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A mere 6 hours (!) after leaving Stockholm on the train and we rolled into Copenhagen central station. The options available in Copenhagen are huge – quite simply a mind boggling list of options to head to that cater to all of your alcohol needs! The plethora of craft beer spots – bottle shops, brewpubs, bars as well as the classic Copenhagen Bodegas (drinking dens) and a list of cool cocktail bars made our planning more difficult than anywhere we had been to date.
First stop was a no-brainer – the original Mikkeller Bar had been calling ever since we decided to include Copenhagen on this trip, so that is where we went. Saturday evening meant the place was absolutely packed, but with 20 taps on offer why wouldn’t it be? The beer was of course excellent, but with so many places to explore, we couldn’t stay for too long.
Off we went to the meat packing district -originally the part of the city where meat was processed & packed (no shit…), parts of the district were abandoned after the industry changed and the buildings began to be used for the illegal underground rave scene. Eventually the government decided to sell the spaces off so they could be used legally, and now there is a thriving and busy series of bars, restaurants and clubs all tightly packed together.
We were here for Warpigs – a collaborative enterprise between 3 Floyds Brewing co. in Indiana, USA and Mikkeller (in Copenhagen…) – this brewpub with 22 taps seemed impossible to be anything but awesome. Not only that but getting a sample of “You fucked me up & I’m furious” on draft was something we couldn’t pass up.
After Hviids Vinstue– the oldest bar in Copenhagen – we planned to head to Ruby – a cocktail bar/speakeasy that shares a front entrance with the Georgian embassy, but we got sidetracked on our way there and dropped into a bar called Lord Nelson.
This basement level bar doesn’t appear on many craft beer lists in CPH, so we found it by mistake but the list of 13 beers and 3 ciders were all exceptional! It’s the ultimate dive bar, things are falling apart, the pump clips are hand drawn but the service is second to none & it’s open till 5am on weekends. We have a HUGE soft spot for this place.
We went back 3 times in 4 days.
The guys at Lord Nelson also suggested a couple of other spots for us to hit on our trip around the city – Fermentoren, down by the meat packing district, and Ølbutikken & Kihosk an awesome bottle shop also close to the meat packers.
Fermentoren was splendid, with a great beer list as well – Mexican Cake from Westbrook on tap in CPH was particularly special, as well as the Rodenbach Caractere Rouge – usually only found in bottles, was excellent.
In CPH we were joined with it a good beery friend and member of the Hop Locker team – Chris (or as we know him, Frodo). We were excited to see him – but he just wanted to go Warpigs… nice eh?
We managed a bit of CPH touristing and did some exploring of Christiania – a ‘freetown’ in the centre of Copenhagen & hit up Papirøen for lunch – the street food market on the waterfront. Enough of that, time for beer.
We took Chris to Lord Nelson as it was our top spot so far – Paul was kind enough to open half an hour early for us beer keenos, and then we set off to Nørrebro district to track down some more top quality beers.
Round the corner from Il Locale, an Italian craft beer bar we’d ventured into, was Ølsnedkeren – more like it – a proper local beer hangout with some great quality own brewed beers on tap! Martin, the man in charge on the night, was very welcoming and talked us through the beers (i.e. he translated the Danish into our simple English heads) and then suggested another spot to head to – Ølbaren. The tagline is a ‘no nonsense bar for beer connoisseurs’ – sounded perfect, and it was.
Our last stop was Mikkeller & Friends a short walk away which proved difficult as we had an hour before closing and they had 40 taps of deliciousness to choose from! In the end we picked 6 brews between us – they were all fantastic!
It was safe to say we were a bit dribbly by this point.
There was only one option for us then… Back to the Lord Nelson and to have a few more cheeky drinks with Paul & Alex before we left.
Looking forward to returning to Copenhagen in 2018 for Mikkeller Beer Celebration to really top our CPH beer experience.