Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival

Skuespiller Cecilie Lassen er klar til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival
Skuespiller Cecilie Lassen er klar til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival

Om et øjeblik begynder den nye Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival. Jeg havde ikke lige fantasi til et skrive et indlæg om sagen, men festivalens presseafdeling hjalp mig heldigvis på vej og sendte mig nedenstående otte gode grunde til at besøge festivalen.

1. Nordic Beer Challenge viser vej til øllets mestre

En rigtig god vejviser til Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival bliver Nordic Beer Challenge, der på festivalens første dag uddeler medaljer til de allerbedste øl. Så hvis du er i tvivl om, hvor du starter og slutter dit besøg, skal du dukke op ved scenen torsdag kl. 16, hvor medaljer hænges om halsen på de bedste af de bedste. Mange af medaljemodtagerne vil være til stede på Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival, så efter prisuddelingen vil du være godt rustet til at få det bedste ud af dit besøg.

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Ølkælderen at Bryggeriet Flakhaven – New Bar in Odense

Anders Coisbo celebrating his birthday behind the bar at Ølkælderen
Anders Coisbo celebrating his birthday behind the bar at Ølkælderen

Ølkælderen at Bryggeri Flakhaven, opens here in Odense today. With 25 beers on tap, it’s instantly the biggest selection in town, focusing on local beer in particular. Bryggeriet Flakhaven has existed in a long time, as a pretty boring standard brewpub. Earlier this year, it was bought by a group of people including Anders Coisbo, the man behind Coisbo Beer. While Coisbo is a gypsy brewery, Anders started out as a home brewer, and told me that he’s happy to get back at actual brewing.

Upstairs at Flakhaven there is a very nice restaurant, serving the house beer. In the basement, Ølkælderen (The Beer Cellar) will sell the house beers, more beers from Coisbo and the sub-brand Undercover, as well as beers from other local breweries and from around the world.  Continue reading Ølkælderen at Bryggeriet Flakhaven – New Bar in Odense

Jacobsen Export 1874 – Historical Carlsberg Beer

The original Export Lager around 1874 was brewed at Carlsberg, but bottled at independent export bottlers Alliance
The original Export Lager around 1874 was brewed at Carlsberg, but bottled at independent export bottlers Alliance

Jacobsen Export 1874 is a brand new beer, meticulously reconstructed from an old recipe in the archives of the Carlsberg Brewery. It’s brewed by Carlsberg’s craft brewery, Jacobsen Brewhouse, to honour the Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen who enjoyed Carlsberg Export Lager in in his day. I was invited to a presentation of the beer for lunch on Wednesday, at the Hans Christian Andersen museum café, Café Fyrtøjet.

Here in Odense we have the annual H.C. Andersen Festivals, a week with 500 cultural events happening in Odense. Carlsberg is a sponsor of this, and therefore the festival asked them if the could brew a special historical beer. The first step to make this happen would be to find a tie between Hans Christian Andersen and Carlsberg. Continue reading Jacobsen Export 1874 – Historical Carlsberg Beer

Lagunitas Brewing visited Denmark

Six great beers from Lagunitas lined up for tasting
Six great beers from Lagunitas lined up for tasting

A month ago Lagunitas Brewing Company visited Denmark on a promotion tour. They also visited Odense, and at the local pub Christian Firtal, I got to talk with a couple of the representatives, Chris and Mark. The blog has been terribly quiet for a long time, but I have a few things lined up in the coming month, and so it was time to get started writing again. Please excuse the long break!

Lagunitas beers were first sold in Denmark in 2007 and a couple of years after that. Back then, they were more or less in the first wave of American craft beer hitting Denmark, and I wasn’t too impressed. My memory is of quite sweet, malty beers, easy accessible hoppy beers. Probably because it wasn’t fresh back then.

