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Copenhagen: Capital of craft beer

Craft beer is the coolest beverage these years, and there is no better place to discover the variety and quality of craft beer than in Copenhagen. 

Copenhagen has long been brewing some of the best beer in the world and is home to a plethora of world-renowned breweries such as Mikkeller and Carlsberg. However, the Danish capital is much more than the birthplace of big beer brands. In fact, the numerous craft beer bars, breweries, and beers in Copenhagen are all a testimony to Copenhagen’s position as a capital of craft beer. Here, you can not only familiarise yourself with Danish style beers, but also let your taste buds get acquainted with flavours from around the world, brewed in Copenhagen of course. 

Copenhagen’s beer lovers were the first in Europe to embrace the beer revolution and the city has gradually developed into the perhaps most interesting beer destination in Europe with an open-minded and quality-based attitude towards the fine art of brewing beer. 

In depth article

Discover what makes Copenhagen THE place to go for craft beer enthusiasts, and how the city has developed into the perhaps most interesting beer destination in Europe. 

Facts about Danish beer

Number of breweries:  

206 

Production (L/year): 

604.000.000 

Number of jobs in the beer industry:  

5.600 

Consumption per capital (L/Year): 

62 

 

The five biggest breweries:  

  • Carlsberg 

  • Royal Unibrew 

  • Harboe 

  • Vestfyen Bryggeri 

  • Thisted Bryghus 

First movers in the beer revolution 

  • Amager Bryghus 

  • Mikkeller 

  • Herslev Bryghus 

  • Nørrebro Bryghus 

  • Skands 

  • Svaneke Bryghus 

  • Ørbæk Bryggeri 

  • Indslev Bryggeri 

  • Wintercoat 

  • Bøgedal Bryghus 

  • Søgaards Bryghus 

  • Skagen Bryghus 

Press photos 

Find a selection of beer related press photos here. The photographers must be credited. 

Beer culture in Greater Copenhagen 

Copenhagen Beer Week 
Danish breweries gather in Copenhagen for a week and celebrate the diversity and quality of Danish beer. Lots of events, tastings, and fun. Each year in May.  

Mikkeller Running Club 
The brainchild of the beer designer and somehow guru Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the man behind Mikkeller - and a former Danish champion in running. The first running club, combining running with beer drinking, was formed in Copenhagen in 2014. Now the Mikkeller Running Club is a world wide phenomena with chapters in numerous cities around the world.  

Mikkeller Cycling Club 
Almost as successful and impressive as the Mikkeller Running Club. Formed in Copenhagen in 2019 and already with chapters around the world.  

Waffles at 1420 
A small, charming, and unconventional event at a craft beer bar specializing in sour beers: Waffles. Classic-style Belgian waffles with whipped cream and a cup of coffee. The owner of the bar 1420 is Belgian.  

MBCC 
Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen is perhaps the most attractive craft beer festival in the world. Each year in May the Øksnehallen venue is filled with thousands of beer lovers from all over the world. The event has aura of a rock star. The tickets are sold out at record speed.  

Pub quiz 
Ølbaren, Elmegade 2, is well known for the pub quiz on Mondays, but other craft beer bars also offer Mondays with quizzes, i.e. Søernes Ølbar and Ørsted Ølbar 

Cantillon Blåbær Lambik 
Once a year, beer lovers from around the world besiege the craft beer temple Himmeriget, Åboulevard 27. In September the iconic Cantillon Blåbær Lambik is released in only 300 bottles. The beer lovers sleep outside the bar for days to be sure to get hold of one of these prestigious bottles of wild fermented ale with blueberries from the Cantillon brewery in Brussels. 

The Day of The Beer 
Every first Saturday in September is dedicated to beer. It’s Øllets Dag, The Day of The Beer. The day, which is instituted by the consumer organization Danske Ølentusiaster, The Danish Beer Enthusiasts, offers several events at bars, restaurants, etc.  

Beer yoga
Beer and yoga. Why not?! Open to anybody. Every second Saturday at Nørrebro Bryghus, Ryesgade 3.  

Beer choir 
Singing and beer drinking. Not an unfamiliar combination. The choir at the brewery is singing classic Danish songs from the 80’s and 90’s. You are free to come and raise your voice – and glass. Every Thursday at Nørrebro Bryghus, Ryesgade 3.  

