Mikkeller was established back in 2005ish by two avid homebrewers in Denmark, Mikkel Bjergsø and Kristian Keller. They began with clone recipes followed by some experimentation. These experimentations resulted in a few rewards. In 2006 they decided to step their game up and become professional brewers. Starting out as a gypsy brewery, renting out brewing space in other breweries and traveling around doing it. Eventually, they came to a point where they needed to decide on whether they wanted to continue to grow or stay small. Bjergsø wanted to continue to grow, but Keller did not, and in 2007 Keller left the brewery.
Today, Mikkeller has their beer in 40 different countries and has brewed over 800 different beers. In 2010 Bjergsø’s twin brother left the company and founded Evil Twin Brewing, also a gypsy brewery, and their relationship both as brothers and breweries has been strained ever since. Since then, Mikkeller began, they have opened a bottle shop in Denmark, a restaurant, a brewery in San Diego, and last year a brewery/restaurant in New York They have been making great beer since the beginning and now that their back in Minnesota, you can try them for yourself, regardless of which side of the family dispute you fall on!
And Now, the Brews
|Mikkeller | Windy Hill | New England Style IPA|
|Mikkeller is among the NEIPA elite and Windy Hill is the perfect example as to why. With the look of pineapple juice, extreme turbidness, and several yeast particles suspended throughout (pro-tip: roll the can a few times before you open it to help dissolve some of the yeast), it’s one of the prettiest images I have ever beheld. Aromas of pineapple leak from the glass followed by mild pine, citrus, and a touch of vanilla give way to juicy flavors of citrus, mango, papaya, a touch malt followed by a nice herbal bitter finish. An exceptional, well-balanced beer that still has some great complexity hidden throughout. An ideal option for anyone looking to dip their toes into NEIPAs.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 7% ABV | 70 IBUs|
|Mikkeller | Raspberry Blush | Berliner Weisse with Raspberries & Coffee|
|Coffee and raspberries may not be the first combination of flavors that you would think of, but when it was released as a one-off, a few months later it took a permanent place in their year-round lineup. It must have been pretty good, and I can now tell you from experience, it’s fricken delicious! I know I said this above, but apparently, I lied, it’s one of the prettiest images I have ever beheld. Smells of fresh raspberries along with some other berries mixed in, a few tart characteristics, ground coffee, and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, the earthiness of the coffee and the mild tartness of fresh raspberries combine in a beautifully balanced beer with a lingering tart berry finish. A thirst-quenching beer perfect with your morning coffee, or midday cappuccino pick-me-up, or after dinner espresso. It’s also good on its own. You can drink it by itself. Or with cake, yeah drink it with some chocolate cake.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 4% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Mikkeller | Staff Magician | Hazy Pale Ale|
|I know I said this above, but Staff Magician is it’s one of the prettiest images I have… Just kidding, it’s not the prettiest, but it’s also not the ugliest, you know, it looks good, okay? Where it’s appearance may lack, the smell makes up for it with lemon peel, lemongrass, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and a tinge of peach, a fantastic bouquet. The taste is sweet with citrus, stone fruit, and melon. These fruits are followed up with a bit of pepper and a nice bitterness at the end. A killer beer that’s easy to drink and with an ABV that won’t knock you under the table if you indulge a bit!|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 5.5% ABV | N/A IBUs|