Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was a maths and physics teacher in Copenhagen who, during his student days, got a taste for some of the more interesting beers that Europe and the States had to offer. This obsession resulted in the formation of a beer club where he and friends tasted and rated beers. He didn’t stop there though. He wanted to see if he could better them.
Teaming up with Kristian Klarup Keller, they embarked upon a series of home brewing experiments. Buoyed on by some early successes Mikkel and Keller moved beyond the confines of kitchen brewing and began using the equipment of other Danish microbreweries. When Mikkel’s twin brother Jeppe opened a bottle shop in 2005, this served as a distribution point for beer geeks from around the world.
Pretty soon, word was out about Mikkeller and in 2006 they signed a deal securing distribution in the United States. Whilst Keller left in 2007 to pursue a career in music journalism, Mikkel went from strength to strength as a gypsy brewer. In 2016 Mikkeller opened their first brewery in San Diego, and then a second, a little under a year later in New York.
Skip forward to 2019 and you can find Mikkeller beers across the world, including a number of their year round brews in Marks and Sparks here in blighty. Mikkeller bars have continued to appear across a number of major cities and, like their bottle labels, these remain unmistakably Mikkeller.
This week’s beer, Wood Will Fall Down, is a passion fruit Berliner Weisse with all the hallmarks of a classic German beer style done in true Mikkeller fashion. This traditionally cloudy, sour beer, has a boatload of passion fruit and tropical flavours up front with an unmistakable tart and tangy finish. As has been since the 16th century, this is most definitely a beer style for a long summer’s evening.
Mikkeller continues to command worldwide recognition, with breweries all over the world queueing up to pour at their now famous Mikkeller Beer Celebration and within their bars and taprooms. With no signs of slowing down, you can expect Mikkeller to be the poster boys of the global craft beer scene for some years to come.
You can find Mikkeller online here.