When he set up Mikkeller in 2006, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was a maths and physics teacher who had started experimenting with hops, malt and yeast in his kitchen in Copenhagen. Now, Mikkeller are one of the most recognisable names in the world of independent brewing, with bars across the world and breweries in New York and San Diego.
Starting out as a gypsy brewer, Mikkel was unconstrained by the complexities attached to running a bricks-and-mortar operation and quickly became lauded for his unique approach to recipe creation, challenging traditional attitudes towards styles and ingredients.
There's barely a style Mikkeller haven't attempted at some point, but the brewery is now perhaps best known for its Spontan series of barrel-aged, spontaneously-fermented beers, and rich, powerful dark beers.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Stedsegrøn, 3.5% Session IPA (vg)
Spontan Double Lingonberry, 6% Sour Ale brewed with lingonberries and aged in oak barrels (vg)
Ahh BA White Wine, 6.8% Belgian Ale aged in white wine barrels (vg)
Spontanpearbanana, 7.7% Sour Ale brewed with pear and banana and aged in oak barrels (vg)
Spontanhexadrupelraspberry, 8.9% Sour Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in oak barrels (vg)
Nelson Sauvignon Dry Hopped 2018, 9% dry-hopped Belgian Wild Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels
Spontanpentadrupelblueberry, 9.6% Sour Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in oak barrels (vg)
Beer Geek Fudgesicle, 12% Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with cocoa, vanilla and lactose
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon (2016), 13% Imperial Oatmeal Stout with coffee, vanilla and lactose aged in bourbon barrels
* (vg) = vegan