ØJ-Dag 
In Denmark we celebrate the launch of Christmas beer from Tuborg, the so-called J-Dag the first Friday in November. The day before J-Dag the beer lovers, as a protest against the big brewer Tuborg, have their own celebration of Christmas beer, the ØJ-Dag. At several craft beer bars you can enjoy some of the around 250 varieties of Danish Christmas beer. 

Taphouse Open 
Each January Taphouse, Lavendelstræde 15, a craft beer bar with 61 taps, hosts the event Taphouse Open, a competition for the home brewers. The public is invited to come and taste the home brews – and perhaps some of the beers on tap could be tempting too. 

Amerikanerdag 
The 4th of July is not only the Independence Day in USA, but also a Amerikanerdag, a celebration of American beer at Amager Bryghus, Kirstinehøj 38B. Amager Bryghus has made several collabs with the most recognized American brewers, and for the event some of the collabs are brewed again. Music, street food and a gathering of around 1000 beer loving Copenhageners.  

Mikkeller Beer Walk  - Press photos
A free 4.5 km guided walking tour lasting approx. 2-2.5 hours in Vesterbro. The guide, a local beer expert, will share stories of the hippest area of Copenhagen, of Mikkeller and of its founder, Mikkel Bjergsø. 
The Mikkeller Beer Walk is a 100% outdoor activity, free for everyone to join. Participants can buy the beer they prefer, or can follow the guide's recommendation for a more complete experience. 

Craft beer bars in Greater Copenhagen

1420 
Griffenfeldsgade 20, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website  
Sweet memories with sour beer? Visit the bar 1420 owned by a ’sour’ Belgian, Dennis Vansant. In his cosy corner bar you can among other great beers explore the finest Belgian sour beers – gueuze, lambic, etc. Also, sour beers from the Copenhagen based breweries BrygBrygBryg and Slowburn are regulars on tap and in bottle. 

Amager Bryghus Taproom Nørreport 
Nørre Voldgade 27, City centre, Copenhagen - Website 
Just opposite the bustling and stressful Nørreport Station, you have a perfect chance to calm down with a beer of high quality. Ten of the total15 taps are dedicated the beers from Amager Bryghus. The rest of the taps are with guest beers, both Danish and international. The beers from Amager Bryghus are exported to 40 countries,  

Barr 
Strandgade 93, Christianshavn, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
The first location of the world-famous Danish restaurant Noma is now a temple of beer. Barr is both a restaurant and a beer bar, and the dishes are often made with beer. The waiters are more than willing to suggest beers to pair with the food. The wiener schnitzel is famous.  

Brewers Inc 
Gormsgade 25, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website 
The homebrewers heaven. Always beers from the around 5000 homebrewers in Greater Copenhagen. The 16 taps will always thrill your palate with a great variety of beers and brands from Denmark and mostly Europe. Brewers Inc. is very close to the Stefansgade neighborhood with Mikkeller & Friends and other fine bars.  

BRUS 
Guldbergsgade 29, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
Beer bar, brewery, brasserie, and bottle shop in the same location and a success from day one. The 32 taps are dominated by the beers of the owner of the venue, the brewery To Øl. A handful of the taps are reserved the premade cocktails from Mikropolis, another business by To Øl. A former chef of a Michelin restaurant is the mastermind behind the brasserie.  

Fermentoren 
Halmtorvet 29C, Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website 
A Vesterbro favourite. Biergarten outside, inside a down to earth beer bar. On tap you will always find the brews by Dry & Bitter, the co-owner of the bar, but overall an open minded attitude towards the many beer styles of the world. Classic German brews, i.e. rauch bier (smoked beer), have a warm place in the heart of Fermentoren.  

Himmeriget 
Åboulevard 27, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
Probably the highest concentration of beer geeks in Copenhagen, but cosy as well. Here you find the rarest and most expensive beers, mostly from USA. Once a year the most hyped beer event in Denmark takes place at Himmeriget: The release of the Belgian speciality Cantillon Blåbær Lambic – and beer lovers are queuing for days to get hold of the rare bottles.  

Hugos Kælder 
Brogade 19, Køge - Website 
A good, old meeting place with an English pub feeling for all beer lovers in Køge and the region around the town. On tap you find 20 beers, in bottles and cans around 200 varieties of fine beer. Summer days you have to be lucky to find a free seat in the lovely biergarten.  

