanKriek, Sally’s Field (Belgian Blonde aged in Chardonnay barrels), I Beat U (Imperial IPA), Funky e star, Drink’in the Sun (only 1.4%!), Belgian Tripel, P1 (pilsner), Kihoshk IPA and Doszt? (purchased at Kihoshk and specifically brewed and labelled for this amazing little corner store).
Brasserie de la Senne: Taras Boulba Extra Hoppy Ale (a favourite while in Brussels - Smeirlap!), Schieven IPA (collaboration with Pizza Port and Lost Abbey), and Brussels Calling (Belgian bitter).
To Øl: Sort Maelk (Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout) and Final Frontier Double IPA. Sadly, To Øl’s Fuck Art Series which we enjoyed at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration (CBC) was released in bottles just yesterday. *sigh*
Mountain Goat: From Australia, this IPA was also one we sampled at CBC.
De Struise Brouwers in collaboration with Three Floyds: Shark Pants (Belgian style Double IPA. Perhaps not surprising, but this beer’s name captured our imagination and was a hit back in the hotel room).
De Hopduvel: Blondine IPA.
While in Copenhagen we picked up our supplies at the bottle shop at Mikkeller & Friends in Nørrebro and at Kihoskh in Vesterbro. At Mikkeller & Friends, the artwork by Keith Shore was part of an exhibition of the artist’s Mikkeller label paintings which was on while we were there. It was great to get to meet the artist, and learn that it is official that this work will grace Mikkeller’s Mosaic Imperial IPA, yay!
One day in Antwerp is not enough! But it was just enough time to visit a couple of museums, a cathedral, and the Kulminator, one of the coziest beer bars we’ve ever been to. Kulminator is known for their deep list of cellared and vintage Belgian beers, but they also had several interesting beers on tap. We tried the local Seef by Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie, Avec les Bons Voeux from de la Brasserie Dupont, Quercus quadrupel from La Trappe, Hof ten Dormaal, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, and Bush de Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson. Along with a very lovely Suede Vieux Bruxelles 48+ cheese, some chorizo and pistachios, and the company of several bar cats (who acted coy, but posed for our photos) it made for a very relaxing end to a day of discovering this new city.
We are in beer heaven at Mikkeller & Friends. Call us beer geeks (everyone is called that here) but there is something otherworldly about the Belgian Boon Mikkeller Bar Calva Lambic made in Calvados casks and Mikkeller’s American Dream, a lovely floral hoppy lager. The excellent beer list aside, the interior design at Mikkeller & Friends is beautiful and we are thinking of painting our bedrooms Mikkeller blue.
@Mikkellerbeer bar and Friends is a funhouse for beer geeks. It’s a place where children play with coasters, friends try the latest hardcore collaborations, and where visitors like us attack the menu like the beers won’t be there in a few minutes and like we won’t be here for very long! (Both which are true.) Last night many gathered there on the eve of the Copenhagen Beer Celebration to sample the special beer on offer for the occasion. With 40 taps to choose from and a generous range of sours and lambics, we made a good dent and warmed up our palettes for CBC. There’s no time for detailed notes at the moment as we rush out the door for the start of the first session.