BHW and I have officially fallen in love with Copenhagen. Besides the culture, bikes, lovely people, and food... we have fallen in love with the drinks. Coffee and beer to be exact, and we were on a mission to find the best today. With the huge Mikkeller beer festival going on, I knew it wasn't going to be too hard to get our hands on some rare beers! Brewers and bars come from all over the world to experience this festival, and somehow we ended up here right in the middle of it all! I love it when a plan comes together, just kidding, this wasn't a plan at all, pure luck!
Our feet were done for, and after being in awe over the cyclists, we decided to rent our own for the day. BEST DECISION EVER. The cost was $18 for 24 hours and it was worth every single dollar. I was a little nervous about riding the streets of Copenhagen on a bike but it was the most blissful thing I've done on the trip so far! BHW was the navigator, per usual, and rented our bikes through Copenhagen Bikes with a discount from the Copenhagen Card (seriously the most awesome deal ever!) The first and last part of our ride was probably the most idyllic scene, riding up and down Nyhaven Harbor! It was straight from a movie! We rode about 15 minutes through the city, enjoying the rush hour traffic and cool morning breeze. Who can say they enjoy riding through rush hour traffic?! If you're on a bike, it's really amazing. I guess if you live in Copenhagen it probably gets annoying, but I loved being surrounded by so many bikes!
We grabbed a cup of coffee at the original Coffee Collective in Nørrebrø, which is a very hip part of town. The space is tiny and they have a roaster right in the room with you! They don't use it to roast very often, as their coffee roasting operation has grown. They are currently roasting at the location we visited on the first day, by our apartment! There were a few people sitting outside but the inside was fairly empty, so we had a chance to chat with the barista for a bit. He was the nicest and also the nerdiest barista. I love talking to people who have a similar, in this case greater, passion for coffee as I do! I ordered a cappuccino and BHW a cortado. We were then asked the sweetest question of the day, which espresso would you like? You know you're in a good shop when you can choose your espresso! The morning before we had their espresso #2 so today we chose #1! It was just as delicious as the previous day, but with lighter and brighter tasting notes! About halfway through our drinks, the barista brought us out an aeropress, just because! He said he was dialing in and wanted us to try it. UM, YES PLEASE. He was genuinely interested in our experience with the coffee and it just made my experience 10 times better! Sorry, had a little nerd moment right there blabbing about coffee!
We were trying to get to Carlsberg for a brewery tour at 11AM. We got there just in time, exactly at 11AM! Our Copenhagen Card (are you getting my point here?!) got us in for free, which included 2 beers. The tour that was included was a self guided tour, although we could pay to have a guided one. After all the brewery tours we have been on, we basically have the speeches memorized, so we didn't really need the guide! We walked around the brewery and learned a lot! Not really about the brewing process, as we knew that already, but more about the workers and their lives! Included in their pay was 4 pots of beer A DAY! The pots were like a half gallon!
After the brewery we headed straight for Mikkeller to have some of the most sought after beer in the world.. right from the lovely Hoosier state. Yes, we had to go all the way to Copenhagen to get beer from Indiana.. that's how sought after it is. We saw some bottles of Dark Lord, a beer you can only purchase one day of the year directly from the brewery in Munster, IN, for $100 on the shelf at a specialty beer store in Copenhagen. The beer is from a brewery called Three Floyds, we have visited (of course), and were so excited to see all their beers on tap in another country! We pulled up on our bikes and every table was full and there was a line to get in. We didn't care on bit, we were here with people who loved good beer, the wait was worth it. BHW's love for craft beer runs as deep as mine with coffee, so far, we were totally in our element. When we got to the bar we ordered 3 beers; one Dark Lord, a Zombie Dust, and a sour, all from Three Floyds. It cost us almost $50.. and the glasses were small! This stuff is seriously liquid gold! We stood outside with our beers and BHW got out his beer notebook, and for once, he wasn't the only one taking notes! There were tons of guys with their notebooks or phones out taking notes about the beers! It was actually really cool to see them all hard at work sniffing, swirling, tasting, but mostly just smiling ear to ear about being at such an exclusive event!
One last beer stop of the day, at least we thought at the time, was to Warpigs in the meat packing district. Warpigs is a bar owned by Mikkeller and also Three Floyds, the people putting on the event we just went to earlier! The same type of people were at warpigs, beer nerds everywhere! Aside from amazing beer, they also serve Texas style BBQ. We grabbed some wings and pickles as a little snack, the wings were amazing! They were so smoky.. and the house made blue cheese was delicious (and I hate blue cheese)! After all that beer it was time for more coffee. We rode our bikes to a nearby shop that was suggested to us by the nice barista from the morning! Prolog is a super tiny experimental coffee shop that serves great coffee and you can also roast your own marshmallows for a treat! At some point, you can no longer consume and more liquids in a day, and we were completely at that point. We rode our bikes to the apartment and relaxed for a bit before heading back our for dinner in Nørrebrø.
The evening ended with pizza and one.last.beer. A tiny glass that we shared at the Mikkeller & Friends bar right next door to Stefanos Pizza! We got home late but packed up our things to get ready for a busy day of traveling the next day! We love you Copenhagen!