Humle Ølbar 
Vinhusgade 13, Næstved - Website 
Around 150 different beers, 20 taps with well-chosen beers from both Danish and international brands. The food at this cosy and popular place is both tasty and hearty, not the least the Danish open sandwiches, the smørrebrød. 

Kihoskh and Rbabarrab  
Sønder Boulevard 53, Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website 
Kihoskh is a first mover in the Danish beer revolution and an institution among beer lovers. In doubt? Visit the beer cellar with numerous of different beers from all over the world – enjoy the beer in the busy street Sønder Boulevard with a crowd of first-class hipsters. Around the corner of Kihoskh (yes the spelling is correct) you can enjoy a fine beer at their craft beer bar Rbabarrab.  

Klosterkælderen 
Store Gråbrødrestræde 23, Roskilde - Website 
More than 200 different beers to choose from. From the 20 taps there is always running both beer from megabrands like Carlsberg and small breweries, especially from Denmark and the Nordic countries.  

Kølsters Tolv Haner 
Rantzausgade 56, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
Always buzzling and just as many women as men enjoying the freshness of the organic beers from Kølster Malt & Øl. A both cool and unpretentious beer bar in a neighbourhood crammed with bars and restaurants. 

Lord Nelson Bar 
Hyskenstræde 9, City centre, Copenhagen - Website 
Danish craft beers only. Brands like Hornbeer, Amager Bryghus, Dry & Bitter, Ghost Brewing, Hancock and Ugly Duck are normally on their 14 taps.  

Mikkeller Bar 
Viktoriagade 8, Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
A legend. You get a feeling of craft beer history, when you enter this ”sacred” bar. The first (2010) of Mikkeller’s now 40+ bars around the world. Always extreme beers on tap – and extreme good beers.  

Mikkeller & Friends 
Stefansgade 35, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
The flagship bar for the beer guru Mikkel(ler)Borg Bjergsø and always filled with friends of good beer. The 40 taps and 200+ bottles of beer are not only Mikkeller beer, but also beers from around the world, especially USA. Next door neighbour is the bar Koelschip specialicing in Belgian sour beers.  

Skaal 
Kultorvet 11, City centre, Copenhagen - Website 
Big beer and burger bar centrally located close to Nørreport Station. The beer selection – 48 taps and 75+ beers in bottle/can – is curated by beer expert Jens Ungstrup, who is Mr. Ratebeer in Denmark. He has rated close to 50.000 beers on the beer rating site Ratebeer. 

Café Svejk 
Smallegade 31, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen - Website 
If you fancy Czech beer, look no further. Before the beer revolution conquered Denmark, Svejk was a watering hole for beer lovers. The Czech brewery Bohemia Regent has all always been the favourite brewery at Svejk and with good reason: The pilsner is outstanding. Nice location beside a pond and overlooking the impressive and beautiful town hall Frederiksberg Rådhus. A stone’s throw away, inside the town hall, you can enjoy the beers of Frederiksberg Bryghus.   

Søernes Ølbar  
Sortedam Dossering 83, Østerbro, Copenhagen - Website 
If you are an IPA fetishist, Søernes Ølbar is the place! So is Ørsted Ølbar

Nørre Farimagsgade 13 
same owner. Both venues are popular and when Champions League football is on the bars are even more bustling with beer – and football – lovers. Also, a great selection of especially Belgian beers in bottles.  

Taphouse 
Lavendelstræde 15, City centre, Copenhagen - Website 
The biggest beer bar in Copenhagen and with their own words: The bar with the most taps in Europe – 61. Taphouse attracts many different kinds of costumers, not only the beer nerds. The standard of the beer selection is at the highest level and always a great variation of beers.  

Warpigs  
Flæsketorvet 25-37, Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
Brewery and Texan barbecue in a former slaughterhouse in the meat packing district Kødbyen. The brewery and barbecue were almost predestined to become a success. An invention of Mikkeller and Three Floyds brewery (USA). Eating brisket and pork shoulder from the barbecue while drinking Mikkeller beer is a match made in Copenhagen. 

Ølbaren 
Elmegade 2, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website 
Regulars hanging around the bar, chatting with the bartender, enjoying and, often, discussing the quality of the beer on tap. Ølbaren is an institution, because it was a first mover (2002) among the craft beer bars in Europe. At Ølbaren they love all kinds of beers, just as long as they are good – that goes for pilsner and other non-IPA’s too – but don’t expect to order a Heineken here.  

