Mikkeller - Not Just Another Wit

Mikkeller - Not Just Another Wit

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Style:

Imperial Witbier/Belgian-style IPA

Country:

Denmark

Alcohol by Volume:

8.00%

Mikkeller - Not Just Another Wit

  • Alcohol by Volume: 8.00%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Tumbler, Weizen Glass or Pint Glass
The name "Not Just Another Wit" is a commentary on the blast-zone explosion of Belgian-style witbiers that's hit the US over the past few years. This beer really is NOT just another one of those wits, it pushes the limits of what is traditionally a modest-alcohol-level beer known for its thirst-quenching capabilities. It could be called an India Pale Witbier, Imperial Witbier, or Belgian IPW—take your pick; boundaries are being pushed and stylistic definitions defied. Pour off enough to fill a glass about ¾ full, then swirl the bottle to get the sediment roused, but watch it, it will foam out of the bottle if you're not quick about pouring it off. Expect floral-shop-meets-herb-garden scents—notes of roses, fresh cut coriander, sage, and rosemary dominate, with a touch of pine resin, lemon and orange rind, and a whisper of crème brulee and talcum powder. On the palate, this beer hits a bit more like an IPA than a traditional witbier, with hop bitterness asserting itself right away, and an ultra-dry herbal character like ground herbs (stems and all) sprinkled with aspirin-powder, providing a bitter, dry finish. When cool, the characteristic sour, tart notes found in traditional witbiers are difficult to pick up (masked by the dry bitterness), but as it warms, they do come out. This is somewhere between Belgian IPA (an emerging style) and witbier—combining the best elements of both. Tasty, and a work of creative genius.
Translation: Not applicable Country: Denmark City: Copenhagen Regional Locale: Central Eastern Denmark Official Language: Danish How To Say Beer There: Øl (pronounced: oouhl) Continent: Europe The Scandinavian beer scene is exploding. There's been a surge over the past many years in the number of microbreweries, many trying to emulate the big, bold beers of the US microbrew revolution. Despite beer's high cost (expect to pay about $9 for a pint in Denmark, and as much as $15 in Norway), the scene is booming. One of the breweries that has led the charge is Mikkeller, founded in the kingdom of Denmark by Mikkel Borg BjergsØ and Kristian Klarup Keller (the name Mikkeller is a combination of their first and last names.) Not quite three years old, their rise to beer geek prominence has been meteoric. In 2006, their first year in business, Mikkeller was named Danish brewery of the year, and the fifth best brewery in the world. The secret to their success? As BjergsØ, now in the business by himself (Keller left to take a job in another field) says, "We brew the beer we like, and we don't think too much what the customer wants." Not pulling any punches there... Turns out, customers like what he's doing. Mikkeller beers are highly coveted across numerous continents, which is why we're totally psyched to be bringing you one of their newest creations this month. While it's a bummer that the founding duo have split, BjergsØ has not quite gone it alone. He's worked with some heavy hitters, partnering up with brewing illuminati like AleSmith, Stone, De Struise, and Three Floyds, among others. Part of what's got them noticed, besides their boundary-pushing beers, is their attitude. BjergsØ prides himself on pushing the envelope, while not taking himself too seriously. With amusing names like "Gone Cold Turkey?" "It's Alive!" "All Others Pale," "Santa's Little Helper," and "Beer Geek Breakfast," they've fully, completely and totally embraced their beer geekdom. This Danish brewer is steeped with the youthful, hip elements that have also helped make bands from Denmark some of the best break-out music-makers of the past 5 years. There's a blatant intelligence, but not pompousness, and levity blended with high gravity. The fact is, Mikkeller may just about be the coolest brewery out there. There, we said it… They recently brewed "Black," which they describe as "Denmark's strongest beer and Mikkeller's 'most violent' beer to date." Hell yes! Here are a couple examples of their "style"… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqrtcQk3Ziw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UBAfWyySmk OK, OK, we know, it's a pain to try and copy URLs like these by hand, from this newsletter, into your browser. But here's an easier way: punch this one up— www.beermonthclub.com/pastbeernews and dig up this month's newsletter (it's easy, you'll find it)—where you'll be able to just click the links above, or, copy and paste them into your browser. Mikkeller started brewing beer in their kitchen, and set out to challenge the Danes' taste buds with intense taste adventures, seeking to provoke some inventiveness in Danish beer brewing. As they put it "why not show the way?" Mission accomplished Mikkeller. For more information about the brewery, check out their website at www.mikkeller.dk
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