Readers of this blog know who Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is. In our interview he talks about focus and best things. But we also get some news on the CBC and what it would take for him to do a collabo with Evil Twin. Or did it already happen? Answers and information you can find below.
Sure we went to London to drink beer, but we also went to talk to the people that make the beers we love an appreciate so much. Meet Gregg Irwin, Director at and half of Weird Beard Brew Co. – the other half being Bryan Spooner. We had a quick chat at the London Craft Beer Festival from beer geek to beer geek. And we’re happy to share our conversation with you below.
Through the six months we’ve been talking to Chad Yakobson, he hasn’t switched of his “out-of-office” message once. Yes, it changes, but the basic message stays the same: He is really, really, really busy with the expansion of Crooked Stave. Thus we are really greatful he took the time to answer our questions and also very pleased to give you this interview, completing our “Cerveza Sin Frontera” trilogy.
London truly is buzzing when it comes to beer. Just a few years ago you were more likely to find Budweiser in a traditional pub, then a good craft beer from a keg. But things have changed and in the wake of The Kernel and Camden Town came many more breweries, like Partizan, Beavertown or Brew By Numbers. Founded by Dave Seymour & Tom Hutchings they brew unpretentious and delicious beer just as they are unpretentious people.
The beer mile in Bermondsey is legendary. The second brewery to arrive there was Partizan Brewing, somewhat tucked away on a small street and behind a rather divey pub. The location is surprisingly small, and as Andy Smith, founder and brewer of Partizan explains, will soon be even more crammed with equipment. A week before the London Craft Beer Festival Andy took a moment to talk to us about all things Partizan.
Quite a meteoric rise To Øl did. Only five years old and already, according to RateBeer, it is one of the ten best breweries in the world. Tobias Emil Jensen, who along with Tore Gynther is To Øl, visited Switzerland for three stops. Between the two Meet The Brewer sessions at the Erzbierschof-Bar in Zurich we got the chance to sit down with him and ask him a few questions.
Why a dutch brewer is visiting a Swiss beer festival, a beer just has to be called Salty Dick and other deep insights into what’s currently happening in the flat land. This and more you can find out in our interview with Rick Nelson of Oedipus Brewing.
The tranquil beer scene was in an uproar when news of Evil Twin’s visit to beer café Au Trappist made the rounds. We bristled at the Evilness and ventured to a table with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin. In the interview we talk about Beerhunter, his knowledge of Switzerland, the secret collabo – about which we know nothing, of course -, sources of inspiration and Michael Jackson.
Terroir. Getting into wine, you’ll hear this term a lot. It’s a catch-all term for the environmental factors that have an influence on the wine. Terroir used to play a factor in beer too: beer styles were developed according to the local water. Different areas have different hops and malts. And maybe most importantly: the local microorganisms gave each brewery its own unique character.
Sometimes it only takes one beer and you know the brewery is something special. One of those beers was Bosuil (Strix aluco) by Dutch Brewery Het Uiltje. An immense Black IPA. Accordingly we are happy to introduce to you Robbert Uyleman, man behind Het Ultje.
After all three previous exposures to The Kernel Brewery, we’ve had at least one beer we’ve been raving about. After the first visit at the brewery in 2011 it was an IPA. At the De Molen it was the Bière De Table Barrel Aged #4 and at the CBC the London Sour Raspberry/Basil. Visiting Kernel in London thus was a no brainer.
In Vaud, on the Balcony of Jura, lies the idyllic small town of Sainte Croix. Already well known for hiking and skiing, from this town flows a stream of beer into Switzerland and the rest of the world as well. We met with Raphaël Mettler, the owner of Brasserie Trois Dames, to talk about his career and his planned attacks on our taste buds.