Did you know that Danes highly value cosiness? Me neither, but they do, except they call it hygge because they have their own language. Did you know that Danes are also quite into their beer? I had an inkling there. What choice did I have but to visit a country that values both cosiness and beer, two of my favourite things.
I didn’t love Copenhagen that much. I’d heard that Danes were the happiest people on earth. If that’s the case, it’s not because their capital city is overly nice to look at it. I thought Copenhagen was a bit rough around the edges, especially the part in which we found the Mikkeller beer bar. If you’ve never heard of Mikkeller, let me fill you in. They are legendary craft brewers from Copenhagen who brew a lot of very different, some might say crazy, beers. If you ever come across them upon your travels or in your local speciality beer store, give them a try and you won’t regret it.
True to the Danish reputation, the Mikkeller beer bar in Copenhagen was definitely cosy. It was also very exciting to me, mostly because of the epic beer menu. I took a picture of it, but we lost our camera at an earlier destination on the trip, so you probably can’t make out all the beers in my fuzzy iPhone picture. There were twenty odd craft beers on tap, half of which were Mikkeller concoctions, the other half was comprised of outstanding examples from the States, Belgium, and England. I ordered a barley wine called Oatgoop, a collaboration brew between Mikkeller and Three Floyds in the US (legendary craft brewers in their own right). Rachel ordered a Mikkeller IPA that was listed as Texas Ranger, which my internet searchings tell me is supposed to be a porter. In any case, both were flavourful and delightful beers to drink. I would have spent a lot of time at this bar had I not already been a bit looped upon arrival. The bar is near the main train station, so definitely worth checking out if in Copenhagen.