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MBCC 2024

Started by Jay, May 07, 2024, 03:57:02 PM

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Jay

Hi everybody

It's almost Mikkeller time folks, MBCC kicks off this weekend  :culsec:

This and the Bruges Beer Festival are undoubtedly our two beery highlights of the year (both equally No1, we love them both that much) and we fly out early Thursday from Manchester for 4 days of beer, bars and partying

As usual we'll be attending the final green session which is on Saturday from 4-8pm and great news the after show party is returning so from 8pm it's time to boogie with the brewers  :D

We'll be in town for 4 days so we have another trip to Sweden planned, this time heading further to the town of Lund but we shall see how things play out.

We have booked a Mikkeller boat cruise on the Sunday, a 2 hour boat trip around Copenhagen on which we'll sample Mikkeller beers and also beers from Stepping Stone brewery along with a discussion with the head brewer.

Pics and an in-depth post when we return

Cheers
Jay 🇩🇰

John B

Enjoy Jay and Linda! Looking forward to your report    t_u

Cheers! - John

Trappist

Hi Jay & Linda,
Enjoy your trip to the MBCC.
looking forward to the pix. They sure will be very enjoyable as usual  t_u  t_u
Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

Hi everybody

Back a couple of days now from this years MBCC and to say this is our best trip yet is an understatement

We had an amazing 4 days in Copenhagen (and Sweden) sampling some mind blowing beers at some fantastic bars shared with some genuinely nice people

A report will follow

Cheers
Jay  t_u

Trappist

Hi Jay,
Good to read that you are both safe back home.  t_u
Looking forward to the report Jay  t_u
I'm sure the pictures will be worth watching again.
thanks for sharing !!!
Cheers,
Filip

"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Jay

Hi everyone...MBCC report time

Boarded the plane for our 7:30am flight to Copenhagen and shortly after 10am we were walking along the corridor at CPH airport that's lined with blue smiley faces, this instantly screams Denmark to us.




After quickly negotiating passport control and retrieving our luggage we made our way downstairs as this year we decided to catch the train into the centre of Copenhagen, much more affordable than the taxi we usually take and equally as fast with them leaving every 15 minutes and the journey taking just 10 minutes plus the train station in town is just 2 minutes from our hotel...why we haven't done this before but we will from now on.




Checking in for our hotel (the Absalon) wasn't until 2pm so we put our bags into storage and headed out and to our first bar - Warpigs.

There are just a small handful of bars across Europe that despite the countless number of times you visit you still get butterflies in your stomach as you approach them (Beertje will always be my No1) but also bars like De Garre, Helleketel and Basqueland and also Warpigs.

As we walk through the meat packaging area I can feel the excitement building and with the time approaching midday the bar and outside seating area was packed but we managed to find an empty spot, sit down and relax.
First beers ordered in the form of a couple of 6% DIPAs and talk about hitting the spot, as fresh as ever and full of biting sweet hops.




It turns out there's another reason why Warpigs was so busy, we were 30 minutes away from a 3 Sons bottle release - might as well stay for another beer then.

A week or so earlier Warpigs had posted that 2 special barrel aged beers were being released in time for MBCC...

Silent Ritual - 12.8% Imperial Stout aged for 30 months in Bourbon Barrels

Vanilla Gorilla - 13% Imperial Baltic Porter aged 36 months in Danish Rye Whiskey Barrels

Both we available in bottles and from tap, Silent Ritual was my next beer, this is what I love about this style of beer...a thick rich heavy stout left in a barrel for many months - beer, barrel, time.

This was such an amazing beer and despite being in Warpigs less than an hour I bought my first bottle




With the time approaching 12 a table loaded with bottles and cans already had a queue of around 30 people eager for the 3 Sons release but we decided to wait and have a couple of lower ABV IPAs before buying






So with the line all gone (along with our beers) I went and bought a 3 Sons DIPA, another Silent Ritual and a couple of Vanilla Gorilla, quite the haul for just over an hour.

Back to our hotel to check in properly and unpack then it was back to the meat packing area to ÅBEN (another one of THOSE special bars) we love this place so had to pay it a visit, to sit in the covered outdoor bar area with a DIPA and NEIPA was just magical.






So after beers bought to bring home we headed out of the meat packing area but on our way stopped by an innocent looking bar come cafe come sandwich shop. A totally unassuming looking place and one we've walked past loads of times - Kødbyens Høker

This small cafe is nothing more than a serving hatch and small outdoor seating area but it was packed, so noticing a sign for beer we grabbed a table.
Just 2 beers were available and both from Danish brewery Herslev Bryghus, yet despite the minuscule beers available and indeed minuscule setup we thoroughly enjoyed our time there - the relaxed atmosphere, the laid back approach (you go to the serving hatch to order you beer)and the friendly locals all made for a memorable half hour, this is a place we simply walk past again.






Continuing our exit we headed to the Mikkeller Bar Viktoriagade to see if we could pick up our wristbands (sadly they were out) never mind there's always time for a Wheatbeer before deciding to head back to our hotel in the direction of Dia Legd just across the street for one final DIPA before retiring for the day...tomorrow we go on our travels.








Cheers
Jay  t_u



Jay

Day 2

Today we take a trip to Sweden and so after catching the wrong train  :D  we set off a second time from Copenhagen Central Station and headed past Malmö and onwards to Lund - a picturesque city at the Southern tip of Sweden with ancient cobblestone streets lined with half timbered buildings




Exiting the train station and after a gentle stroll past well maintained public gardens we arrived at our first port of call Lundabryggeriets Ölkällare, a basement restaurant and bar so let's pop in for a drink




Madame Fläder and Starke Nels, a couple of IPAs both from the Lund brewery and both delicious




Beers consumed we had a stroll around the beautiful old town, stopping off to buy the most delicious Danish (or should that be Swedish) pastries and paying a visit to the local Systembolaget to buy some local beers - the only place (except bars and restaurants) where you can buy alcohol over 3% ABV

People have a presumption that beer in Sweden is going to be expensive and that may well be true in some circumstances but not at these licensed stores - 7 beers ranging from 8-12% ABV cost just over £20






Time for something to eat and so Inferno bar was the choice, a bar located in a beautiful red brick and black timbered building.






To our surprise despite being in Sweden they served Bulgarian cuisine (new to us) so Bulgarian it is but a beer first and one from Gotland Bryggeri (not a brewery you see here in the UK) in the form of a crisp, bitter, biscuity IPA with food in the form of some delicious sounding burgers but we opted for the Bulgarian and they were named after the dish they were served in - Tile and Gondola...Pork stew in white wine and Summer Savoury also Beef in red wine with salami and Vasterbotten cheese and both delicious










Bellies filled it was time to catch the train back to Copenhagen but decided to stop off on route with a quick visit to Malmö to visit Hyllie Bryggeri for a beer (or two)
We visited this brewery last year and enjoyed it so much another visit this year was a must. Beers shared were an IPA, DIPA, a roasty Porter and crisp lager














After buying a T-shirt (sadly no beer, we are in Sweden) it was back to the train station with the most amazing Espresso from the St Jakobs stall






Back in Copenhagen it was unpacking then out for the evening at the Mikkeller Bar, Fermentoren and Warpigs...what a day it had been








Cheers
Jay  t_u