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Cantillon Tap Room – Impressions from Brussels

Visiting the Cantillon tap roomAt the old traditional lambic brewery Cantillon, the tap room has really become an international attraction. Just a few years ago Cantillon was a dusty old museum that served a couple of beers at the end of the tour. But now, the Cantillon tap room is a vibrant place where beer geeks from around the world come to taste and share some amazing beers, including a lot of rarities.

When visiting Brussels a few weeks ago, we stayed in a hostel in the Western part of the city. This is far from the institutions of the European Union. It’s a cheap place to live and it looks cheap and poor. But our hostel was right between the Moeder Lambic beer bar, and the Cantillon brewery, which was perfect.

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3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera geuze in a proper lambic basketAnother snapshot from Brussels. Visiting one of the sacred places of lambic beer. And drinking the amazing sherry cask aged geuze 3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera. A big advantage of being in Brussels by car was that we could spend Saturday morning driving out to Beersel, visiting 3 Fonteinen and Oud Beersel and then returning to the city after a great lunch at 3 Fonteinen Restaurant.

The highlight of the whole trip was the beer for our lunch. The rare and sought after 3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera was worth the hype and the 50 Euros. A great experience. The lambic has been matured for a year on old Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, and then blended into a fine geuze.  Continue reading 3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera

Running list – Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival

Glass and post cards. Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival 2016As I write this, the biggest annual beer event here in Odense is just opening. To pace myself, I wait a few hours to join. The beer list was only published yesterday after I had written a blog about the event, so here is a supplement with the running list along with a few recommendations.

The beers will all be changed every morning and every evening at 6pm. The cask ales will be a little more stable, simply because Thornbridge Jaipur and the golden ales from Crouch Vale are ridiculously popular. In a seperate tent, put up to double capacity, the programme is also more stable, with seven taps being the same all weekend, and five more used for leftovers from the main bar. Continue reading Running list – Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival

Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival 2016

Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival. Lovely pint of golden aleSince its more humble beginning as the pub’s ten years anniversary celebration, Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival has become an institution on the local beer scene in Odense. It’s a celebration of hoppy beer, and more than 100 different beers will be on tap during this weekend. Lots of Danish beers but also hoppy beers from around the world.

It all begins tomorrow, Thursday 5 May at noon, and until Saturday night, beers will rotate twice a day. Every day at opening, and again at 6pm, all the beers will change, meaning that 40 different beers will be served each day. It’s Ascension Day tomorrow, and it’s a public holiday in Denmark, meaning that every year, there is a sunny weekend in May where Danes have Thursday off, and often also Friday. All in all, the perfect time for the three day Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival. Continue reading Christian Firtal Pale Ale Festival 2016

Brasserie De La Senne – Impressions from Brussels

De La Senne Taras BoulbaI was in Brussels this weekend, and I think I’m going to write a few little “postcards” from important places in Brussels. Our trip had two main purposes: To visit Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen, and to drink a lot of fresh and delicious De La Senne beer. We succeeded.

While much Belgian beer is sweet and strong, De La Senne have almost found their own niche with low alcohol, golden hoppy ales. There are a few other breweries who are brewing some nice hoppy pale ales, and saison is making a come back, but De La Senne have perfected this kind of beer. Continue reading Brasserie De La Senne – Impressions from Brussels

Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target

Thisted Bryghus Goldings and TargetThisted Bryghus is an old Danish brewery with a long tradition. It has survived as independent while most breweries in Denmark were bought and closed by Carlsberg and a couple of other big players. They have a fantastic core range of beers, including Denmark’s first organic beer and the world famous Limfjordsporter. And then they make a lot of other beers.

Last year they started an Anglo-American range with three American styles that I reviewed in Danish back then. This year they have presented three English styles. Here is a review of two of them, a pale ale hopped with Goldings and a brown ale hopped with Target. The third beer is Pilgrim, an oatmeal stout hopped with Pilgrim, no wait, with First Gold hops. Continue reading Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target