Copenhagen still Wonderful

I am pretty sure that quote is from Series 2 of Star Trek. It stands outside the memorable Bootleggers bar that had the best beer I have ever had in Copenhagen. And that’s quite a claim.

Very Danish

Our group of seven tried the majority of these beers. My favourite was Christian Bale Ale, a deliciously crisp 4.6% pale ale. The Alefarm Over the Hills, a 5% American Pale Ale, was also outstanding.

It’s in Norreport, a trendy part of town and check those prices. It’s an expensive country and the devaluation of the pound continues apace but even so my round cost £66. Let that sink in. I still haven’t. On the other hand the best seats for FC Copenhagen’s Champions League qualifier with the New Saints cost a relatively modest £15.

Norreport is so hip when we ordered coffee we were asked what bean we wanted. They even served expresso and tonic which is now a thing.

Sans Tonic

It’s impossible not to enjoy a trip to Copenhagen.

Especially the famous breakfast at Cafe Norden.

We only went to one other pub, Skaal, an old fashioned spelling of the word used for cheers.

Overlooking an appealing square, it really goes to town with 48 taps. The board displays how much is left in each keg.

We behaved like beer tourists.

We gave the Jailhouse Bar a miss though.

The guy at Bootleggers said Skaal was owned by a big company and it had that feel but was a worthwhile visit.

This was a break that started with a Brewdog at Edinburgh Airport.

It’s EasyJet- Praying not Necessary

And finished with a Mikkeller at Copenhagen Airport.

In between we were near Kalundborg, a small port that is home of a five spired cathedral.

The town now has Asgers, a bar with a couple of decent beers from Anarchist, brewed across the bridge in Odense.

Not a bad way to spend a few days.

20 thoughts on “Copenhagen still Wonderful

  1. I shan’t forgive, I mean forget, you texting me about that cloud berry beer in BRUS that cost £30 a pint, but I can’t deny the quality of the beer. Some of it rivals Archers.

    I must have that breakfast. Now. For tea.

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  2. A delightful read, and wonderful photos– thanks for the time and care you put into this. I have happy memories of my one and only visit to Denmark, way back in the fall of 1985. At that time I loved the taste of Tuborg; wonder what I’d think of it now.

    Would love to visit Copenhagen again someday, though the prices you mentioned do give me pause!

    That idea of the beer board showing how much is left in each keg is a nice one; any sense of whether it’s a widespread thing in Denmark?

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    1. Thanks Mark. Think you will find quite a few changes in the intervening 34 years, not least the boom in breweries, like so many places. I had never seen that keg level indicator and suspect it is primarily a gimmick as beer served in that way should stay fresh for a while. Would be interesting to see it for cask beer here as the main problem with quality is turnover.

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      1. I’ve seen that used online for American supermarket draught beer ranges. Useful there for picking up growlers.
        Would it really tell you much about cask quality? How much is in it doesn’t tell you how long it’s been on.

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    2. My first time in Copenhagen coincided with a Denmark home qualifying match against Malta or somebody similar; the bar I was in at the time was offering a free bottle of Tuborg for every goal the home team scored. It ended up 5-0, with much displeasure when a last minute penalty was missed…

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  3. “I am pretty sure that quote is from Series 2 of Star Trek. ”

    Good Lord man. That’s from the second Star Wars film. Though how Kirk managed to get credit for the quote I’ll never know. 🙂

    “And that’s quite a claim.”

    Blimey!

    “Our group of seven tried the majority of these beers. ”

    Majority? That’s not even three each. 😉

    “but even so my round cost £66.”

    Even over here in Canada a round for 7 people (including taxes and tip) would be a good 40% less.

    “Norreport is so hip when we ordered coffee we were asked what bean we wanted. ”

    Blimey!

    “Especially the famous breakfast at Cafe Norden.”

    That looks like it’s left over from yesterday’s lunch. 🙂

    “an old fashioned spelling of the word for cheers.”

    Which is named for their word for ‘skull’; back when the bloody Vikings would drink out of the skulls of those they vanquished. 🙂

    “The board displays how much is left in each keg.”

    Ok, that’s pretty cool.

    “We behaved like beer tourists.”

    As would I trying 48 taps!

    “We gave the Jailhouse Bar a miss though.”

    But if you’d gone through all 48 on tap the jail might have been mandatory.

    “It’s EasyJet- Praying not Necessary”

    (slow golf clap) – but love the sigh though. 🙂

    “Not a bad way to spend a few days.”

    After the month I’ve had; I agree!

    Cheers

    PS – “Interesting” month here. For now I’ll just say; try not to marry someone from a large family. 😉

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      1. Thanks Duncan. Things are ok with us; it’s my wife’s (very) large family that’s having problems. But it spills over to us. 😉

        Oh, forgot to mention; I didn’t have anything ‘interesting’ happen to me in Copenhagen during my 11 month backpacking trip back in the early 80’s. Apart from buying a ticket in a bar from an American draft dodger for the Pink Floyd Wall tour in Dortmund the following month. 🙂

        Cheers

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