Mikeller is a brewery with an interesting story, it was founded in Copenhagen in 2006 by two friends, Mikkel Bjergsø and Klarup Keller. Both were home brewers who were keen to “challenge beer friends with intense new tastes“, being inspired by American breweries that “aren’t afraid to play and break all the rules“.
Klarup Keller left the company in 2007 to return to journalism.
Mikkel Bjergsø’s twin brother had opened a beer shop and was one of the first to distribute the pair’s offerings, and arrangement that continued until Mikkeller opened their own bar close to his brother’s shop in Copenhagen.
The brothers, so the story goes, fell out big time, with Jeppe Bjergsø moving to Brooklyn and founding his own brewery ‘Evil Twin Brewing’.
Mikkeller do not have significant brewing capability themselves, they have a small ‘pilot’ brewery in Copenhagen but are a ‘gypsy’ brewery, using the production facilities of contract breweries in Belgium, Norway, the UK and the USA.
Today’s brew hails from De Proefbrouwerij, near Ghent in Belgium.
That’s not to say that Mikkeller are not prolific, releasing over 120 different brews during 2013, and have collaborated with BrewDog, To Øl, Nøgne Ø, Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Jester King, Evil Twin, Three Floyds, Cigar City and AleSmith. They were reported , in early 2015, to have taken over the former Alesmith brewery in San Diego.
On to Peter, Pale and Mary named, I presume for the 1960’s folk trio ‘Peter, Paul & Mary’.
When your brewing hundreds of beers each year I guess it must be a challenge naming them.
It pours a dark apricot colour, with a full, foaming, off-white head that laces down the glass.
The nose is hoppy, pugnacious modern hops, reminiscent of Brewdog’s ‘Punk IPA‘ – which I happen to rate highly. There’s pine and citrus in there, with grapefruit and lemon.
The flavour is intensely, but not insanely, hoppy, not too bitter. The citrus hop attack is enjoyable and the final ‘back of the throat’ finish is satisfying, there’s just a little something missing in the mid-range. It’s still a mightily enjoyable brew, and a 4.6% it’s more of a ‘session IPA‘ than the aforementioned Brewdog ‘Punk IPA’.
I was fully prepared to give this four Brewclub Stars, until I spotted, on the label, that this, like Brewdog’s ‘Vagabond’, has been certified as Gluten Free.
And as is now a Brewclub tradition, that merits it another star in my book.