Breweries in Greater Copenhagen

Amager Bryghus 
Kirstinehøj 38B, Amager, Copenhagen- Website 
Pioneers in the Danish beer revolution and still going very strong – just as strong as their beers. Extreme beers are at the core of the assortment, especially hoppy IPA’s, but the ever curious team of brewers are exploring all kinds of beer styles at an unbelievable pace – just as long as the beer types are pushing the limits of beer. The best way to enjoy their beers: Amager Bryghus Taproom Nørreport or Amager Bryghus Taproom Bryggen.  

Braunstein 
Carlsensvej 5, Køge - Website 
Beer and whisky are the passions of the Braunstein founders and brothers Michael and Claus, who have made Braunstein beer of household name in Denmark. Easy-going beers and an award-winning production of whisky. A huge bar with beer and whisky right beside the brewery at the harbour in Køge. 

BrygBrygBryg 
Meterbuen 45, Skovlunde - Website 
BrygBrygBryg really likes to brewbrewbrew. Very productive and inventive. The small scale brewery is known for its sour beers and beers with fruit, but their dogma is anything goes – just as long as it’s tasty.  

Dry & Bitter 
Borupvej 80, Gørløse - Website 
Dry & Bitter also excels in juicy and sweet beers. This brand is both for the hard-core beer nerd and the curious beer drinker. The assortment of beers is primarily about IPA, but Dry & Bitter is continuously expanding its range of beers. The latest addition: Pilsner. The excellent craft beer bar Fermentoren, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, is associated with Dry & Bitter.  

Carlsberg 
Visit Carlsberg, Gamle Carlsbergvej 11, Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
The father brewery to Danish beer and, probably, also to a worldwide beer audience. Visit Carlsberg offers you a historic tour of the origins of the 4. biggest brewery in the world. The Carlsberg beers are brewed elsewhere in Danmark and around the world, but at the site of the old, charming and beautiful brewery there still is a top modern craft beer brewery.  

Flying Couch 
Bygmestervej 6, Nørrebro, Copenhagen - Website 
IPA is at the centre of the Flying Couch, but the brewery is also talented in making sours and stouts. You can always find the beers from Flying Couch at the beer bars Ørsted Ølbar and Søernes Ølbar – the owner of the bars is a co-founder of Flying Couch.  

Gamma 
Smedeholmen 18, Herlev - Website 
The Danish undisputed masters of the most hyped beer style these days: NEIPA, New England India Pale Ale. Juicy and hop-infused beers galore is alpha and omega at Gamma. Newcomers, but with a huge talent for making thirst quenching beers. 

Herslev Bryghus 
Kattingevej 16, Herslev, Roskilde - Website 
Beer without hops! Almost unthinkable, but that’s a speciality at Herslev Bryghus. Their Mark series of sour beers with no hops are legendary. Perhaps because the brewery is founded by a farmer the brand is focused on local produce and organic beers. Broad range of beers though, including IPA, pilsner, porter and an increasing interest in barrel-aged beer.  

Krenkerup Bryggeri 
Krenkerupvej 33, Sakskøbing  - Website 
The most German-style brewery in Denmark. Pilsner, bock, wheat beer and dunkel on the menu. Krenkerup Bryggeri even brews a true German a rauch bier (smoked beer). The most award-winning brewery in Denmark. Enjoy a classic German-Danish brew at their wonderful biergarten in the courtyard to the listed estate Krenkerup Gods. 

Slowburn 
Byvej 55, Hvidovre - Website 
Perhaps the youngest and trendiest brewing team in Greater Copenhagen – established by an Italian, an American and a Dane. Slowburn is the newest success to the Copenhagen beer scene. If you crave for the latest trends, look no further than Slowburn. These days Slowburn is wild about pilsner. 

Warpigs 
Flæsketorvet 25-37. Vesterbro, Copenhagen - Website / Press photos
Mikkeller is a world known and renewed brand, but the Mikkeller beers are normally made at well-established breweries around the world. However, Warpigs, in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District (Kødbyen), which Mikkeller owns together with the successful US brewery Three Floyds, is a true hotspot for the beer geeks. Always trendy styles, always high quality – and the Texan barbecue is excellent too. 

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