In 2006 he was a math and physics teacher that started experimenting with hops, malt and yeast back home in his kitchen in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel Borg Bjergsø exports his micro brewed beer to 40 different countries and is internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and cutting edge brewers in the world.
Mikkeller's style of brewing is considered to be unique, since many of its beers are experimental with novel tastes. During its history, Mikkeller has released 800 different beers in a wide variety of styles, including several variations on the same beers. All of the various recipes are engineered at Mikkeller's own facility in Copenhagen but the beers are brewed in collaboration with various breweries, which is why Mikkeller is defined as a 'Microbrewery'. Yet there's nothing micro or small about the level of Mikkeller beer production...altogether, the company's annual output is 17,000 hectolitres of beer!
The Mikkeller Beer Celebration was founded in 2012 and takes place each year in May. A festival dedicated to great-tasting beer which mainly features small breweries from around the world. Generally, these breweries use the Celebration to premiere new beers, many create small one-off batches of special beer brewed specifically for the festival.
'Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen has quickly positioned itself as one of the most recognised beer festivals in the world – among both guests and breweries.'
On a "research" trip last year, fforest chief and son Jackson visited the festival to sample some of the world's best beers. Unfortunately they can't remember the names of their favourites...