Hope all our friends celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday with a good craft brew. That’s how she used to do it! Special thanks to Zoë for sourcing this rare historical photograph.
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.
Trappist Westvleteren: 12.
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.
In Brussels, we bought beer at De Biertempel and Beer Planet, which were both conveniently located around the corner from where we stayed in the Lower Town.
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!
Beer and puppets at Toone - nothing brings us more joy!
Beer and contemporary art @WIELS_brussels - nothing brings us more joy!
We want to live at Mikkeller & Friends.